16 May / My friend Alexei Bolotov…gone
Many events have transpired since my last dispatch, but the most important at hand is the death of my friend and climbing partner Alexei Bolotov yesterday. I feel that far more appropriate words can be written about Alexei than I am capable of right now- my fingers simply hover over the keyboard with tears and disbelief- but I will share with you some great memories of Alexei in the future. For now, sadness reigns in my heart over his loss, and my thoughts are with his wife, family, friends, and also with Denis Urubko.
I’ve asked my family to post a few pictures of us together, and you can find more images of Alexei in the Annapurna 2008 and Gasherbrum I 2010 image galleries on this website.
(Click on pictures to enlarge)