Joe Puryear was killed on Wed., October 27th while ascending Labuche Kang (7,367 meters, 24,170 feet) in a remote region of Tibet. While many of you are familiar with Joe’s history—here are a few notes from an email written by his friend, Mike Gottlieb, and a note posted on the climbtibet.blogspot.com by his wife, Michelle.
“Joe was a former climbing ranger on Mount Rainier and one of America’s elite alpinists. He joined the staff at Camp Schurman in 1996 with Mark Westman and Lara Bitenieks. They represented a new cadre of skilled climbers who together helped changed the way our climbing rangers did business and served the public for the National Park Service. For two years, Joe led the climbing rangers on the east side of Mount Rainier and participated in many difficult rescues.