on 3/26 ken noda died in a fall on yarigatake in the northern alps. an outstanding climber right at the tipping point of his career with first ascents in peru only the summer before, ken was also the nicest, most shy and unassuming guy around.
over several seasons hanging out at Akadake-kosen, where Ken was the icewall manager, he became a touchstone for anyone who climbed beyond the usual stuff. ken was the real deal and always someone worth asking about, just as he was always interested in what others were doing. his death leaves a big gap in the larger climbing community and an even larger gap in the small community centered around Akadake-kosen.
an article here (in japanese, but good photos) showing kens routes in Peru.