I received this from Joe Salette in Ouray. Once again, Hardrockers across the
world are saddened by this news.
"It is with great sadness that I write you to inform you of John DeWalt's
passing. He was a great friend and tremendous person. I spoke with John many
times over the past few years when he was absent from Hardrock, and most
recently about 3 weeks ago. As you know, he had not been doing that well, but
put a great face on it. John died this past Saturday evening, August 10. He
will most certainly be missed and loved by all."
- Sad news, indeed, though not quite as sad knowing he had an amazing life and enjoyed darn near every moment I ever saw in his presence.
I spent some trail time last weekend at Angeles Crest telling my favorite DeWalt tale. I'll
tell it here:
It was 2004 Hardrock, the first year I was to finish. John had left KT
just ahead of me and was moving very slowly up that shelf trail - frankly, it didn't look
good. He was kind of gimpy and shuffling along. I couldn't help but think,
"John, this early??? that's not a good sign..." But then, just as I was
about to easily pass him with my own marginal strolling speed, he decided
to start jogging. So he did, a shuffle that still looked kind of
disjointed if you didn't also notice that he was jogging uphill at 11,000' elevation
at less than 10 minute pace. And so I learned the 'secret' of John DeWalt:
leg speed of the gods.
That's one of my DeWalt stories, but it shows that just looking at the
surface is a bad, bad way to judge anything or anyone.
Some photos I love:
He wears the colors with pride:
He always inspired the younger generations (and there were lots of younger
generations relative to him, which was part of what was inspiring!):
- R.I.P. John DeWalt.
On Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 6:38 PM, Dale Garland <hardrock100@...>wrote:
> I received this from Joe Salette in Ouray. Once again, Hardrockers across
> world are saddened by this news.
> "It is with great sadness that I write you to inform you of John DeWalt's
> passing. He was a great friend and tremendous person. I spoke with John
> times over the past few years when he was absent from Hardrock, and most
> recently about 3 weeks ago. As you know, he had not been doing that well,
> put a great face on it. John died this past Saturday evening, August 10.
> will most certainly be missed and loved by all."
> Best Regards,
> Joe Salette
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