>The body of 71-year-old Dallas Kloke of Anacortes was recovered Thursday, September 30 near Mount Larrabee in the North Cascades. Kloke, pictured here (left) on an April 2008 climb on Mt. Erie, was climbing with a group on September 25 when a rock gave way and he fell approximately 300 feet. Weather and terrain prohibited initial recovery efforts. Kloke was a retired teacher from the Oak Harbor School District. His lifetime of experiences as an avid outdoorsman include countless hours of climbing and creation of a rock climb system on Mt. Erie. He was also a board member of “Solid Rock, Climbers for Christ,” a national climbing organization. He was the author of several Northwest rock climbing guidebooks.
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.
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