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Mark Hesse Obituary
Mark Bernard Hesse passed away on January 27, 2014 in Boulder, Colorado. Mark was born on September 7, 1950 in Colorado Springs to Gilbert and Florence Johnson Hesse. He grew up in Colorado Springs, where he earned his Eagle Scout rank and graduated from St. Mary's High School. Mark attended University of Colorado at Boulder where he graduated with a Master's degree in special education and teaching. He also received a Master's degree in geography from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Mark was a devoted husband and father. He dedicated his life to outdoor education and was widely recognized for his work in conservation. He climbed and traveled all over the world and made many first ascents on several continents. In 1976, Mark made the first ascent of the southeast face of Mt. Asgard on Baffin Island. In 1982, he soloed the south face of Denali via the Scott-Haston Route. In 1986, he did the alpine-style first ascent of the northeast buttress of Kangtega (22,241 feet) in Nepal. As recently as 2006, Mark completed a new route on the East Buttress of Cayangate in Peru's Cordillera Vilcanota. Mark was the recipient of many awards including the American Alpine Club's David Brower Award for Mountain Conservation in 1995. In 2005 and 2007, he received the Bob Marshall Champion of Wilderness Award presented by the US Forest Service. He was co-founder and executive director of the Santa Fe Mountain Center from 1977-1980. He was the program director of the Southwest Outward Bound School and co-founder of the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative Program. He founded and directed the Rocky Mountain Field Institute from 1986 to 2009. In 2012, Mark founded Wildscapes Planning and Design, a company focused on trail building and restoration. Mark married Julie Asmuth at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. They were happily married for 30 years. He is survived by his wife Julie, his two daughters Hartley and Laurel, mother Florence, brothers Jon (Mary), Paul (Sophie), Phil (Rachel), sisters Anne Ness (Eric) and Maria Hesse Vasey. Mark was preceded in death by his father Gilbert Hesse. A celebration of Mark's life will be held in Boulder at Centerplate, Folsom Field Stadium Club on the CU Campus at 2085 Colorado Avenue on Saturday, February 8 at 1PM. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Front Range Climbing Stewards Program at www.boulderclimbingcommunity.net or hike a local trail with someone you love. Condolences offered at www.cristmortuary.com.

Published in The Boulder Daily Camera on Feb. 2, 2014
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