Anyone who follows climbing will most likely be aware of the recent tragedy on Howse Peak with the sad loss of @jessroskelley , @davidlama_official & @hansjoergauer.
Jess was a member of DMM's Climbing Team, often attending clinics & climbing festivals for us in the USA. Ben Bransby, DMM team manager, shares recollections of Jess from those times:
"I first met Jess in Alabama where I was attending Horseshoe Hell for DMM & Jess was along as a sponsored athlete. I arrived jet-lagged, tired and struggling to cope with the humidity and was slightly dreading meeting the hardcore alpine climber who might be expecting VIP treatment. Jess arrived into the airport terminal with trucker cap, tattoos, and a certain swagger but with a grin from ear to ear which hinted at the easy-going joker beneath."
"We spent a week together that first trip, assembling the stand, camping in the wood, manning the stand, climbing in the 24hr marathon event (sneaking off for burgers and milkshakes in town at one point) and partying afterward. We came from different sides of the climbing game – him more at home amongst the snow and high mountains - but Jess chatted about folk we knew in common & those we didn’t with great enthusiasm and passion. Our climbing overlapped the most in Patagonia."
"He had a real passion for climbing, especially in more remote places, as well as the history of the sport but he was in no way single-minded. We both had dogs & we'd spend hours sharing pictures of his English Bulldog and my fluffy ones. He had an almost child-like curiosity about the medieval history of the UK, asking me how close I lived to a castle, if I had ever been inside one and about kings, queens and knights. I felt slightly guilty for knowing significantly less than him..."
"Jess spent a lot of time talking about his family & plans for the future. He still lived close to his parents and sister and was obviously close to them but mostly he would talk about his wife Allison. He could hardly believe his good fortune that he was with someone so smart, funny and beautiful.”
Our thoughts are with the families & friends of Jess Roskelley, David Lama and Hansjörg Auer at this sad time. RIP. - 29 days ago