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Trad climber
Santa Cruz, California
Mar 21, 2018 - 04:25pm PT

Goodbye Mr. Higgins. You inspired us.

Peace to his family and friends.

Mountain climber
Colorado & Nepal
Mar 21, 2018 - 04:50pm PT
So sorry to hear this. It seems especially hard when the person who dies is younger than oneself. So many strong climbers have died before me.

I'll always remember Tom as much for his intellect as his climbing. He wrote such insightful pieces on the Sacherer thread. RIP. Your pain is over.

Condolences to his family.

Mountain climber
Reno, NV
Mar 21, 2018 - 04:57pm PT
Hard to know what to say. Lost Bud Couch a while ago.
Did a lot of climbing with Higgins, had a lot of trust.
I climbed better with Tom than with anyone else.
He expected it.
Drank some whiskey. Ate a lot of Ramen.
Higgins has been part of our family in many ways.
He and I somehow managed to squeeze into the Mendenhall/Dyar world.
Did a lot of laughing. Never uttered a single cross word.
I'm going to miss him.
Patrick Oliver

Boulder climber
Fruita, Colorado
Mar 21, 2018 - 04:59pm PT
I had just spoken to Tom, as he was helping me with my new book. We did so many good climbs together, but always we laughed. A short while ago he wrote to me, "We digitized all the old prints, negatives and albums and get to go back in time with mouse clicks. And there we are, big red walls rising above us, Eldorado, our youthful faces... your smile near smirk, hardly did we know what a prize our youth and climbing were. It all sits in me as far fading. Nothing new in how time moves and the past fades... I am so very grateful in spite of all the stupidity... I was privileged to teeter up and up with friends in sun on the most gorgeous walls we then knew.... Great was the raw earth, and our touching it....

Tom was the best, our best.

A small P.S. I am generally very happy to let people use photos, but that does not mean I would not appreciate at least a credit, or simply to ask....

Big Wall climber
Bitter end of a bad anchor
Mar 21, 2018 - 05:02pm PT
So sad - RIP Tom.

His last post is eerie in it's similarity.

Mountain climber
Mar 21, 2018 - 05:06pm PT
I'm so sorry to hear this. I am always inspired by Tom's stories and words, which capture so much of the spirit of climbing.

Rest in Peace, Mr. Higgins.
Patrick Oliver

Boulder climber
Fruita, Colorado
Mar 21, 2018 - 05:11pm PT

Mountain climber
Reno, NV
Mar 21, 2018 - 05:29pm PT
I remember the shirt--and that FAST Porsche that got us to Colorado, where we stayed with Dave Rearick.

Trad climber
Mar 21, 2018 - 05:48pm PT
RIP - lost for words.

Gold Canyon, AZ
Mar 21, 2018 - 06:07pm PT
I'm really sorry to hear this. RIP, Tom.

Roger Breedlove

Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Mar 21, 2018 - 06:11pm PT
Surprising and sad. My sincerest condolences to Tom's family and friends.

Trad climber
Upland, CA
Mar 21, 2018 - 06:11pm PT
This is very sad news. Condolences to his family and many friends.
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Mar 21, 2018 - 06:53pm PT
McLean just called me.

Stoney Point: Tom Higgins, Bob Kamps, Dennis Hennek, Ken Boche, Russ McLean

That was Stoney back in the 60s

Rest easy Tom.

Social climber
From the Time Before the Rocks Cooled.
Mar 21, 2018 - 06:54pm PT
Rest in peace, Mr. Higgins. Your leadership was an inspiration to us all! My condolences to everyone who knew this fine man.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Mar 21, 2018 - 07:07pm PT

Darwin, the same happened here. I have not cried for years but when I read the FB post a few hours ago I cried so very hard.

I met Higgins @ 6 years ago and he has been a huge blessing and help advising Yerian and I on the book we are putting together, Tuolumne Climber. I cannot say enough about his wisdom, caring, creativity and genuine love for his family and the climbing community. Peace Tom and huge hugs and love to his family. Lynne Leichtfuss
Delhi Dog

Good Question...
Mar 21, 2018 - 07:24pm PT
Oh man, so very sorry.
Best thoughts and healing to all family and friends.

SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, A sailboat, or some time zone
Mar 21, 2018 - 07:45pm PT
So very sad.


The state of quantum flux
Mar 21, 2018 - 07:53pm PT
Face Climber

I found an edge
then trusted it
from hand to foot
and then another
I searched and found
a minute rugosity
and trusted it
like a brother

To many of us
You were one of the great ones
Goodbye Mr Higgins

Trad climber
Mar 21, 2018 - 08:36pm PT
Every Higgins route that I've climbed shines in my memory.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Mar 21, 2018 - 08:57pm PT
Iím at a loss for words, my deepest condolences and empathy for Tomís family and friends.
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