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New Photos from The First Annual Aidan Climbing Competition

On June 1st, The Cliffs held the first ever Aidan Memorial flash-style competition.  Climbers of all abilities participated as evidenced by Nick's big win in the "Novice Heavyweight" division.  Naturally Kyra and Owen also medaled but most importantly the event brought together the Cliffs climbing community to cherish the memory of Aidan and the light that he brought to all.  A big thanks to the wonderful team at the Cliffs and all who climbed for Aidan!


Aidan's Biography

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 Born on March 10, 2002 in Greenwich Village, New York, Aidan was the beloved son of Nicholas and Regina (Haughney) Silitch and the adored younger brother of Kyra and Owen. He was a graduate of St Luke's School in the West Village and was a junior at The Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, New York.

Aidan was brave, kind, resilient, generous and compassionate. He was also whip-smart, fierce and funny. He had an infectious smile, loved to laugh, and looked out for the underdog; he made the unsure feel sure. He was true to himself and inspired confidence and a sense of well-being in others. He found great joy in his family, his friends, his love of the outdoors, and the pursuit of knowledge.

An exceptional climber, Aidan was a cherished member of the climbing community at The Cliffs in Long Island City. He started with his older siblings when he was 13 and it quickly became his passion. He successfully competed around the country, traveling to Nationals in Bend, Oregon and professional competitions, where he recently made his first final in Albany, NY.

Aidan was also an adored member of his community in Dublin, NH where he was a source of warmth and brightness for everyone. He will be remembered as a force of joy by his extended family and friends in Dublin, in New York and in every community he touched.   A true Viking.

Climbing Magazine's Memorial to Aidan


Aidan Cameron Silitch, 17, died tragically on Thursday, March 21, 2019 in a ski mountaineering accident on the North Face of the Aiguille du Tacul in Chamonix, France. Born on March 10, 2002, in Greenwich Village, New York, he was the beloved son of Nicholas and Regina (Haughney) Silitch and the adored younger brother of Kyra and Owen.  

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Sport Climbing - Being Brazen

Chicken - Double Fries 

Kindness - Generosity - Strength

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Wet Willies - Blue - Finn

Family - Dublin - Michelle Obama

Calvin & Hobbes - The Far Side

Pearls before Swine 

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Memories of Aidan

Memorial guest book

New York times memorial guest book Aidan Silitch

Hallie Hayne, New York, NY

 Aidan always had the biggest smile on his face.  He lit up every room that he walked into.  He was the sweetest and most generous person I've ever met.  He would help anyone who needed it with school work and had an infectious ability to learn.  The past thirteen years being in his class and his friend were amazing.  He was so strong and brave, and I am so happy that I got to know him for so long. 

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