The summit is a special place many of us go to connect – with our own earthly experience, with the surprising and heart-pounding edges of our own physical and mental power, and with the memory of loved ones who have had to leave us for another adventure. The summit is decorated, a wind-whipped memorial of prayer flags, mementos, and offerings – they mark a place, a physical location high up in the clouds overlooking valleys below, and also a resonant cosmic space; catching prayers, and dreams, accepting all confessions and all burdens, judging nothing.
The 23rd Annual Ben Myers Ridge-A-Thon is dedicated to the memory of Matthew Zonghetti, 26, and Corey Borg-Massanari, 22, who lost their lives following an avalanche on Kachina Peak on January 17, 2019. This Peak, her chutes and departures, offer a beautiful, if extreme and unforgiving, paradise on snow. Most who love to ski it would agree that skiing and boarding at this level on this terrain is an act of living life to its fullest. And cause for joy.
We will remember the lives of these two young men in our community’s annual celebration of care of one another and love of the mountain, named for Ben Myers who exemplified both, and departed too soon.