Christopher L. HassigChristopher L. Hassig
Christopher L. Hassig G died Monday at the age of 32 when a repelling anchor failed as he descended from a peak in the Andes Mountains in Peru, according to Johnathan Stevens G, Hassig's climbing partner.
Hassig, a third-year student in the Department of Architecture, and Stevens, a student in the Department of Civil Engineering, left for Peru August 2 to pursue research work on the regional architecture of agrarian cultures and make attempts on several peaks in the Cordierella Blanca range of the Andes Mountains.
Leon Groisser '48, executive officer in the Department of Architecture, described Hassig's accomplishments in the department as "very, very unusual" as he "developed a subject which he taught in woodframe construction."
Stevens characterized Hassig as "no neophyte" who "had been [mountain] climbing for ten to twelve years." Hassig's and Steven's climb of the northwest face of the Nevada Ulta was a first ascent of the peak. The climb represented the "type of cutting edge Chris appreciated," Stevens added.
Hassig, who studied Art at Plymouth State College and hailed from Conway, New Hampshire, is survived by his parents, brother and sister. His body has been committed to the snows of the Nevada Ulta.