Kris has been a great climbing partner and friend for many, many years. I can't wait for him to get better so we can go climbing again!
The first time I ever climbed with Kris we did a Tuolumne route called Piece of Grass. I didn't really warn him about the nasty runouts. At any rate, he led the second pitch with only one small complaint about the runout to the anchors (35 feet or so) and then when I was about 90 feet out on the third pitch, with no pro, he quietly tells me that if I fall off he is going to cut the rope cause the crappy quarter inchers he is hanging on are never going to hold me. Quite a partner!
In climbing you meet all sorts of great people, but Kris is one the nicest guys I've had the pleasure to meet and with whom to climb. He's tough, smart and interesting too, which makes hanging around him all the more enjoyable.
I've been out of town and out of touch for the last several weeks and missed this originally. Glad to have seen it (even if I'm late to the party) so I can offer a big loving dose of appreciation to Kris. Never climbed with him, but I've enjoyed our friendship immensely! Best to you!