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boulderkitty

Trad climber
LA
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 5, 2012 - 12:35am PT
Sad news.
I climbed here for the first time last weekend.
Anyone have more info? http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/10/hall-of-horrors-joshua-tree-death.html
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Oct 5, 2012 - 12:37am PT
Woah, what a horrible thing to happen in such a wonderful place.

I think about that little cove all the time... what a terrible thing to happen anywhere.
Fletcher

Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Oct 5, 2012 - 01:22am PT
So sorry to hear this!

Eric
karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Oct 5, 2012 - 01:42am PT
soloist? Rest in peace whoever you were.
CynthiaL

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Oct 5, 2012 - 01:43am PT
The official press release should be available in the morning. I will try to post it then. Sketchy info this afternoon. Very sad... we have had so few fatalities in the park in my 15 years...
The user formerly known as stzzo

climber
Sneaking up behind you
Oct 5, 2012 - 01:49am PT
Damn. This is shocking. Or horrible. Or something.

RIP, Good Sir.
splitter

Trad climber
Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Oct 5, 2012 - 02:43am PT
Very sad and troubling to hear of this. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.
ec

climber
ca
Oct 5, 2012 - 02:44am PT
Doesn't The Exorcist start on a ledge above the deck?

 ec
Fluoride

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA
Oct 5, 2012 - 02:49am PT
Yes EC. But it's sloping so if he fell soloing the route he'd probably roll to the ground. Plus it's a rap off. So don't know if someone could solo it and safely walk off anywhere.

He was allegedly found 50 ft off the deck. Trying to think of routes there where the scenario of a soloing fall would put it there.
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Oct 5, 2012 - 09:13am PT
Very sad. Condoloences if any of his friends or family check in.

Looks like he probably was bouldering or soloing. Not sure what route. There's a couple of moderates scattered around in HOH that he might have been on.

Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 4:21 pm | Updated: 4:50 pm, Thu Oct 4, 2012.

Staff report | 0 comments

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK A man died Thursday afternoon while bouldering in the park...

Followed by some mis-infomation about the location BTW. The 50' thing is probably reporters getting sh#t wrong as usual. Reporters never get facts straight.
CynthiaL

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Oct 5, 2012 - 11:20am PT
Joshua Tree National Park News Release

Visitor Fatality in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park confirms a visitor fatality at Hall of Horrors area in the park.
Joshua Tree National Park Search and Rescue responded to an initial report of a visitor injury at 2:50 Thursday afternoon. The incident occurred in the popular climbing area located between the Jumbo Rocks and Ryan campgrounds referred to as the Hall of Horrors. Search and rescue personnel located the 42 year old male on a ledge 50 feet above the ground, but he did not respond to rescuers attempts to resuscitate.
ana dablam

climber
mother earth
Oct 5, 2012 - 01:13pm PT
Sad, sounds like not a climber?

Antonio Mojica or another source calls him Mojica Antonio Coronel and two companions were scrambling on the rocks in the Hall of Horrors rock climbing area inside the park, when for unknown reasons, he fell about 15 feet into a crevasse and became wedged in some rocks about 50 feet above ground level. Both Mojica's companions and a park ranger performed CPR for 30 to 45 minutes, but when paramedics from Joshua Tree Fire Station 36 arrived about 3:30, Antonio Mojica was pronounced dead.

http://kcdzfm.com/news/fullstory100512.html#a01

rip antonio
locker

Gym climber
DUH!!!...
Oct 5, 2012 - 01:16pm PT


Would it be any more important, more sad, more tragic...

had it been a "CLIMBER"???...

looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
Oct 5, 2012 - 01:17pm PT
Sad news.

Does not sound like a climber, but one of the many visitors who scramble about on the rocks.
ana dablam

climber
mother earth
Oct 5, 2012 - 01:19pm PT
no locker, of course not.

heres the la times link

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/10/rock-climber-killed-in-fall-at-joshua-tree-identified.html
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Oct 5, 2012 - 01:21pm PT
A crevasse?

Global warming must be BS.
looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
Oct 5, 2012 - 01:22pm PT
Would it be any more important, more sad, more tragic...

had it been a "CLIMBER"???...

I agree that it would be no more sad if it had been a climber.

With that said, as climbers on a climbers' Forum, the death of a fellow climber in what first sounded like a climbing accident, would be of particular interest to those of us who post and lurk here. Also, the degrees of separation would be few -- and it would have been likely to have been someone known to one of us.

locker

Gym climber
DUH!!!...
Oct 5, 2012 - 01:26pm PT

Well if it it isn't a climber...

why not delete this thread since this is a CLIMBING/CLIMBERS forum???...




SAD NEWS regardless of course...

Climber, or not...

boulderkitty

Trad climber
LA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 5, 2012 - 02:09pm PT
Thank you all for the info. Condolences to his family.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Oct 5, 2012 - 02:11pm PT
Sad, yes.

But the real story here is how climbing is so commonly misreported.
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