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Randy Carmichael *RIP*

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Drew Allan · · Denver/Aspen · Joined Apr 2002 · Points: 120

Randy Carmichael passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2013. If you knew Randy, you had the great pleasure of being a friend of one of the nicest guys on the planet. He was as selfless as it gets, always more interested in your results and successes than his own. I can’t think of a more supportive climbing partner in my life than him. We had many adventures through the years, traveling to the Valley, J. Tree, Red Rocks, Shelf, etc. We even did his bachelor party in Vegas with the intent to bag Crimson Chrysalis as a prelude to the party that night. We got a late start for a number of reasons and did the first three pitches in 96 degree heat but had a blast anyway, specifically laughing like madmen during our retreat to the base. Fortunately, we came back to Vegas and did the whole route together a year later. Randy was constantly game for the next session whether he felt strong enough or not. Deep within his DNA was desire to be outdoors and in the thick of some activity under the sun’s brilliant rays during summer, winter, and everything in between. He had a very gentle soul. Nothing ever seemed to perturb him enough to ruin his day. Click the link.

Randy Carmichael

I could go on and on about his wonderful personality and omnipresent kindness, but I will let those of you who knew him add the additional accolades he deserves by continuing this thread. I will probably add more sentences and photos as time goes on when I check back here to remember him. His obit follows:

Randall Carmichael

54, of Boulder, CO, transitioned peacefully on September 26, 2013 with his wife Belen by his side. He resides in the hearts of his Soul Mate, Belen; cherished daughters, Ali & Morgan; his loving mother, Jean (father, Marvin (Bud), deceased), mother-in-law, Vi Kautzmann, & many chosen loved ones. Randy (Hoagie) graduated from WSC in 1982 & 1983 and received CPA status in 1989. His career in computer systems was with Owens Bros. Concrete, Lockheed Martin, and Janus Capital Group. He launched in 2012 with the main purpose of making the world a safer place. PsyberScan is Randy's legacy. A celebration of his life was held on Sunday, October 6, 2013, at Chautauqua Grand Assembly Hall in Boulder. You can share condolences and view a full obituary

Randy on the march back home from Washington Column. RIP Randy/I miss you.

Brother Numsie · · AnCapistan · Joined Jan 2006 · Points: 880

I never climbed with Randy. But he and I (and Kip Winger) grew up together in a then remote suburb of Denver called Walnut Hills. He was a gentle soul even as a kid in a neighborhood full of hoodlums. Fare thee well, Randy.

Belen Carmichael · · Boulder, CO · Joined Dec 2013 · Points: 85

Thanks Drew for the posting. Last night, I was reviewing Randy's climbing log and saw the many postings of the climbs we did together. I hadn't realized until now that we climbed a lot together. He kept the records while I just enjoyed having time together. I remember the last climb we did was in Boulder Canyon and I remember the delight I saw in his face as he touched the rock. I not only miss my best friend and husband, but my climbing partner. While climbing, he always encouraged me and was happy to do any climb with me (even if it was a lesser grade than he was capable of). I figured that I didn't have to climb those 5.10's all the time and that he had all his clmbing buddies, Drew, Nick, Bill, JP and many more to challenge his "goclimb511" Spirit! I have so many memories of our climbing trips and even our honeymoon/climbing trip to France (who else would turn a honeymoon into a climbing adventure)? Randy! I enjoyed every minute of my life with Randy (16 years together, 10 of them married). I want to thank all of Randy's climbing partners for bringing him home safely to me. He was truly a GREAT man that we now call, The Mountain Buddha! Peace and love to all. Happy New Year!

pete cogan · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2001 · Points: 335

"A very gentle soul." that's a great description of randy. i knew him from climbing and skiing; he was just a pleasure to be with, always.

i smile when i think of his wedding in eldo. a tall, handsome guy, radiating happiness and love. in love.

he was a beautiful soul.
i think of you often.

Ross Exler · · Denver, CO · Joined May 2009 · Points: 15

I met Randy on a snowy morning in 2011 while waiting for a bus near camp 4. Over the next month we became friends and shared a rope a number of times. Late in the trip, he had a rib injury that prevented him from climbing. I remember that while unable to climb, he would still hike up to the cliff and and share in our accomplishments as enthusiastically as if they were his own. He genuinely was as happy when someone else succeeded as when he did. That's a pretty rare thing, and really reflects Randy's kindness.

While I was in Vegas a couple months ago with my friend Pete, I got a message from another friend, Richard, telling me that Randy had passed away. I had met Pete and Richard in Yosemite at the same time that I met Randy. We all became fast friends. The obvious sadness in Richard's message, and when I shared the news with Pete is a testament to what Randy meant to us. His passing is a loss to all.

Belen, I'm so sorry for your loss, and I hope you find solace in the memories that you have of Randy.

Belen Carmichael · · Boulder, CO · Joined Dec 2013 · Points: 85
Wayne DENSMORE · · Superior, CO · Joined Jul 2007 · Points: 5

Just read this, farewell Randy,  Thanks for the fun times and encouragement.  So sorry Belen!!

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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