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Jan 19, 2010
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.
From Steamboat Springs
Joined Sep 30, 2007
565 points
Jan 19, 2010
Rest in Peace to a great climber. phil broscovak
Joined Apr 27, 2002
1,621 points
Jan 19, 2010
Me on a mixed route Crisco and I did in Rock Canyo...
Sad news. I've always wondered if he was some distant relative. There aren't that many Higbees running around... Tristan Higbee
From Cambodia
Joined Mar 9, 2008
3,128 points
Jan 20, 2010
Art in Camp 4 during the time of the Half Dome fre...
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.
Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Joined Mar 16, 2007
4,261 points
Jan 20, 2010
Splitter Jams on the Israel/Palestine Security Wal...
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. Shawn Mitchell
From Broomfield
Joined Mar 4, 2008
313 points
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
Joined Jan 21, 2010
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Jan 21, 2010
Vintage anorexic sport climber shot
RIP Art......another of the great ones from The Golden Age. Dave Bohn aka "Old Fart"
Joined May 3, 2002
301 points
Jan 21, 2010
Rest in peace to another pioneer. Seth Murphy
Joined Jun 24, 2003
230 points
Jan 24, 2010
Shucka Bra.
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.
Dustin B
From Steamboat
Joined Jan 29, 2006
1,516 points
Jan 28, 2010
Splitter Jams on the Israel/Palestine Security Wal...
From the Steamboat newspaper:
Shawn Mitchell
From Broomfield
Joined Mar 4, 2008
313 points
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... Mike Schnatz
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