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#980279 - 09/26/10 04:19 PM R.I.P. Dallas
ketch Offline
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Registered: 07/10/03
Posts: 633
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Loc: In the sea of skree
It is with the sadness of a partner leaving us I share that Dallas Kloke has passed. Yesterday while scrambling in the
Pleiades, a hand hold broke which led to what his partner described as an un-survivable fall. As of this afternoon the search for his remains is still ongoing. Best of wishes and prayers to his surviving family and the searchers involved.

Edited by ketch (09/26/10 04:46 PM)
Climbing is the art of mitigating known risks, sort of like speeding in a volvo.

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#980281 - 09/26/10 04:25 PM Re: R.I.P. Dallas [Re: ketch]
sparverius Offline

Registered: 07/14/05
Posts: 180
TRs: 13 Photos: 390
Loc: Seattle
I'm really sorry to hear this. I talked to Dallas last week at the Index party and he was charging hard at 70. His love for the mountains was contagious. My thoughts and condolences go to his family and friends, including those who were on that climb with him.

#980287 - 09/26/10 04:44 PM Re: R.I.P. Dallas [Re: sparverius]
kevbone Offline
Sick Spray Bird

Registered: 12/31/04
Posts: 15445
TRs: 3 Photos: 291
Loc: land of the little people.
So sorry to hear this. I had the pleasure of meeting him once on top of Liberty Bell in 97.
All you need is love.....

#980294 - 09/26/10 05:20 PM Re: R.I.P. Dallas [Re: kevbone]
Calvinclimber Offline

Registered: 08/31/05
Posts: 16
TRs: 0 Photos: 2
Loc: Bend, OR
Dallas was a friend, Western Washington Chapter Coordinator and Board Member of the organization I head - Solid Rock Climbers for Christ. His love for his family, climber partners, athletes, running, climbing and living will be missed. His favorite verse is "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
Dallas (white helmet) September 2009 on summit of Liberty Bell.

Edited by Calvinclimber (09/26/10 05:27 PM)

#980297 - 09/26/10 05:55 PM Re: R.I.P. Dallas [Re: Calvinclimber]
Weekend_Climberz Offline

Registered: 08/04/02
Posts: 3403
TRs: 4 Photos: 139
Loc: Overlooking Elliot Bay
Wow, Kloke!?! This is truly a sad day. Condolences all around.
Weekday Sprayer

#980299 - 09/26/10 06:49 PM Re: R.I.P. Dallas [Re: Weekend_Climberz]
Jaredvg Offline

Registered: 10/05/06
Posts: 18
TRs: 0 Photos: 0
Loc: The Ham
This is so sad... Dallas was an amazing person with amazing motivation all around in life. Northwest Washington will not be the same without him. At 70 years old, he was one of the most inspiring people I have ever met! I don't know many other people motivated enough to run laps up and down the road at Mt. Erie in the cold Anacortes winter rain. Sincere condolences to all his loved ones, I know that I will miss crossing paths with him in the hills. Dallas, you are amazing!

#980300 - 09/26/10 07:07 PM Re: R.I.P. Dallas [Re: Jaredvg]
Skeezix Offline

Registered: 04/22/04
Posts: 1266
TRs: 0 Photos: 3
Loc: Port Angeles
I knew Dallas when I started my teaching career at Anacortes High School. He is one of the big names in Northwest Mountaineering, but was a humble guy --easy to be around and ever enthusiastic for climbing. Known for authoring the climbers guide to Mt. Erie.
He is richest whose needs are least.

#980308 - 09/26/10 07:57 PM Re: R.I.P. Dallas [Re: Skeezix]
Sol Offline

Registered: 01/24/03
Posts: 1707
TRs: 31 Photos: 407
Loc: leavenworth
I'm really sorry to hear this sad news.

Condolences to friends and family.

#980309 - 09/26/10 07:58 PM Re: R.I.P. Dallas [Re: Skeezix]
genepires Offline

Registered: 06/27/01
Posts: 3803
TRs: 8 Photos: 59
Loc: sharing-hood
damn it all..there is no justice. Met Dallas a couple time and he was one of the most friendly outgoing guys I ever met. Both times were very good encounters. We all will miss this great man.
snatching defeat from the jaws of victory

#980310 - 09/26/10 08:09 PM Re: R.I.P. Dallas [Re: genepires]
Tom_Sjolseth Offline
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Registered: 09/02/05
Posts: 548
TRs: 45 Photos: 1972
Loc: Wenatchee (The Kent of the Eas...
Wow, this is very sad news. Dallas is someone I truly admired. My condolences to his friends and family.
Heavy and slow.

#980311 - 09/26/10 08:23 PM Re: R.I.P. Dallas [Re: Tom_Sjolseth]
northwest_dad Offline

Registered: 10/27/05
Posts: 35
TRs: 0 Photos: 0
Loc: Bend, Or
Dallas was a truly motivated and amazing person. I climbed the Northwest Face route 5.10 with him last year on Liberty Bell and was amazed at his competence and honored to be climbing with him, it was on the day before his 70th birthday. His life long feats are amazing and a climber, guidebook author and running coach. His life was an inspiration to all to never let age or status quo dictate the passions you have.
Dallas, we will miss you greatly.

#980315 - 09/26/10 08:47 PM Re: R.I.P. Dallas [Re: northwest_dad]
Alex Offline

Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 4676
TRs: 23 Photos: 116
Loc: Seattle, WA, USA
Very sad to hear Dallas news. He really gave to this climbing community and will be missed.

#980316 - 09/26/10 08:53 PM Re: R.I.P. Dallas [Re: northwest_dad]
ivan Online   sickness
Sick Spray Bird

Registered: 03/12/02
Posts: 17475
TRs: 118 Photos: 1803
Loc: Oceania
for every one of us
living in this world
means waiting for our end
let he who can achieve
glory before death
when a warrior is gone
that will be his best
and only bulwark
Ignorance is Strength
War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery

#980317 - 09/26/10 09:02 PM Re: R.I.P. Dallas [Re: ivan]
justinm Offline

Registered: 12/15/08
Posts: 1
TRs: 0 Photos: 0
Loc: WA
There are a lot of ways to die. Fortunately, this man led a long happy fruitful life and and died in a way that was so befitting to the environment & activity he loved. We should all be so lucky really. My sincere condolences to his family, friends, and climbing partners he was with yesterday. Take care of each other.

#980318 - 09/26/10 09:11 PM Re: R.I.P. Dallas [Re: justinm]
Rad Online   content

Registered: 08/11/03
Posts: 2451
TRs: 28 Photos: 760
Loc: The Emerald City
RIP Dallas. I know many here will miss you.
Earth and stone echo my bone.

#980322 - 09/26/10 09:36 PM Re: R.I.P. Dallas [Re: Rad]
stevetimetravlr Offline

Registered: 07/29/08
Posts: 1730
TRs: 2 Photos: 272
Loc: Washington
I am so sorry to hear this news. His legacy of climbs is left for the rest of us. Ivan, well said.

#980323 - 09/26/10 09:42 PM Re: R.I.P. Dallas [Re: stevetimetravlr]
pink Offline

Registered: 10/19/06
Posts: 8494
TRs: 1 Photos: 368
"no one here gets out alive" jim morrison

i have always taken comfort in this. farwell to a true climber.

#980331 - 09/26/10 10:24 PM Re: R.I.P. Dallas [Re: pink]
JasonG Offline

Registered: 10/12/00
Posts: 2777
TRs: 106 Photos: 1778
Loc: Mount Vernon
A little extra background on the accident so those in the party don't have to retell the ordeal: Dallas was part of a five person party on a day trip to the Pleiades on Saturday, September 25th. While scrambling loose 3rd/4th class terrain approximately 10 vertical feet from the summit (~1:30pm), Dallas dislodged a large coffee table sized block. It knocked him off the route, and he fell ~300 down a gully before the rest of the party lost sight of him. The portion of the fall that was witnessed was thought to be fatal. One member of the party down climbed several hundred feet of sketchy terrain and found a couple articles of clothing, but no Dallas. He estimated that Dallas had fallen considerably farther, and that survival was not possible. The party could not get cell reception on the peak, and had to get partway to hwy 542 before they could contact the Sheriff/SAR. The mission to recover Dallas is ongoing . . .

To close, here are some photos taken within the last year- as you can see he was still active in all seasons and always fired up about climbing. Although I only began to climb with Dallas in the last couple of years, I really admired him as someone who has been in the sport for a long time- someone who balanced family, work, and climbing. I will really miss him.

-Jason Griffith

#980332 - 09/26/10 10:31 PM Re: R.I.P. Dallas [Re: pink]
TRbetaFlash Offline

Registered: 09/03/08
Posts: 69
TRs: 4 Photos: 1
Loc: Seattle, WA
I'm at a loss for words.

Dallas had a special part in my life as a mentor and someone to look up to. He was my distance running track coach for all four years of high school. You should have seen how dedicated this guy was - to his runners, to sharing his infinite knowledge, and to keeping his personal fitness sharp. He was the kind of guy you just _have to_ admire for all the amazing shenanigans he'd pulled off in his life.

He was always cramming in route development sessions on Mt. Erie between track practices. He disappeared on impromptu runs up Sauk Mountain. The guy was an animal. I don't know how to put it otherwise. He was a blast to climb with, whether cragging or in the alpine and he had a true respect for the mountains.

Some say that when someone important to you goes away, it's helpful to write your feelings down. I guess this is that time. I don't know what else to say other than - If there is one person to follow the example of in climbing around here, it's Dallas Kloke.

If I'm not back in 10 minutes, avenge my death.

#980339 - 09/27/10 12:40 AM Re: R.I.P. Dallas [Re: ketch]
bwwakaranai Offline

Registered: 07/15/10
Posts: 185
TRs: 3 Photos: 46
Just heard and I am completely shocked. What a loss for all who knew this amazing person. Such a kind hearted and thoughtful man. In between coaching track, climbing, writing guidbooks, running up Erie in the the rain, being a husband, father, and grandparent he somehow found the time to write childrens books for my 2 yr. old daughter. I just cannot express the admiration and respect that I feel toward Dallas Kloke. You will be sorely missed and always remembered. RIP,

#980344 - 09/27/10 07:54 AM Re: R.I.P. Dallas [Re: bwwakaranai]
chris Offline

Registered: 01/31/03
Posts: 1477
TRs: 24 Photos: 150
Loc: Seattle
I first met Dallas as he TR-soloed some route at Mt Erie. I always appreciated the work he did on that mountain. Than I kept bumping into routes that he's done throughout the Cascades, like the Kloke route on Mt Kent. I'm happy I got to see him one last time at Index, celebrating climbing. He is missed.

#980348 - 09/27/10 08:24 AM Re: R.I.P. Dallas [Re: chris]
JoshK Offline

Registered: 07/09/02
Posts: 5972
TRs: 27 Photos: 237
Loc: Seattle
I never had the pleasure of meeting Dallas, but like anybody who has climbed more than once in the PNW, I knew his name well. This was very sad news to read, but I suppose some solace comes in knowing what a full life this man led, and it is evident he inspired many.

R.I.P. Dallas brew

#980353 - 09/27/10 08:44 AM Re: R.I.P. Dallas [Re: JoshK]
plexus Offline
old hand

Registered: 05/18/01
Posts: 909
TRs: 2 Photos: 16
Loc: Chossy boulder in Colo.
I'm still too shocked and numb to share anything about a man whose passion for all aspects of life should be emulated by all of us.

#980354 - 09/27/10 08:56 AM Re: R.I.P. Dallas [Re: JoshK]
hanman Offline

Registered: 12/11/02
Posts: 394
TRs: 27 Photos: 269
Loc: Arlington
Wow- Dallas inspired me in many ways. His routes at Mt Erie were a great place to learn the ropes. Once I came down from the Snag Butress area and spied this guy vigorously scrubbing the boulder near the road while standing neck deep in blackberry thicket. Classic Dallas sighting. His winter ascents guide led us to play around the central N cascades like Lake 22, Sauk Mtn, Bald Mt, and many others. Great adventures. Dallas' contributions to local climbing and quality of life will be missed greatly. Condolences to family and friends.

Mark Hanna

#980355 - 09/27/10 08:58 AM Re: R.I.P. Dallas [Re: plexus]
olyclimber Offline

Registered: 09/19/03
Posts: 25303
TRs: 47 Photos: 895
Loc: In Love with You
RIP Dallas

I met him (as I'm sure more than one of you did) up at Mt Erie.

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