Charlie Fowler Missing in Tibet


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Dec 27, 2006 - 02:05pm PT
Sad news.

No problem viewing the thread here, Ron.

I met Chris (as she introduced herself) skiing at Crystal last winter. She was so humble that I didn't know who she was until we left the lodge and my buddy said, "You know that was Christine Boskoff, right?"

Better to live fully and die doing what we love, but better yet to go at a ripe old age. Be safe out there folks.


Dec 27, 2006 - 03:28pm PT
Damn, I was really hoping this would turn out alright!

I'm truly sorry for the families and friends of these two amazing people. They will be deeply missed. At least there's some closure now and it is a huge relief that they found them and can presumably piece together what happened. I was worried that they might never be found and that would've been even worse.

Trad climber
Clackamas, Oregon
Dec 27, 2006 - 03:37pm PT
A nice thought, Mimi, that at least there is some closure. If there is any consolation, perhaps it is in that the bodies can be returned to their families. After following the Hood rescue attempt concurrently with Charlie's, I'm out of energy. A long year for climbing indeed, and it seemed to worsen exponentially.

Trad climber
Dec 27, 2006 - 07:29pm PT
I have known Charlie since I was a teenager climbing in Eldorado. I know most of us Knew this would happen, but that changes nothing. Devastation.

Trad climber
Dec 27, 2006 - 09:16pm PT
It's been a tough year all around, for me personally, for some of my friends, and for the "community" in general.

For some reason this story has really gotten to me, RIP Charlie and Chris.

(Off to sob now)
T2's Wife

Trad climber
Dec 27, 2006 - 10:41pm PT
Like many others I have been following this tread daily hoping and praying for a better turn out. I am deeply saddened by the news and my deepest condolences to all his friends and family. My the love of the mountain find peace in your heart.


Trad climber
Up the 'Creek w/out a Prada
Jul 23, 2007 - 12:00pm PT
Christine Boskoff's body has been found near Charlie's:

It's still sad. My heart goes out to their loved ones.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 20, 2011 - 02:28pm PT
Amazing, five years now since I got the call from Joel.

I visited him recently in Norwood and we drove by Charlie's place (now owned by his absentee sister).
I remember hoping that word would not reach Kyle whose condition was grave, but no such luck. Kyle lingered on for years. They soon started cutting pieces off of him.

On the same recent trip I drove past Kyle's address.
The house that was "climbing central" for years in Moab, where we partied, where we had slide shows outside using the textured stucco wall of the Bowdin Motel as a screen, where we did lapidary work, where we made music in the basement, where we planned our next adventure or de-racked from the last,........ is gone.

Torn down.

It is now a parking lot for the Bowdin Motel.
goatboy smellz

Dec 20, 2011 - 03:04pm PT
Thanks for the reminder Ron.
Taking care of my dying parents and weighting the options on how to check out I think Charlie and Christine took the better path,

dying in a hospital is no way to go.

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 20, 2011 - 05:34pm PT

It's sad. Though I wouldn't make a pimple on Charlie's butt as a climber,
he was always a true gentleman with me. Didn't put people down, was always
positive, no bragging. One of the old DC gang, I was lucky to
know Charlie.

Such a loss.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Feb 4, 2013 - 11:03am PT
Posting in the Donini appreciation thread and putting up a bunch of pictures of Jim in Alaska and Patagonia on my website inspired me to do something similar with my best photos of Charlie from our trip up Cerro Torre's Compressor Route in 1996.

He is missed.

And talk about influence! A tidbit of information Charlie passed me after one of his Tibet trips set me on the trail of the story of what would evolve into China's Wings, a project that dominated my life for eight years.

Trad climber
Ridgway, CO
Feb 4, 2013 - 12:00pm PT
Thanks for sharing your photos . . . thanks to Charlie for everything you have done for your fellow climbers. We carry you in our hearts always.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Feb 4, 2013 - 04:26pm PT
You're welcome, Kalimon.

Lots of us miss him. I really regret not taking Charlie up on his offer to do a trip to Tibet with him in the late '90s, but I was too focused on Patagonia and Alaska. I was always seduced by the tremendous edge there is in the repeat trip. I figured there was time to go with him once I'd gotten a few more projects out of my head.

There wasn't.
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