It is with heavy hearts that the American Mountain Guides Association conveys the news that we have lost one of our members—Gary Falk, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide, died on Saturday, July 23, 2016 while guiding the Grand Teton for Exum Mountain Guides.
We ask that our community support Exum Mountain Guides, Gary’s friends, and especially Gary’s family during this huge loss. Gary leaves behind his wife Kate and two beautiful boys—they will need our collective support during this difficult time.
Gary was a consummate professional, inspiring co-worker and worked actively in all three guide disciplines. Gary graduated from the AMGA Mountain Guide Program on April 22, 2013. He was the 86th American to earn IFMGA Certification. He rose to leadership roles within San Juan Mountain Guides and Exum Mountain Guides and was a mentor to many guides and climbers. His skills as a climber and guide inspired many to start and continue with their guide education and our community is stronger because of him.
Our hearts go out to Gary’s family, friends, Exum Mountain Guides, San Juan Mountain Guides, and the guiding community at large. We will miss you Gary.
For those able to attend, there is a Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Gary on Friday, July 29, 2016 in Jackson WY. For details, ceremony times, and to rsvp—Celebrating Gary Falk – A Life of Love and Adventure.
Please consider supporting the Gary Falk Memorial Fund (funds will be used for both short and long term needs by Kate and Gary’s children).
Update 3/1/17 – After an extensive investigation, park rangers released their search and rescue report which concluded that “an ‘equipment failure’ and ‘judgment error’ were the two leading factors that killed Falk”. To read the full story, click here.
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