Archive for January, 2012

In Memory of a Pioneer – Jack Roberts

// January 19th, 2012 // No Comments » // Climbing

Jack Roberts

Ice climbing is a risky endeavor, there is no questioning that.  The medium is as unpredictable as it is beautiful.  Climbers gaze upon these frozen cascades and look for possibilities, ways to test themselves on an element which one day is water and the next a temporary ramp into the sky.  It takes vision, skill and strength of mind and body to pioneer a sport like this and it is those attributes which were embodied by Jack Roberts.  Just a few days ago on Sunday January 15, Jack took a 60 foot lead fall on Bridalveil falls near Telluride, Colorado.  The injuries that he sustained in this fall on the second pitch were so severe that they later claimed his life as he went into cardiac arrest.  Jack was 58.

Bridalveil Falls, an almost 400-foot-high Grade 5 ice climb was described by Roberts in His book Colorado Ice as “A climb of legendary stature and beauty… a Colorado and indeed an American classic.”  You were a classic too Jack – thanks for inspiring all us climbers on to bigger and more “impossible” things.

Our prayers are with his wife Pam and climbing partner Jon as they are left with the pain in his absence.  May God grant you both peace and understanding.

The Telluride Daily Planet has a report.

BridalVeil Falls Telluride, CO






Born to Die

// January 17th, 2012 // No Comments » // Reflections, Uncategorized

Today I got the news that two of my friends lost their new baby, just eleven minutes after he was born.   Joshua Isaac Benson was born into this world at 5:35pm. At 5:46pm he went home to be with Jesus.  Was his life no less special than any of ours?  The only difference is the amount of time we have had on this earth.  The end result for us all will be the same.  Life is terminal.  We are all born to die, but as the Bible says there is hope for a life after “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life…a time is coming and now has come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live” John 5:24-25.

The pregnancy was not easy and like all parents it was a time filled with hope and expectation of what the future would hold for this little baby.  The trials began early, but no one gave up hoping that Joshua would pull through.  Joshua did pull through just long enough to come into the world, take a breath, be held, hear his parent’s voices clearly, receive a kiss, but also to get poked and prodded, pulled on and hurried about.  In these few moments Joshua got to experience a lot of life but was most likely unaware of it all.

As my heart breaks for this family I am reminded that every day is a gift.  Life is a gift and we are often, like a newborn, unaware of much that goes on around us – love that is waiting to be extended and hope in hard times.  We get hurried about and caught in rushing streams that take us away from the realization that the beating of a heart itself is a gift.

When my next birthday comes I won’t complain that I am older.  We celebrate this day in our lives because we are fortunate to have them.  Fortunate that our hearts go on beating, that we can still give and receive love.  Our days, hours, and minutes on this planet are numbered and so we should celebrate each one but also know that there is something better still that awaits us.  Joshua was on the fast track to seeing this and is indeed in a better place than we are now.  A baby that would remain in the womb would miss out on all the glory of this world – it is not a place to remain forever.  We too can hold on to hope that this world is not a place for us to remain forever, that there exists a greater more glorious place one where Cory and Eric will see Joshua again finally understanding why.

Cory and Eric are continuing to trust and hope in God to get them through this difficult time.