Whitewater friends - Very sad news just reached me from Idaho today. Wayne Bath, who has been a regular poster to Mountain Buzz for many years as "Waniac", passed away from an apparent heart attack yesterday ( Saturday 5/18/13 ) around 2 pm. I have heard from his family that he was on the second river day of his annual pilgrimage to the Salmon, and had walked downstream to scout a rapid. When he did not immediately return, other members including a physician who is often on that trip each year walked to find him. When they found him they attempted CPR for about 45 minutes but could not revive him.
I am so sad as i'm sure are all those who have known Wayne as a friend and whitewater buddy over the years. He was a great friend, husband, and father and grandfather, would help anyone, told fabulous stories, and was probably the best whitewater rafter that I have ever known. I'm sure we will all miss him terribly.
Sorry if I have overreached using this list, and you didn't get a chance to meet Wayne. He loved to meet new people, get to know them, and point out his favorite routes through a rapid.
Details are preliminary and plans for services have not yet been set, but If you would like me to keep you in the loop for any details that I hear, you are welcome to msg me here on the buzz.
All the best to all of you -