Thursday, May 25, 2006

Charlie Ice Climbing

If you've an image of Charlie, please send them!!! I will do my best to post them. Everyone is enjoying the new images.


More Charlie

Here's a pic of Charlie and me from our house at Whitman. I transfered to Whitman with Charlie and Gabe. Gabe, Sonja and I lived there and Charlie squatted in the basement and ate all our food. :)

From Alan Schmitz

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Gabe and Charlie

Sent by Sonja Lapinski

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Charlie and Gabe

Charlie and Gabe in Yosemite

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Yosemite October 2005.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Sam, Charlie and Chris

Randy King took this image of Charlie, Sam Wick and Chris Olson at Camp Schurman on July 1, 2005. The Wentzel group ended up exhausted on the summit with no equipment to spend the night. A helicopter dropped survival gear on the top of the mountain and Chris and Sam climbed up in the late evening from Camp Schurman, in bitter wind conditions, to ensure their safety. Charlie, climbed up to the group from Camp Muir SOLO and all three walked the party and gear down the next day. The photo captures them as they arrived at Camp Schurman after saving lives and a long night on the mountain.

Aug 20, 2004 Charlie going for a rescue

Dave Uberauga took this photo of Charlie gearing up for another rescue of two ill-equipped climbers who went off-route and became stranded on the edge of a crevasse at dark. Charlie and Paul located them shortly after midnight, and retrieved them at first light.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Perfect Day

Bree and Charlie climbing on Mt. Stuart.

The Hang Out

Charlie between climbs at Ty and Lindsay's home.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006


Charlie going at it in Leavenworth

Charlie with Friends in Ellensburg

Right to Left: Charlie, Kristina, Lindsay and Ty Kellett, Barton Churchill, Jill Testerman, Paul Charlton, and Jessie Bay above.

Kristina and Charlie

Here is another great image of these two!

Charlie and Kristina

Charlie last August, 2005

Mount Rainier ranger killed in accident in Canadian Rockies

By Warren Cornwall
Seattle Times staff reporter

When Charlie Borgh went away to college, he left as a skinny, soccer-playing valedictorian.

A few years later, Mr. Borgh had transformed himself into a muscled and talented climber, skilled enough that he joined the elite ranks of Mount Rainier's climbing rangers in his early 20s.

The mountains became the focus of his life — he exercised at least two hours every day with an eye toward them, and he planned his life to revolve around climbing, said his father, John Borgh.
"He was in love with climbing. He wanted climbing to be his life until he died," he said. His son's strength was coupled with gentleness, he said.

Last Thursday, at 26, Mr. Borgh was killed in what Canadian authorities believe was an avalanche while he climbed high on the flank of Mount Deltaform in the Canadian Rockies.
Mr. Borgh grew up far from any mountains — in Minneapolis and Sioux City, Iowa.

He discovered rock climbing as a freshman at the University of Colorado in Boulder. That interest expanded into mountaineering and grew into a consuming passion after he transferred to Whitman College in Walla Walla, his father said.

He was drawn to the mountains by a sense of their purity, the physical pleasure, the challenge and the camaraderie, family members and a colleague said.

Mr. Borgh first volunteered to work at Mount Rainier in 2002, said Mike Gauthier, the supervisor of climbing rangers at Mount Rainier National Park. He quickly ascended the ranks and was named a lead climbing ranger for this year, Gauthier said.

He also served on the prestigious Yosemite Search and Rescue team in California's Yosemite Valley.

"I had so much faith in Charlie and trusted his ability that I was sending him up to Denali for a month just to get more experience," Gauthier said.

Mr. Borgh's climbing companion in Canada, a friend from college, survived the accident, John Borgh said.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police did not release the name of the friend but said he suffered broken limbs.

Mr. Borgh is survived by his father and mother, John and Mary Borgh, of Minneapolis; sister and brother-in-law Brynn and Nels Olsen, of Madison, Wis.; and fiancée Kristina Mustacich, of Washington state.

Warren Cornwall: 206-464-2311 or

Charlie Harrison Borgh

Charles Harrison Borgh
Age 26
Washington State, formerly of Sioux City, IA, and Minneapolis, MN
Killed April 20 in a climbing accident in the Canadian Rockies.

A Midwestern outdoorsman, Charlie fell in love with mountains in college and hasn’t stopped climbing since. His strength and abilities were admired by his fellow climbers, and his smile and warmth were admired by everyone. A high school valedictorian, he played soccer and participated in Quiz Bowl. At Whitman College he majored in history and mountains. He climbed throughout the West and worked for four years as a climbing ranger at Mount Rainier National Park. He was tall, gentle and quietly funny and will be so very much missed by his family, fiancée and friends. Charlie is preceded in death by his grandparents, Harrison and Betty Ann Freeman and Carl and Madelynne Borgh. He is survived by his loving parents, John and Mary Borgh of Minneapolis, MN, his sister and brother-in-law, Bryn and Nels Olsen of Madison, WI, his fiancée, Kristina Mustacich of Washington State, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Memorial gathering on Friday, April 28, 5-7 pm, at Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel, 5000 W. 50th & Hwy 100. Funeral service Saturday, April 29, 9:30 am, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove Street, Minneapolis. Private interment.

Memorials preferred to Mount Rainier National Park, Mountain Climbing Program, Tahoma Woods, Star Route, Ashford, WA 98397.