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   posted  2005-07-03 16:05:05     Reply to This Topic

I found my best friend and climbing partner on 24 of June at 17:20, dead, a few hundred feet below the summit of Mt McLoughlin, Oregon.

I have written a personal account of my experiences during the search for John Zazzara. I invite anyone who is interested to read it.

Here is the link:

Marek R. Damm

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   posted  2005-07-03 18:18:43     Reply to This Topic


I am sorry to hear about your fallen friend. It is tough to deal with all the possible circumstances surrounding his death and will take time to think over and rethink. It does sound like you have some closure in the fact that he died naturally and doing exactly what he loved. I have lost a partner before and still go to call him on a whim when I think of a great tour he'd enjoy. Remember that it is the memories you and others have of him that keeps him alive.

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   posted  2005-07-03 20:45:28     Reply to This Topic

Marek and I searched together for John.

Here is my account which is actually linked from Mareks' site.

Thank you to everyone who supported us.

You may find more info if you like by googling "John Zazzara".

It was a double edged sword to find out that John had
heart trouble and probably suffered a "major attack" on
the mountain.

I would like to let this be a postive icon in our climbing as
we in America are aging...inlcuding we mountaineers...
So..if you are over 50...get a full checkup and if any signs
of heart arrythmia...get it checked further/.

Richard, a 50+ "39 year old" :-)

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