It is always hard to hear news of a Chick passing; we become so connected so quickly with the life-long friends and climbing partners met at clinics that it affects all of our alumnae in one way or another when we say goodbye. On Tuesday evening, 32-year-old Chicks alumna Holly Mauro passed away after a week-long hospitalization. She was an East Coast chick that impacted so many of our alumnae’s lives, especially Carolyn Riccardi, who wrote about Holly’s spirit and zest for life and adventure. Thank you for sharing it with us Carolyn, so we can pay tribute to this amazing Chick.
I first met Holly at a wilderness first aid class at the Mohonk Preserve. I told everyone in the room I was new to the area and wanted climbing partners especially for ice. Holly became my first ice partner. An alumna of Chicks with Picks she strongly encouraged me to go to a clinic. I remember Holly telling me about the very cool pink softshell jackets the girly guides had and how much she wanted one. During my weekend at Chicks I was introduced to many of you and also the White Mountains.
Though an accomplished climber, Holly always encouraged me to take the sharp end and go for it. She always wanted to see women succeed and connect with other women climbers. Holly was a firecracker on Wall Street and an accomplished musician. She loved crappy chick flicks and was an exceptional cook. And she loved to climb – especially in Yosemite National Park. Her new home. Holly introduced me to many wonderful people across the U.S. and in Europe. I am lucky to have met you all and call you friends.
Last time I saw her was on a busy Saturday night at the Brauhaus. She was dining with her mom and trying to get a table. It was during the holidays and I was all grungy from a day of guiding. She asked me how work and life was in the Gunks but the noise and the crowds made it hard to have a real conversation. Holly had a great smile and we hugged before I left.
Holly’s family is holding a memorial in California this weekend. A small gathering of her friends are getting together this saturday night in the Gunks. Details of the NY event are to be announced.
Life is terribly short. I hope you all are well. Please take good care. Sending you love and support.
We will provide an update with the details of the NY event in remembrance of Holly when we get them.