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“Maybe you and I would have the same recommendation—from my standpoint to the climbers out there, and from your standpoint to the mother’s of those climbers out there,” Kyle Dempster said to his mother. “Talk about the worst case scenario. Don’t pretend that it doesn’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.”

On August 22nd, 2016, our friend Kyle Dempster and his climbing partner Scott Adamson went missing on Pakistan’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 Kyle’s friends and loved ones. We know that he understood the risks involved in the activities he did, and we know that still doesn’t make the hole he’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 2014–a story from Kyle and his mother, Terry about the struggle of loving an adventurer. The struggle between loving them so much that you don’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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