Seth Holden was a charismatic personality and a natural athlete. Seth mastered everything that Alaska offered. In high school, he was an awarded nordic skier and hunted extensively with his dad Pete.
In college, Seth cut his teeth on extended climbing trips in the Chugach Mountains and the Alaska Range. His early attempts on the Mooses Tooth, Eye Tooth and other granite monoliths are still revered by fellow climbers. Seth climbed Denali multiple times, once surprising his girlfriend at 11,000 feet. While she was returning to base camp after a failed summit bid, Seth raced up the mountain to catch her. After a quick re-supply at base camp, they moved upward, eventually summitting from 14K foot camp in a long day. Seth made three trips in to the remote Revelation Mountains. Multiple peaks will forever bear his name as first ascencionist.
After initially turning down a free trip to climb Ham and Eggs on the Mooses Tooth, Seth arrived in Talkeetna several days later still wearing his work suit. The team was still stuck in town waiting for weather. Seth showed up with his bags packed, and his tie still loosely hanging around his neck. Tired of his lucrative office job, Seth quit on the spot to climb the Mooses Tooth.
That was his style. It was so uniquely Seth. His quiet, yet calculated demeanor was often hard to interpret. Yet behind those piercing eyes, you always knew there was something brilliant cooking in his brain. In the last few years of his life, Seth worked primarily in construction so that he could one day build his own house and cabin. He later took a job in a high end restaurant so he could learn the ins and outs of the kitchen. His dream was to open his own restaurant, but not before he knew how to sufficiently work and manage every
Seth liked a fine bourbon, a rich cigar, a hard read, an improbable line, an unlikely challenge. Women pined over him and guys envied his abilities. Seth was part lone wolf and part pack leader. Either way, he was a major pillar in his family and core group of friends. Seth and his friend Brandon Reiley died in a plane crash on August 24, 2010. The void he left behind will never be filled, but his legacy is lasting.
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