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Old 03-26-2014   #1
 
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Grand Canyon Fatality

First I want share my condolences to every one effected by this heart breaking event.

I have no details beyond what has been published in the media on this incident and I did not know Curt personally.

I will summarize the media information and post links. Rangers report Kayaker, Curt Joyce was on a 12 day kayak self support trip. He was found by his group upside down in his boat around Whitmore camp. River mile 186.5 ish? Attempts at resonation were not successful and he was S&R was called at 6:30pm Tuesday 3.18.2014. Helicopter evacuation happened the following day when the weather was safe for flight.

There is a Memorial Fund page here: http://https://www.giveforward.com/f...-memorial-fund

Media story 1:
http://http://www.roanoke.com/news/f...7a43b2370.html

Media story 2:

http://http://www.katu.com/news/loca...251137801.html


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An apt and beautiful tribute. Says something real about why we do what we do.

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I was with Curt in the canyon when he passed away, and this video is a great tribute to our friend and a great account of an amazing 10 day adventure before the tragedy. The video gives brief glimpses into the life of a truly amazing person. Curt was one of my best friends, and one of the most remarkable people I've ever met. The sense of loss that I, and all who were close to Curt feel, cannot be described in words. We had two celebrations for Curt's life, one in Ronoake Virginia and the other in White Salmon Washington. I was amazed at how many people showed up to celebrate Curt's life, tell stories, and help each other deal with such a painful and immense lose. Curt touched the lives of many, many people, and he will never be forgotten.
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From Curt's celebration of Life near Wet Planet in White Salmon Washington.
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That film is a great tribute to a life well lived. The theme of "Why We Go" is captured perfectly. Thanks for sharing Curt's life with us.
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An apt and beautiful tribute. Says something real about why we do what we do.

Indeed. RIP Curt, finish your canyon adventure, we'll be along when it's our turn. Keep a cold one ready for us.
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Thank you for sharing. That was a deeply moving, and very well edited film. My condolences.
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Sorry to hear about this. I just realized this morning,after watching the video,that we ran into your group at Deer Creek. I wasnt sure until i saw my boat in your pictures/film. I think I said hello to Curt towards the top of the patio,as we were descending. Crazy that our paths crossed. Sad news,it sounds like he was well liked.
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Old 05-13-2014   #9
 
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Great tribute.
I was on a trip that launched 2 weeks later, and thought of Curt's accident on occasion. We even - by chance - camped at Whitmore Wash. (It seems that the Canyon Wrens may have been particularly songful at that camp in the morning...)
It is always sad to hear of the loss of a member of our boating community.
Sincere wishes for Curt's family and friends. Take care.
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So sad , so awsome ....RIP
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