Ben Horne and Gil Weiss died while climbing in Peru this past week. Ben was a good friend. We grew up in Virginia running cross country together. One year ago June he allowed me to tag along with he and Konstantin to attempt the West Rib of Denali in Alaska. I was outclassed by him. He was fitter, and eminently ready to tackle just about any Alaskan peak. It is immensely sad that he and Gil perished as they did, young, with so much ahead of them. But knowing Ben, he lived for the mountains, and I can only wish the both of them peace.