One of the best parts of owning a snowboard manufacturing business is I get the chance to meet so many awesome and passionate people. I have made many great friends through this snowboarding venture. Last year I put a call out to find splitboard riders for OZ to sponsor. I wanted riders who would really push the limits of our splitboards and put them through the ringer. George Dirth contacted me with his long list of credentials and they were impressive. George had a list of mountains he had summited with a split and another list of mountains he wanted to conquer on his resume. We met and hit it off instantly. He was a super nice guy who had a huge passion for the mountains. I hooked him up with our latest splitboard set up and he wasted no time putting it to good use. He summited the Middle Teton on Memorial day 2013 (http://grandlin.es/memorial-day-teton-trip-report-day-three/) I cant tell you how excited I was to see an athlete like George push my splitboard design to the extremes and be successful. He shot some great pics from the trip that became our magazine and poster ads for the 2013-2014 season. After the season was over, George and I continued our friendship and met for a wakeboard session in the summer. As expected, George was an amazing wakeboarder. He made me feel like a chump trying to keep up with his skills. He had an amazingly humble attitude and never bragged about how good he was. In the fall we attended the Teton Gravity movie premier and met for a few beers beforehand. Getting to know George was fascinating. At a young age he already owned a software development company and was living his dream life in Winter Park. He was successful on so many different levels. His passion for life was abundant in everything he did. I loved keeping track of his latest adventures. It seemed like he was off climbing or splitboarding something every weekend. He would always check in to see if I wanted to join in on his latest adventure and I really appreciated that. George was always looking to help others. He created a comprehensive and detailed website to describe all of the different backcountry routes in Colorado to assist others in gathering information about the local routes and conditions. His site was very specific and defined a lot of the dangers associated with every corner of Berthoud pass and the surrounding areas. He told me in the summers he would hike around Berthoud pass with a chain saw and cut out dead trees to make the Berthoud pass area safer for everyone. George was always trying to help others in any way he could. I recently googled his name and sure enough I found story on him helping a lady on Berthoud Pass who was caught in an avalanche and stranded on a cliff ledge. I can honestly say that George was one of the most dynamic people I have ever met. George was living the life many people can only dream of.
Earlier this week I got word George had been caught in an avalanche near Steamboat and passed away. The news was shocking and has left a huge hole in my heart. Anyone who knew George, loved George. Rest in peace my friend and I know you are eternally ripping bluebird pow days.
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