Dear Max And Corey I apologize to you for not being able to very helpful to you guys, I am not very good at expressing myself in writing as I am sure you can tell by now. But I am trying; I hope you can forgive me in this. I want you to know that I have been in your situation many times before and I know what you are going through. And I want you to know foremost that you need to stop going over in your mind what has happened, the details, and blaming yourselves. Neither does anyone else here blame you for what has happened; you have done nothing to be embarrassed of. You must not blame your selves in these things. Yes, some poor judgments were made, yes things could have been done different, but Corey and Max that is always the case always. No matter what we do things could have always been done better and we are always taking chances, it is unavoidable. We are just like you, we are all human, so do not feel ashamed.
Nevertheless, this generation of climbers and this era of climbing that you have entered into is a generation which is predominantly oblivious to the things of the generation that I come from. And here what I am trying to say is that had you entered into climbing in my generation back in the 70's there would have been people who would have come and mentored you and encouraged you in their ways. But these men are all gone it seems, and their paths have vanished away like roads in the sand. If you do find a need to blame someone, if your family finds a need to blame someone tell them to blame us, blame this climbing community. We should all know better by now to not have abandoned and left behind what our fathers had taught us and the world that they gave us. And I am no different in this. Perhaps you can help reverse these trends in our climbing community and make our world a better place, I hope so, and I hope to see you again soon up at the cliff perhaps. May God be with you and God bless you in all that you do. Get well soon.
The Mohonk Mountain House and the Mohonk Preserve have done a great job protecting the environment thus far, but ... it's all down hill from here http://youtu.be/9AU8fMo8v4k.