Just in case anyone is interested, and sorry to get off the subject:
Bruce Grant was born and raised in the Queenstown Lakes District and became one of New Zealand's great athletes and mountaineers.
He died while descending from the summit of K2 in Pakistan in an ill fated expedition which claimed six other lives.
Among the many achievements of this remarkable man are the following:
- represented New Zealand at two Winter Olympics as a skier
- was awarded a silver medal for bravery from the Humane Society for a June 1992 rescue of an injured tramper on the Routeburn track
- recognised as at the forefront of technical ice climbing
- climbed Mount Cook six times by some of the most difficult routes
- among the first parapenters to fly off Mount Cook
- flew from Mt. Cook another three times
- twice skied from the summit of Mt. Cook, both times taking routes described as 'extremely tricky'
- first person to climb and fly off Mount Earnslaw (2865m) from the West face, then climbed the mountain again and flew off the East face 'in the same day'
- climbed and flew from Mt. Tutoko, Mt. Aspiring, Mt. Tasman and many others
- involved with fellow mountaineer Kim Logan in rescuing seven climbers trapped on Mt. Earnslaw
- first New Zealander to climb K2 without oxygen
- starred in full feature movie 'The Leading Edge'
- featured in documentary on the centenary ascent of Mt. Cook
What a champion. He certainly lived!