This morning, from several people, I heard the sad news that a climbing legend, Charlie Houston, passed away yesterday at his home in Burlington, Vermont.
Dr. Charles Houston, 1913-2009
From Alpinist Magazine
Dr. Charles Snead Houston was a legend in every sense of the word. From pioneering climbs like Nanda Devi in 1936 and K2 1938 & 1953 to pioneering the field of high-altitude physiology, Dr. Houston never stopped forging ahead, breaking new ground and being a leader in all that he did.
I've written a great deal about Charlie on this blog, and there's too much to recount about his life here and now. So, here's a few resources if you are interested:
- The Brotherhood of the Rope post
- Post about Houston's memoir, The Brotherhood of the Rope
- Post about the passing of Bob Bates, a compatriot of Houston
- Thursday Thought from August 27, 2009, about Dr. Houston
- Interview with Houston on PBS NOW
- Books by and about Charlie Houston at Amazon
And, as I think he would like it, I'm going to head out into the hills today, and think about life, about mountains, and about the ever present and ever important Brotherhood of the Rope.
Dr. Houston...thank you for the memories...for the inspiration...for the joy and the stories and the legacy you leave to all of us. You will be missed.