RIP Tahoe Climber Mitchell Underhill


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Big Wall climber
Ashland, Or
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 30, 2013 - 08:09pm PT
(this is a repost because I missed the T in his name and you can't edit a thread title)

I just learned via Facebook that Mitch has passed. He leaves behind his wife Sarah and two beautiful young sons.

Mitch was one of my first climbing partners in the early 90s and were Buddy Werner ski teammates. In 99 we climbed the Shield together.

He was a firefighter in Lake Tahoe, a man with many...many friends. An amazing soul, a real live hero.

I'm at a loss for words. I'm sorry to pass this news along to anyone who knew him.



Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Sep 30, 2013 - 08:12pm PT
My prayers and condolences to his family and friends.

May they find peace....

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Sep 30, 2013 - 08:44pm PT
Huge condolences. I climbed with him one day last winter... strong, nice, cute doggies, an all around pleasant guy to be around. One of those good folks I looked forward to running into again. Very sad.
Bad Climber

Sep 30, 2013 - 08:44pm PT
Damn, this is so sad for all involved. What happened to the fellow?

Deep condolences to everyone. Damn.

Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Sep 30, 2013 - 08:47pm PT
Heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of this fine man.

south lake tahoe
Oct 1, 2013 - 05:25am PT
My condolences to Mitch's family and friends.

I climbed and hung out with Mitch a handful of times and was alway blown away by his ability, inspiring! He gave off such a sincere vibe, really humble dude. I feel honored to have known him.
susan peplow

Joshua Tree, CA
Oct 1, 2013 - 07:40pm PT
Knowing Sarah only casually and meeting Mitch just one time I cant' stop thinking about how horrible this is. What a tragic loss for Sarah, their family and all the dear friends who cared so much, I imagine healing will be slow and difficult.

I'm absolutely blown away on the website that was built in his honor and so quickly. What a great way to remember a loved one, share stories, images and mourn together. Really terrific idea and loving the images already posted- I'm sure the blog will be very touching as well.

My deepest condolences to the family, loss is just so damn hard.

Big Wall climber
Ashland, Or
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 1, 2013 - 11:28pm PT
Thanks for posting the link Susan.

And sorry if any bodies thoughtful post got deleted in the first thread, but I couldn't leave it up there with his name typo'd! sheesh

Life life to the fullest can end in the blink of an eye. I'm reading to my kids a little longer, hugging them a little tighter since Mitch's boys lost their dad. :(

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Oct 2, 2013 - 12:23am PT

So sad...Some of my friends knew Mitch....

Sending out Condolences to Mitch's family and friends....


Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Oct 2, 2013 - 06:13pm PT
Much Love to his family and friends. May fond memories of him warm your heart.
I remember being a total novice and attending a rock climbing course through LTCC at pie shop just a couple years ago. I watched Mitch free solo a slew of routes there, while wishing that one day I could do that. He inspired me to set that goal and next time i'm at pie shop i will solo crepe's corner while thinking of him.

Big Wall climber
Ashland, Or
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 2, 2013 - 06:50pm PT
Crepes Corner was my first outdoor rock climb. With Mitch and Ryan Shreve. '89 or '90
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Oct 2, 2013 - 07:01pm PT
Here's a link to the 20 posts in the thread with the misspelled title:

Ice climber
Soon 2B Flagstaff
Oct 2, 2013 - 09:10pm PT
Well, I will repost from the other thread.
My condolences to his friends, and family.

That's a very nice site.

Big Wall climber
Ashland, Or
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 3, 2013 - 12:24pm PT
Thanks Clint. Sorry I messed that up guys.

Hoping to hear about a community memorial service for Mitch. I surely would like to be there...

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Oct 3, 2013 - 12:30pm PT
from the remembrance website,

Celebration of Life!

Mitch Underhill
October 20th, 2013 at 2pm

St Theresa Church
1041 Lyons Ave
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Lakeside Inn is offering a special discounted rate for friends and family. Mention the Underhill Family when calling to book a room.

Toll-free: 800-624-7980
Local: 775-588-7777

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Dec 15, 2013 - 10:10am PT
lambone you'll be pleased to know
that the m.c. at last night's Tahoe Film Festival
gave a very nice, respectful and praising salute
to our fallen friend, Mitch.

The festival began with a film that Mitch
made of himself and a friend descending Whitney on ski's.

It was obvious that he positively affected much of the Tahoe community.

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Dec 15, 2013 - 10:28am PT
Such a tragic loss!

A beautiful and touching website.

beyond the sun
Dec 15, 2013 - 01:22pm PT
I lived on the West Shore from 1992 to 1999 and started climbing in 1993. I don't recall ever formally meeting him, but he certainly looks very familiar to me. Whether I actually met him or not, this is certainly very sad. RIP.

Big Wall climber
Ashland, Or
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 16, 2013 - 01:54am PT
Thx, Norweigan. Mitch was a great man...a true hero.
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