I hate to post this... Chris Chan killed


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Big Wall climber
Crestline CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 11, 2010 - 04:10pm PT
I heard from Erik Sloan last night that Chris Chan was killed yesterday in the Meadows, traversing off a climb. I don't know the details, just what Erik posted to me.... I am sick about it.... Chris was a special woman with many talents and a wonderful personality. We followed her on her solo's of the Shield last fall and the Trip this spring.... I still can't grasp it... any details would be appreciated. I am broken hearted.... I hate this so much....
Click the link below leading to a short Memorial ElCap Report about Chris, with photos.


Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jul 11, 2010 - 04:14pm PT
Very sorry to hear this Tom.

My condolences to Chris's friends and family.

I have "walked" off a few things in the meadows that were pretty steep.
It's totally possible when there are tiny loose bits of debris on that steep stuff.

What a great smile.

Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Jul 11, 2010 - 04:25pm PT
Don't even know what to say......Life is like quicksilver and no one is exempt from the outcomes of the day, whether triumphant or tragic. Of course my heart breaks for Chris's family, loved ones and friends. I hope they will be comforted a small bit by the fact that Chris was obviously a talented person following/living out a life she loved. A remarkable feat in itself. I will keep all in my thoughts and prayers. lynne

Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Jul 11, 2010 - 04:34pm PT
My sincere condolences to her loved ones.
No words can discribe this huge loss to our climbing community and her many loved ones.
Terrible news.

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jul 11, 2010 - 04:43pm PT
I borrowed it from somewhere.

I hope someone won't take offense. I'll remove it if necessary.

Jul 11, 2010 - 04:43pm PT
The family is still waiting for the coroner's report but I'm afraid it's true.

Please post your condolences on http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=136210793068504

Trad climber
Jul 11, 2010 - 04:44pm PT
Very sad news.


Trad climber
Jul 11, 2010 - 04:45pm PT
Terrible news. My deepest condolences to family and friends.

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jul 11, 2010 - 04:46pm PT
Terrible news. Very sad indeed.

Trad climber
Clovis, CA
Jul 11, 2010 - 04:53pm PT
HOLY SH#T!! I just saw her soloing with Erik this past Thursday as they passed us on the Royal Arches!

My sincere condolences

Trad climber
Merced CA
Jul 11, 2010 - 05:24pm PT
Wow I can't believe what I'm hearing. She was the one that taught me about trad climbing. Deepest condolences to family and friends.

Arkansas, I suppose
Jul 11, 2010 - 05:25pm PT
Feck... just feck.
My deepest sympathy to friends and family

Big Wall climber
From Back to Big Wall Baby
Jul 11, 2010 - 05:49pm PT
Hard to Believe

My deepest condolences

Social climber
Bouncy Tiggerville
Jul 11, 2010 - 05:51pm PT
Deepest sympathy and condolences to family and friends - it sucks to lose such a young and vibrant member of the climbing community.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Jul 11, 2010 - 05:56pm PT
Here are the details, from the email I sent out last night:

On Friday, Chris and Jim (Castelaz) had climbed Eichorn Pinnacle and were
descending to the notch between that and Cathedral Peak. Chris slipped
(unroped) from the [edit:] downclimb before the traverse, and apparently the drop is 30 feet on one side
and 300 feet on the other - she fell on the 300' side. It was a body
recovery, so she probably died immediately in the fall.

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 11, 2010 - 06:08pm PT
I never met Chris but was very impressed after following her Shield solo last Fall. What an amazing lady. I can't even begin to imagine how much she will be missed by friends and family.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
WA, & NC & Idaho
Jul 11, 2010 - 06:12pm PT
So sorry to her friends and family.
She had a very beautiful smile.
Be careful y'all.

San Francisco
Jul 11, 2010 - 06:24pm PT
I'm so incredibly sad about this. Chris was at the center of the Stanford climbing community for so long. Her stories and the way she lived her life were incredibly inspiring to me, especially since I could never have the guts to follow my dreams and passions like she did.

I remember driving up with Eujin to the meadows one summer and meeting Chris at Crane Flat to deliver some gear that she had ordered. She was in the midst of her summer-in-the-valley, soloing awesome walls and living life to the fullest. She looked incredibly fit, strong, and happy. That's what I'll remember.


Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 11, 2010 - 06:42pm PT
Hoh man! I hate this part. Sincerest condolences to all of her people.

Trad climber
Can't get here from there
Jul 11, 2010 - 06:59pm PT
Terrible sorry to hear of this.

Condolences go out to all of her family and many friends.
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