Alec Waggoner, of Beloit, Kansas, tragically lost his life on October 26, 2008, after a bicycle accident in Syracuse, New York. Alec perfectly represented the climbing scene in Kansas: he was energetic, optimistic, determined, and yes, a little crazy at times. He appreciated all types of climbing and mountaineering, and spent time in Kansas (gotta love Rock City!), Utah, Mexico, Texas, Idaho, California, Colorado, and New York. For Alec, climbing wasn’t about grades, locations, or style. Instead, he simply enjoyed having fun in the outdoors with good friends.
Outside of climbing, Alec was an incredibly intelligent, articulate individual who excelled in academics. He received his undergraduate degree in geology from the University of Kansas and was finishing his Masters degree at Syracuse University. His studies in thermochronology and tectonics included work in the Grand Canyon, Tibet, and most recently Papua New Guinea. Alec was offered a PhD appointment at the University of California, Santa Barbara, which he planned to accept.
Alec had an amazing, positive spirit that affected each person he met. He will forever be missed and always loved by those who knew him.