A proper farewell for Francys Arsentiev
On May 2 on NowPublic.com, I reported on the story of Ian Woodall’s intentions to give final resting peace to Francys Arsentiev, a Colorado climber and mother who perished on Mount Everest in 1998 with her husband Sergei.
A touching article came out today in The Rocky Mountain News detailing Woodall’s success in putting Fran to rest after all these years. But, more importantly – and more poignantly – the article serves as a wonderful tribute to Fran as both a climber and a person, one who was full of life, a fantastic mother, and far more than simply the "Sleeping Beauty" she has been portrayed in by the press.
I never knew Fran personally. I only knew the story of her tragic final days on Everest and my subsequent interaction with her in 1999. It is wonderful to learn more about her, about a life infused with passion, love, and tenacity. Her memory lives on, and I am happy to hear that she might finally be at peace.
– Jake Norton is an Everest climber, guide, photographer, writer, and motivational speaker from Colorado.