Thursday, 5 January 2012

Your name comes up a lot.

Dear Chris

I stayed with Donald Lousley over New Year and your name popped up from time to time. I have met other friends of yours while back in New Zealand for a few weeks and you are remembered fondly in different ways, by different people. I spent New mYear's day with Kim Logan under the gaze of Earnslaw and he spoke warmly about times you had together.

When I flew over the head of the Whataroa a week or so back, I saw Tatare Saddle and Mt. McFettrick, we climbed with Mike Browne and Ed Cotter, 20 years ago. Yesterday I had lunch with Ed Cotter and he recalled our climb of  Mt. McFettrick and we laughed about the diversity of the group.Do you recal Ralph Fegan looking at us before we left Franz and after closely examining us he said we were " the village geriatric, the village fat-man, the village cripple and the village guide."

Looking across the Spencer and Whataroa with McFettrick above Tatare Saddle. Photo: Bob McKerrow

From the head of the Tasman looking at many of the high peaks you climbed Chris. Photo: Bob McKerrow

From Lake Pukaki to the 'big one.' Photo: Bob McKerrow

Looking down the Fax Glacier, your workplace for many years. Photo: Bob McKerrow

The Minarets, de la Beche and Graham saddle. Photo: Bob McKerrow

We miss you Chris. Take care where ever you may be.