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Craig Luebben

Posted on: August 11th, 2009 by Erik Lambert

Craig Luebben, photo courtesy of Facebook.

Craig Luebben, photo courtesy of Craig Luebben's facebook collection.

**UPDATE** Craig’s memorial service will be held this Sunday, August 16 at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, CO. Doors will open at 3pm and the service will begin at 4pm for close family and friends.

Tributes and memorials are coming all too often this year. We know our craft is dangerous, but news of yet another tragic death should never feel commonplace or routine, to say nothing of expected. It’s an unnatural feeling when news of loss is part of the deal.

Craig Luebben had been a member of the AAC for over a decade, and as a Golden, CO resident, one of the few that we as a staff got to see and interact with on a regular basis. He was an enthusiastic regular at local events, always willing to help in every way, even if it just meant buying more beer to support the cause. His commitment and contribution to the climbing world would take quite a few more words to describe– Craig gave an incredible amount as an author, photographer, guide, father and friend.

We’re in the process of gathering stories, pictures, memories and anecdotes to share. Please do so in the comments below, or email them to us directly here.

In the meantime, can we point you to a few places to remember our friend?

Video of Craig in Vedauvoo, courtesy of the AAC Library blog, High Places

Article on by Dougald MacDonald

Recent Interview with Craig on

Seattle Times report on the accident

Denver Post report of the accident