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avatar In Memorium---Len Szalkowski
November 20, 2011 02:01PM
Yosemite News & Discussion has lost a highly regarded and long time member familiar to many on these forums. Len Szalkowski of Silverado, CA passed away very unexpectedly on October 29th. In addition to his frequent and well informed posts on a variety of subjects, we will miss his almost daily lighthearted tribute to marmots, one of the common creatures of the High Sierra. Officially known as Frederick Szalkowski, he long ago commandered the nickname of Len for reasons we may never know. Less well known was the fact that Len frequently introduced rookie day hikers and backpackers to the wonders of places like Yosemite and Kings Canyon, spending much of his personal time escorting them into the wilderness. This year I had the immense pleasure of accompanying Len and his son Stefan on a 6-day backpacking trip in Yosemite on my third successive annual trip to the area. I could not have asked for better company on the trails.

For those who may be interested the links below will take you to his obituary and guestbook:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/obituary.aspx?n=frederick-j-szalkowski&pid=154637094

http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/latimes/guestbook.aspx?n=frederick-j-szalkowski&pid=154637094&sign=3

Many of us have lost a valued friend and will think of him every time we hit the trails. Wave at the next marmot you see. Len will appreciate it. winking smiley



This is a photo of Len taken August 19th this year on the Pacific Crest Trail at the McCabe Lakes junction.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/20/2011 04:07PM by tomdisco.
avatar Re: In Memorium---Len Szalkowski
November 20, 2011 05:43PM
Rest in peace, marmot guardian.
avatar Re: In Memorium---Len Szalkowski
November 20, 2011 05:49PM
The marmots are sad:

Re: In Memorium---Len Szalkowski
November 20, 2011 10:39PM
As a relatively new member of this forum, I did not know Len well. However, I always enjoyed his posts and marmot comments. My condolences to his family and friends.
avatar Re: In Memorium---Len Szalkowski
November 21, 2011 07:29AM
My dear friend, may you be at peace at your Loch Tablae Lake in sky.
Yes, we never did meet in person but I am sure that you had as much
fun as I did chiding each other. I will greatly miss you. We thought about
you often out in the mountains. Coming up with different ways to give
you a hard time was a lot of fun. There is a hole in my heart.
"The Good Doctor"
"The Marmuts"
"The Beaks"
May you Rest in Peace

I will always think of you when I see a Marmot. And I am giving back the dome.

With Love,
Chick-on is looking at you!



Chick-on is looking at you!
Re: In Memorium---Len Szalkowski
November 21, 2011 08:38AM
One of my small regrets on my big Half Dome hike this summer was missing a gorgeous picture of a marmot basically posing for me on the Visor. The primary reason for wanting the picture was to post it for the "Marmot" guy and Chick-On. Alas, I fumbled with my camera too long and I missed the shot.

Blessings to Len's family...
Re: In Memorium---Len Szalkowski
November 21, 2011 09:56AM
I do not unually post to this forum, but I enjoy reading it regularly.
I was surprised when there was no Marmot reply to "Taking Back the Dome" by Chick-on.
This forum has lost a clever and intelligent voice. The Sierra has lost a friend, and somehow I feel that I have also.
Leslie S.
avatar Re: In Memorium---Len Szalkowski
November 21, 2011 09:47PM
I was wondering what happened to Len since I hadn't seen any posts of his lately on this forum.

Sorry to hear that he is no longer with us. May he rest in peace.

My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Marmot
Re: In Memorium---Len Szalkowski
December 05, 2011 06:56PM
Co-sign.

Mr. Szalkowski brought lots of experience and humor to this site. I appreciated his responses to my questions and sharing of knowledge. He'll be missed.
avatar Re: In Memorium---Len Szalkowski
November 23, 2011 09:12AM
My condolences to the family. I too took great pleasure in his posts. Many smiles!

Rest in Peace!



"It is all very beautiful and magical here - a quality which cannot be described. You have to live it and breath it., let the sun bake it into you" - Ansel Adams
avatar Re: In Memorium---Len Szalkowski
November 25, 2011 12:51PM
Wow, I know I have only been here for a short time, but I'm going to miss hearing from the marmots. RIP Len.
Re: In Memorium---Len Szalkowski
November 29, 2011 11:19AM
i am going to miss his posts, and the playful banter between Len and Chick-on. I hope he had the moment of peace where saw in his mind the shimmering mountains before he passed. My condolences to his family.

Gpa J
avatar Re: In Memorium---Len Szalkowski
December 03, 2011 11:15AM




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