Yep... Randy was an amazing guy and a great friend.
My first self support kayak trip was with Randy.
Randy, John Mattson and I paddled Devil's Canyon on the Middle Feather in California. It was an honor to get to do such an amazing trip with such an amazing guy.... "The Amazing Rando".
I remember packing our boats... refering to toilet paper Randy said "you can have as much of this as you want now... but once we put in... this here is river money". The guy had a great sense of humor and a fantastic laugh.
Randy had paddled Devil's Canyon once about 20 years prior our trip... so he was elected trip lead. I had always thought of Randy as a relatively conservative boater but on this trip he earned the name "Rowdy Randy". He remembered all of the big drops, where to scout, where to port, etc. The guy new how to have fun and stay safe at the same time. He was the best TL and paddling mentor you could ask for.
John wrote a bit in AW about the Cali trip with Randy (including our Devil's Canyon run). You can read it at http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Journal/show-page/issue/6/page/42/year/2001/
Randy was renaissance man. He paddled, telemarked, biked road and mountain, canyoneered. He loved music and art and he was a master on the dance floor. A few years back I had a party where the ladies lined up to have Randy spin them around the floor. The man squeezed every ounce of fun and reward out of life.
Randy... I am really going to miss you bro... I can't beleive that you are gone.
Here are few pictures of the Amazing Rando living life to the fullest...