â€œMaybe you and I would have the same recommendationâ€”from my standpoint to the climbers out there, and from your standpoint to the motherâ€™s of those climbers out there,â€ Kyle Dempster said to his mother. â€œTalk about the worst case scenario. Donâ€™t pretend that it doesnâ€™t exist. Express the love that you have for each other, and also the insurance that, in the event of worse case scenario, life will go on.â€
On August 22nd, 2016, our friend Kyle Dempster and his climbing partner Scott Adamson went missing on Pakistanâ€™s Ogre II. After days of bad weather, friends and family, with incredible help from the Pakistani government, were able to conduct a search, but found no trace of the two climbers.
Our hearts go out to Terry and to all of Kyleâ€™s friends and loved ones. We know that he understood the risks involved in the activities he did, and we know that still doesnâ€™t make the hole heâ€™s left in the lives of the people close to him any easier to live with. Kyle was one in a billion.
We originally aired a version of this episode in 2014â€“a story from Kyle and his mother, Terry about the struggle of loving an adventurer. The struggle between loving them so much that you donâ€™t want to see them hurt, and loving them so much that you want to support them in pursuing their dreams and doing the things that make them tick.
Last year, we reworked the piece to submit to Third Coast Audio Festival. We have never aired this version publicly before. It seemed like the right moment.
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