Matthew Hegeman touched the lives of many people, always inspiring confidence, providing laughter, and focusing on what was important in the moment.
As a mountain guide, his humor, generosity of spirit, and emphasis on safety above all things gave climbers confidence and assurance to tackle the challenges before them. He was an amazing teacher, a careful guide, and a true friend. We are deeply saddened by the loss of his life in an avalanche while guiding on the Liberty Ridge of Mount Rainier.
Matt leaves behind his wife and love, Ericka Hegeman, who with incredible strength must continue forward – following their dreams and embracing Matt's encouragement to fill her life with what is most meaningful.
It is hard to imagine losing the most important person in your life, but you can help Ericka through this incredibly challenging time with your gift. Every dollar will help to cover expenses Ericka is facing due to this tragic loss.
We thank you for your incredible generosity and will keep Matt in our hearts - remembering his smile, laughter, and gentle encouragement to keep moving forward.