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Matt's

climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 2, 2013 - 09:21pm PT
Seems like an unconsciousness climber was on the 6th pitch of the east butt (lead fall?? Rock fall??) when I left the meadow they were about to send up a rescue helicopter. Anyone have more details??
elcap-pics

Big Wall climber
Crestline CA
Jun 2, 2013 - 09:34pm PT
Very grim scene... recovery in process. More later.
Nilepoc

Big Wall climber
Tx
Jun 2, 2013 - 09:37pm PT
I stopped and met Tom and got a little info. He said probable rock fall on the climber. They were still organizing the body recovery when I left him to cataloging the grim scene.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jun 2, 2013 - 09:37pm PT
Oh no Tom!

Terrible news. Very tough season this year. I hope you have some friends to hang out with tonight. Surely didn't need this again.
Matt's

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 2, 2013 - 09:48pm PT
Grim... So body recovery not a rescue?
WanderlustMD

Trad climber
New England
Jun 2, 2013 - 10:35pm PT
Ugh, man hope this isn't the case.

Thanks to the SAR people for all you do. Be careful up there, everyone.
Fluoride

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA
Jun 2, 2013 - 11:07pm PT
Recovery? Sad news.

Two deaths in two weeks on the Captain.

RIP to our fallen brother.
jcory86

Big Wall climber
Grass Valley, CA
Jun 3, 2013 - 12:29am PT
Condolences to the climbers family. This is definitely NOT the news I wanna hear. I'll be on the captain in a week or so...a little stressed with two deaths up there from rockfall...thanks YOSAR for all you do.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 3, 2013 - 12:40am PT
hey there say, matt's and el cap-pics...

oh my, this is very sad... it sounds like no chance, :(


my hopes and prayers, for all concerned...
:(
jcory86

Big Wall climber
Grass Valley, CA
Jun 3, 2013 - 09:29am PT
Any word?
GhoulweJ

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Jun 3, 2013 - 10:51am PT
Condolences to friends and family of the deceased.

I just did that route a week ago. I never flinched at some potential rockfall. I did however see a decent size block off to my left marked with an "X" and was obviously loose on that pitch.

PSP also PP

Trad climber
Berkeley
Jun 3, 2013 - 01:04pm PT
Why the lack of news on this accident?
Snowmassguy

Trad climber
Calirado
Jun 3, 2013 - 01:10pm PT
^^^ I was wondering the same thing
Matt's

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 3, 2013 - 02:04pm PT
as far as i can tell, tom seems to know what is going on, but is waiting for yosar to issue a press release...
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jun 3, 2013 - 02:32pm PT
At times like this Tom gets pulled into the investigation due to his volunteer status and unparallelled ability to document. Thus comes under the whole NPS protocol and that makes it difficult comment publicly without authorization. At least thats what it sounded like last time.
WBraun

climber
Jun 3, 2013 - 02:34pm PT
No he doesn't.

In a nutshell,

The leader somehow knocked off a loose block and the block hit his belayer.

The belayer died from his injuries .....
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jun 3, 2013 - 02:36pm PT
Ok perhaps I overstated his officialness due to misunderstanding what he told me, but they do ask him to do a fair bit of documentation and use his equipment. Not sure he gets paid during these things but I thought he was under YOSAR last time.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Jun 3, 2013 - 02:39pm PT
Condolences to all.
Matt's

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 3, 2013 - 02:50pm PT
thanks for chiming in, Werner.

from the bridge it sounded like the leader was being given instructions to go back to the anchor, which now makes sense...

it's been a grim week in the valley... condolescences to all involved
acmissteen

climber
Jun 3, 2013 - 02:51pm PT
http://www.nps.gov/yose/parknews/kiernansar613.htm
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