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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Mountain Madness

Mad about Mountains


"I think the key, at least in my life, is living the moment. It's like right now. And it's not 'I should have done this and I should have done that.' Because when you're dead, you're dead. Life is really for the living. You can't bring your life with you when you die. No matter how many medals you own and how many peaks you climb, it's not going to mean anything to you when you're six feet under. ..."If I die today, I don't think, 'Oh, I should have had 2.5 kids and the minivan.' I'm really content and happy with whom I am today." (Christine Feld-Boskoff when asked by a reporter “if there is anything you'd regret if you died climbing?”)


Chris Boskoff was owner and CEO of Mountain Madness since 1997, the Seatlle-based adventure travel and mountain guiding service that made headlines in connection with Scott Fisher’s death on Mt Everest in 1996 (see Jon Krakauer’s book “Into Thin Air”).


Chris, who climbed six Eight-Thousanders in her career, went missing in November 2006 after climbing Genyan Massif in China’s Sichuan Province together with her climbing partner Charlie Fowler. After a rescue mission had been initiated Fowlers body was recovered on December 27 last year. Due to winter weather search teams had to stop their efforts and were not able to locate Boskoff.


Eight months later now, on July 3rd, Chris Boskoff’s body was found by SAR-teams. Boskoff and Fowler are believed to have died in an avalanche.


When asked how long she’ll keep climbing, Chris Boskoff answered "For as long as I can or until nature finally says, 'Hey, that's it.' Her passion and contagious smile will be missed in the climbing scene…


Resources:
Mountain Madness Web Site
Jon Krakauer “Into Thin Air