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In Memory Of Good Hiking Friends We’ve Lost Along the Way – 2016

Before we turn the page on another year and start the clock again afresh in 2017, I wanted to take a moment to remember some of the hiking friends that I lost this year. While my memories of them still remain fresh and vivid, they will be missed by those who walked with them in the hills.

If you’d like to mention a hiking friend you’ve lost this year, please leave a remembrance in a comment below.

Jane Eggleston

I first met Jane outside of Fort Augustus in Scotland as we searched for the start of the track over the Corrieyairack Pass. She lent me some gas that night to cook a beef stew at the bothy. She was a hard charging, gruff, suffer no fools kind of person, but she had a soft spot if you spent some time getting to know her. She could cuss like a sailor and drink like one too, but was a dependable companion in fair weather and foul.

Jane Egg on the 2010 TGO Challenge - Corrieyairack Pass
Jane Egg on the 2010 TGO Challenge – Corrieyairack Pass

Rick Libby

Rick was a bushwhacko, one my off-trail hiking companions in New Hampshire. A quiet man, he was a skilled outdoorsman and navigator, with a wry sense of humor that would peak out when you were least expecting it. When Rick was along, you always knew he had your back…the best kind of hiking companion.

Rick Libby on the Algonquin Trail in 2015, New Hampshire
Rick Libby on the Algonquin Trail in 2015, White Mountains

Graham Lewis

Graham was another dear friend I met hiking in Scotland on the 2010 TGO and we kept in touch by email afterwards. We first met in the mist on the way to Lochnagar and walked a few days together on the way to the coast.

Graham Lewis and Tina at the 2013 TGO Challenge Banquet
Graham Lewis and Tina at the 2013 TGO Challenge Banquet

I can remember standing in ankle-deep ice-melt marveling at the fact that all his gear was from REI, despite the fact that he lived in the UK.  Graham was very keen on practicing his pacing navigation skills when we met, dragging me around the gullies of Tarfside looking for the bothy. We met again on the 2013 Challenge when he crossed with his partner Tina. I feel his loss deeply still. He understood my desire to learn new things, something which cemented our bond as friends.

7 comments

  1. Sorry for your losses.

  2. Three hiking friends in one year….. Sorry to hear, Philip….

    There is something special about hiking friends. There really aren’t that many of us that enjoy the challenge of conquering miles of mountains and sleeping in the woods. There is a special bond between us all. To 2017, my friend!! :)

  3. I was particularly sad when I heard that Jane Egg had died. Few people are so memorable on short acquaintance; Jane was quite something.

  4. Hi Philip,

    Thanks for the great posting about Graham. I certainly recognised your description of him! I know he valued your friendship and enjoyed conversing with you.

    Good luck with the resolutions for 2017.

    Tina

  5. I met Jane Egg and Graham, on separate occasions, during my first crossing of Scotland in 2010. Each had their own style, wit, intelligence, humor and capabilities; such interesting personalities and larger than life. Over the years, both became friends and, although we only saw one another once each year in May, we did keep in touch via email. It’s still a shock to know I won’t see them again and last May when I again crossed that beautiful, wild country of Scotland, I thought of them fondly. Several places along the way challengers raised their glasses in remembrance and friendship. Along with a firm spot in my own psyche, they are part of the larger challenge family and history. Happy trails!

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