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Craig Arnold

By Don Share

5/13: According to the Associated Press, “a team from a Japanese climbing group called Canyons will descend the steep, vegetation-covered slope where Arnold was tracked…. the climbers have committed to search for two days, starting Thursday morning in Japan.”

Via Find Craig Arnold:

Our dear friends and family,

Though Craig himself has not been recovered, the amazing expert trackers of 1SRG have been able to make themselves and us certain of what has become of Craig. His trail indicates that after sustaining a leg injury, Craig fell from a very high and very dangerous cliff and there is virtually no possibility that Craig could have survived that fall. Chris will pursue what he can about getting specialists to go down into the place we know Craig is so we can bring him home, but it is very, very dangerous and we are not yet completely certain what that will require. The only relief in this news is that we do know exactly what befell Craig, and we can be fairly certain that it was very quick, and that he did not wait or wonder or suffer.

I cannot express again the profound gratitude I feel to everyone who has loved and honored Craig with their goodwill, their immense efforts and energy, and their overwhelming generosity. I believe that where he is, Craig knows.

There will be further occasion to celebrate Craig, and when I know more I will post it.

For my part, I love Craig beyond the telling of it and will always love him as immeasurably, as enduringly, as steadfastly and as unconditionally as I do now and have done these past six years. In leaving our family Craig, in a manner absolutely characteristic of his own vast generosity and capacity to inspire, brought us all closer together than we perhaps have ever been. I feel his presence, loving and understanding and funny and deeply feeling, at all times. I hope you do, too.

With love,

Rebecca Lindenberg

Comments (6)

  • On May 9, 2009 at 1:49 am michael robbins wrote:

    who disappeared into the volcanoes of Mexico leaving
    behind nothing but the shadow of dungarees
    and the lava and ash of poetry

    He will be missed.

  • On May 9, 2009 at 9:01 am Mary Meriam wrote:

    SONNET 18

    Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
    Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
    Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
    And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
    Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
    And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
    And every fair from fair sometime declines,
    By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;
    But thy eternal summer shall not fade
    Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
    Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
    When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
    So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
    So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

  • On May 9, 2009 at 3:15 pm Jason Guriel wrote:

    My best wishes to Craig’s friends and family.

  • On May 9, 2009 at 8:31 pm Gary B. Fitzgerald wrote:

    Understanding, of course, the pain and loss currently being endured (having, myself, more than once endured it), take heart from this, at least: the man died doing what he loved to do. We should all be so lucky.

  • On May 10, 2009 at 3:22 pm Cathy Wagner wrote:

    Thank you, Rebecca. You sound very brave. Lots of love to you and in memory of Craig. Cathy

  • On May 12, 2009 at 5:44 pm Anna Vogt wrote:

    A lovely and brave letter…I knew Craig at Utah–we had some nice times laughing together. I will miss knowing he’s in this world, but am grateful for the amazing work he’s left us.


Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, May 8th, 2009 by Don Share.