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By SeanKuus
From Steamboat Springs
Jan 19, 2010
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Climbing Legend Art Higbee passed away last weekend in Hawaii, where he was working temporarily. Higbee suffered a heart attack. He was 55 years old.

Art was most widely known for his FFA of the most popular route up Half Dome, the Northwest Face. Art was an extremely humble man, and he will be sorely missed in the Steamboat Springs community as well as the greater climbing community.

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By phil broscovak
Jan 19, 2010
Dreamin' Dawg
Rest in Peace to a great climber.

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By Tristan Higbee
From Cambodia
Jan 19, 2010
Me on a mixed route Crisco and I did in Rock Canyon.
Sad news. I've always wondered if he was some distant relative. There aren't that many Higbees running around...

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jan 20, 2010
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Art in Camp 4 during the time of the Half Dome free assent. Also in this image Scott Woodruff and myself
Art in Camp 4 during the time of the Half Dome free assent. Also in this image Scott Woodruff and myself

Art Higbee was a friend and an inspiration! He once told me that I was going to be a great climber! I spent my life trying to live up to his prophesy.

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By Shawn Mitchell
From Broomfield
Jan 20, 2010
Splitter Jams on the Israel/Palestine Security Wall.
As a learning teen climber in Southern California in the late 70's, I took great inspiration from Jim Erickson's and Art Higbee's accomplishment on Half Dome. Condolences to family and friends.

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By JoelReichenberger
Jan 21, 2010
Hey guys, sorry to read about the loss in your community.

My name is Joel Reichenberger. I'm a sports reporter in Steamboat Springs and I'm trying to piece together a story about Art. If there's anyone here that knew him, I'd love to talk to you about the guy and all he was able to accomplish.

You can reach me at my office at 970-871-4253, or on my cell phone at 316-204-4094. Or, feel free to shoot me an e-mail at jreichenberger@steamboatpilot.com.

Thank you very much for your help.

Joel Reichenberger

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By Dave Bohn aka "Old Fart"
Jan 21, 2010
Vintage anorexic sport climber shot
RIP Art......another of the great ones from The Golden Age.

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By Seth Murphy
Jan 21, 2010
Rest in peace to another pioneer.

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By Dustin B
From Steamboat
Jan 24, 2010
It's always a party.
For those interested there will be a memorial here in Steamboat, January 30th from 4-7pm at the community center.

I discovered climbing too late to ever get to share a rope with Mr. Higbee. He frequently hung out in a gear shop where I worked and would share climbing, skiing and other good stories, talk about the state of the world these days and circle spots on my maps..."now there's some real rock climbing up there." He was also a hockey enthusiast, and his son Tim is an accomplished goaltender. The Eldorado Canyon guidebook is littered with Art's name on many classic routes: Metamorphosis, Art's Spar, Neurosis, and he climbed with a focus on real ethics. I always think of the picture in the book Climb! where he is leading out the massive roof of 'the wisdom (12a). He's inspired me to try and become a better climber and I'll be happy to ever be half as good as him.

Rest in Peace Art.

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By Shawn Mitchell
From Broomfield
Jan 28, 2010
Splitter Jams on the Israel/Palestine Security Wall.
From the Steamboat newspaper:
steamboatpilot.com/news/2010/j...

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By Mike Schnatz
Jan 29, 2010
Ö I lived with Art for years in the 70ís. Thanks for the post about his passing. - Iím just now beginning to learn about building some websites, and thought I might build one around my memories of him. Got a little carried away, , but thought you might find it interesting. Still fixing some typos, etc. , but you can find it at : rememberingarthigbee.weebly.co...

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