This site is for family, friends, and colleagues of Avner Magen to post their thoughts and memories of him. Avner died in a climbing accident on May 29, 2010, in Alaska.

Avner was a beloved and devoted father, husband and son; a terrifically warm, funny, and energetic person; a brilliant and creative researcher; and a wonderful friend and colleague.

Please share your stories, memories and words of support by sending an email to You may also post comments to any entry. Visit this Photo Site for a photo memorial of Avner and his family and friends. Instructions for adding pictures appear next to the album.

More details appear on the Avner Magen Memorial page.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Yuval Filmus

I recall once being invited to Avner's house, to witness
firsthand the miracle - Avner was speaking to his youngest
in Russian! He had learned some Russian as part of his
training to the great Pamir Expedition, two years ago. All
the family was there, and everybody seemed so happy.

He later took me with his kids to a climbing "exercise". He
was very careful and was upset when they were taking
unnecessary risks. Clearly the "bug" has caught on.

Only two weeks ago we spoke, and he seemed very excited to
go on that trip. I can still hear his very special
intonation, the sound of his voice.

Avner, we miss you.

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