"Climbing lost one of its unsung greats on Sunday, when Craig Luebben, 49, of Golden, Colorado, was hit by falling ice while training for an AMGA guide exam. Luebben, with fellow guide Willie Benegas, was crossing the Upper Taboo glacier, beginning the Torment-Forbidden Traverse, when, according to the North Cascades National Park service, a piece of ice approximately 100-feet high, 20-feet wide and 10-feet thick broke off with him on it. Luebben was leading a bergschrund when the ice wall he was on gave way. He fell 40 feet and was held by Benegas, who, injured himself, was able to reach Luebben, position him on a ledge, then called 911.
Luebben was a big bear of a guy, broad shouldered, square jawed and with an unruly shock of curly hair that always seemed to be getting in his eyes. Yet he was a quiet behind-the-scenes player who greatly influenced the scene …" -Duane Raleigh, Rock & Ice
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