Pete Absolon killed in Wind River accident


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Trad climber
Boone, NC
Apr 2, 2012 - 04:06pm PT
I remember Pete from my early days of climbing at Seneca Rocks when he was a guide there along with a guy named Topper. They were always good to us and invited us to their house for a shower. One of Pete's clients had accidentally left his climbing pack in our campsite, and when we turned it in to the Gendarme climbing shop, Pete arranged for us to get a small reward. I bought my first chalk bag with the money. We cooked a pineapple upside down cake on our camp stove, burned the crap out of it and shared it with Pete and Topper. The burned part didn't bother them a bit. I didn't know Pete well, but I always considered him a friend.

Mike Grimm
Boone, NC
Molly A

Social climber
Jul 30, 2012 - 09:23pm PT
I don't know that many people come here anymore. I've been writing about Pete lately and so was pulled back to this forum, which was my lifeblood for months after his death. I thank everyone who has ever written here. I treasure every story, every memory you've shared about Pete. We miss him and Avery is growing up into a beautiful young woman, but her memories are fading and so these stories help keep her father's memory alive.

I finally commissioned a wonderful artist — Julie Burr — to create an urn for Pete's ashes and this summer we dedicated it at a small gathering of friends and family. It was a beautiful, sad, happy evening. Again, Pete touched us and reminded us to live life to its fullest. Thank you my sweet man. I hope your spirit is happy and free.
Pete's urn.
Pete's urn.
Credit: Molly A

Cody, WY
Aug 1, 2012 - 12:06pm PT

What a beautiful way to honor Pete's memory. I didn't know him all that well and only met the three of you a few times on my many visits to Lander, but my great friends there have always had wonderful things to say about him.

I had the true honor of carrying my friend Todd Skinner's ashes back from Wyoming a couple years ago and delivering them to Julie in NC (where I used to live). She is such an amazing artist and has done these two men proud by the memorials she has created.

I hope someday I can visit Pete's and I also hope you and Avery are well and happy.

Take care and be good to yourself.

Peter Mallamo
Topper Wilson

Trad climber
Pueblo, CO
Aug 9, 2012 - 11:50am PT

I love it, spot on!

all the best,


Social climber
Tucson, AZ
May 8, 2013 - 02:18am PT
Thinking of you today Pete. Gone but not forgotten.

Trad climber
Nedsterdam CO
May 8, 2013 - 03:00am PT
Pete was like a big brother to me. I miss him.
Sister of Pete Absolon

Social climber
Edina, Minnesota
Aug 12, 2013 - 08:25am PT

The Absolons are together in Florida at Martha's.

We remembered Pete yesterday.
We told stories and Aves through
beautiful dark red rose into the bay.


Grandma Mary Mom

Martha, Kevin, Samantha, Alexandria,

Molly and Avery

Mary and Molly.


Our lives and hearts are patched together
by the community our family forever.

Sister of Pete Absolon

Social climber
Edina, Minnesota
Jul 16, 2014 - 12:22am PT
Hi Everyone:

It has been about two years since I entered a comment here.

Sometimes 2007 seems so close, other times not so.

The intertwining of the paths in our lives meanders on.

This year it will return us to Lander, Wyoming.

Our daughter, Pete's niece, is excited about a NOLS internship in Lander.
Molly has completed several NOLS courses.

It is sad that Pete is not around to enjoy and relish in this wonderful "family affair".
I know his spirit and personality will embrace our daughter is many wonderful ways as she walks and lives and touches the same places that have Pete's fingerprints on.

See Ya later....

Love Always,

Sister of Pete Absolon

Social climber
Edina, Minnesota
Aug 10, 2014 - 11:18pm PT
Thinking of you my dear brother on this fateful day in 2007....

May you rest in peace always.

Climb on....



Aug 11, 2014 - 12:01am PT
I know from personal experience how it feels...I hope the pain has eased somewhat for you although it will never go away. Best wishes to you and yours

Social climber
Aug 11, 2014 - 02:18am PT
hey there say, to mary...

thank you for stopping by and sharing your love, and heart felt share, about your dear brother...

thank you for updates, as to the family...
may grace and strength, continually be yours, in so many ways...

Door Number 3
Aug 11, 2014 - 04:59am PT
Pete Absolon
Pete Absolon
Credit: COT

Pete during our one day ascent of The Jaded Lady (VI 5.12a) on Mt Hooker. The hail and rain storm ended our free attempt, but a good outing none the less. Miss you buddy!


Gym climber
Here and there
Nov 11, 2014 - 05:41pm PT
Missing you, Pete. I've been thinking about you a bunch recently. You're so awesome.

--Nate Furman
Molly A

Social climber
Dec 1, 2014 - 02:41pm PT
I am so moved to come back here and see posts from friends and family. It's crazy how much time has passed and yet how strong my love for Pete remains. He brought light into many of our lives. He'd be so proud of his beautiful daughter who has grown into a lovely, talented and kind young woman. He'd love to see the snow falling outside my window and know the freezer is full of moose meat from this year's hunt (not mine, but my husband Allen's).

Thanks dear friends for helping me hold Pete's memory in your hearts. I have come to realize that, not my anger, is the best way to honor him.

Much love,

Social climber
Dec 1, 2014 - 03:16pm PT
Not that I know (or knew) any of you, but this event posted up here has always struck a strong cord with me. Unless there is a real reason to it, I get on peoples case's for trundling of any kind. RIP Pete Absolon. His memorial is still there I take it. One of these days I will make a point of visiting it.


Dec 1, 2014 - 04:30pm PT

Molly, I never knew Pete, but he's clearly the kind of person that any of us would joyfully tie in with anytime. I remember the first post back in 2007, but didn't know what to say to you then: maybe I still don't. I just want you to know that a stranger out here who never knew Pete, but wishes that he had, sends you and yours good feelings for the holidays. None of us forgot, nor will we.

Warm regards
Sister of Pete Absolon

Social climber
Edina, Minnesota
Jan 14, 2015 - 10:41pm PT

My dear brother Pete's Mom passed away December 21, 2014....

Mary Bendix Absolon, age 84 of Rockville, Maryland, formerly of Annandale, Minnesota passed away peacefully on Sunday December 21, 2014 at home with son and grandson. Born 11/30/1930. Preceded in death by parents Lester & Molly Bendix; husband Karel; children Fritz & Peter; & daughter-in-law Sue. Survived by her children Mary (Bill Herber), John & Martha Delehanty (Kevin); daughter-in-law Molly Absolon (Allen O’Bannon); grandchildren Chris & Molly Herber, Lucas Absolon, Samantha, Alexandria & Duke Delehanty, and Avery Absolon; brother John Bendix (Deanna); cousin Barb Boughton (Barry); cousin Richard Peterson; and nephew Henry Ziegler (Zhi). Mary was a University of Minnesota School of Nursing graduate, registered nurse, attended St. Catherine’s, St. Paul, MN & volunteered at the National Library of Congress. For over 31 years & to her death, she was a proud friend of Bill W’s. Her living legacy are her children, grandchildren, and medical library collection she & her husband donated to Absolon Collection at Laupus Library East Carolina University. She died with great serenity & was passionate about Minnesota sports teams, Jane Austen and Downton Abbey. She was loved by those who came in contact with her. A Mass of Christian Burial & Celebration of Life will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 4900 Strathmore Ave., Garrett Park, MD on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 11 am with family receiving friends 1 hour prior. Interment will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery Silver Spring, Maryland. Donations can be made in Mary’s name to Absolon Collection Laupus Library, East Carolina University 600 Moye Blvd Greenville, NC 27834 or Rockville Meals on Wheels P.O. Box 465 Rockville, MD 20848.


Jan 14, 2015 - 11:43pm PT
Best luck to you and your family. It sounds like you had a great mom.
Sister of Pete Absolon

Social climber
Edina, Minnesota
May 6, 2015 - 08:01pm PT
I hear there is an Absolon relative living in Lander??? Who would have thought...

Thanks Bro for bringing your niece to Lander and NOLs....

Know your spirit roams with her on your rocks...

Love and Remembrance from my Heart


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