|Five friends ready for adventure. Kim, Lisa, Cissie, Jackie and Jim|
|. Lisa, Cissie, Kim and Jim at the beginning of the slot in Undercover.|
|Cissie and Lisa hike into the slot.|
|Kim, Jim, Cissie and Lisa hiking through an easy, wide section of Undercover.|
|Overlapping walls block out the sun.|
|Cissie, Jim and Lisa stem across cracks and pools where the canyon narrows.|
|Going on down the canyon.|
|Lisa and Kim rig for the 1st of 3 rappels.|
|Jim takes the lead.|
|Cissie and Jim at the bottom, Kim at the top.|
|Cissie in the grotto above the 2nd rappel.|
|Lisa instructs Cissie on rigging for the 2nd rappel.|
Jim goes first, I follow and Cissie comes 3rd. Kim and Lisa come last. Jim has the most work to do going sideways across the rock face and onto the log then pulling the rope into position for the last 20 foot drop.
|Cissie descends the silo.|
|Cissie stands on the log jam on top of the crack.|
|Jim coaches Cissie in the final 20 foot descent.|
A Tribute to Kim Ruble.
|Jim and Kim on the Morning Glory Arch canyoneering route.|
I had to write this because Kim has been a big part of our blogs about Moab. He and Lisa are the reason we spend so much time here. He was a veteran, a great pilot and friend. We flew with him several times and went on so many adventures together. He had a deep laugh that came from his core, a wacky sense of humor and a joyous outlook on life. He was compassionate and took time to know and mentor other people. He described himself as "just an old liberal". We all sure got along.
In memory of Kim here are some pics from our canyoneering adventures.
|Kim tosses the rope into the Medieval Chamber on the Morning Glory Arch route.|
|Kim and Jim at the rappel into the Medieval Chamber|
Kim and Jim shared a special bond and knowledge, Kim as a pilot and Jim as an aeronautical engineer.
|Kim descends free-hanging from Morning Glory Arch.|
|Aron, Kim, Lisa, Neal and Jim Behind the Rocks.|
|Jim, Kim and Jackie climbing up Elephant Butte.|
|Soul Mates. Kim and Lisa on Elephant Butte in Arches.|
|Kim, Lisa, Jackie, Neal and Jim on top of Elephant Butte.|
|Kim and Jim in Undercover.|
|Kim on belay at the 1st rappel in Undercover.|
|Kim at the top of a down-climb in Undercover.|
|Kim free-hanging on the last 100+ foot rappel in Undercover.|
|Jim and Kim on the hike out after the last rappel in Undercover.|
|Kim makes fractioning up a steep, rounded shoulder of sandstone look like a walk in the park.|
Thanks for joining us in this tribute. Until next time.
Jackie and Jim