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.