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Jack Roberts, Climbing Pioneer, Dies at 59

Posted on: January 17th, 2012 by The AAC

In the two days since Jack Roberts’ death from a long fall at Bridalveil Falls near Telluride, CO, several touching articles have been posted online. One of the most poignant can be found on Climbing‘s website, written by Editor Dougald MacDonald.  Though we were not close enough to offer such a moving tribute to Roberts, as a longtime AAC Member and pivotal climber in the Colorado community, his family deserves our deepest respect and our sincerest condolences. We here at the AAC are terribly saddened to hear of his passing.

As a climber, Jack put up countless routes and was instrumental in 1970s Yosemite development. Having climbed the second ascent of routes like Tangerine Trip, Zodiac, and Mescalito, Roberts cemented his place in climbing lore. He then went on to climb huge routes in Canada and Alaska, including the first free ascent of Polar Circus and the first winter ascent of the Central Couloir on Mount Kitchener.  Over the last 40 years, he compiled numerous first ascents and introduced innumerable people to climbing as a guide.

Roberts will be missed by many, but his contributions to the climbing world will live on.

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