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Burt

Social climber
Angelus Oaks, Ca
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 24, 2014 - 12:27am PT

There is a memorial account set up for Mieka and the baby now.

Mountain America Credit Union
Sean "Stanley" Leary Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 9001
West Jordan, UT 84084




This is far from my place, but as others closer to him are greaving, we as a community need to pull together. We have all been in awe of Sean Leary or as some know him as Stanley. An email for his sister today says that Sean was killed in or around Zion. I am in shock and disbelief. Please keep his spirit crushing by just giving thanks and kind words. No need to speculate , no need to argue, just a beautiful life cut too short and someone who has touched us all.

Godspeed Stanley

Kurtburt
Gearhead

Trad climber
Novato Ca
Mar 24, 2014 - 12:32am PT
Oh No!
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Mar 24, 2014 - 12:33am PT
Oh no... I'm so sorry.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Mar 24, 2014 - 12:35am PT
Peace to Sean's loved ones and friends. Joy to a life lived.

"The Bold see paths few choose and knowing not they go....loving the path they choose and are loved."
Hankster

Social climber
Golden, CO
Mar 24, 2014 - 12:39am PT
Credit: Hankster

Chris McNamara on Sean Leary, ripped from FB

Sean Leary was one my all-time favorite adventure partners. Not only was it fun to climb El Cap or jump off a bridge with him, but we could talk about everything from veggie gardening to eastern philosophy. Climbing El Cap was fun, as was doing Seanís first BASE jump off the Potato Bridge. But I remember best the long conversations on the descents from El Cap or over breakfast before a big day in the mountains. We both shared a vision/philosophy that all these big adventures were not about the photos and videos that came from them (though that was a fun side benefit). It was much more about finding and staying on an elusive path of constant discovery and growth. Sometimes that was about climbing El Cap faster or finding the last great undone BASE jumps in the U.S. But more often it was about books we were reading, how he could get solar on his house in El Portal, or how to have a better backyard veggie garden.

I first really got to know Sean on New Yearís Eve 2000. The world was coming to an end because of some bad computer programming, or so a lot of people thought. We were out in the desert near Bishop around a big campfire. Everyone was on way too many drugs; Sean and I were on even more. Everyone else eventually fell asleep so it was just the two of us left to watch the first sunrise of the millennium. I canít remember if we said much ó our brains were pretty much Jello at that point. I just remember thinking that we were two people on the same path: using mountains, adventures (and maybe a little acid) to tap into the most powerful and meaningful experiences we could find.

I saw Sean a few times over the early 2000ís, and then came the day of his first BASE jump off the Potato Bridge in Twin Falls with Ivo Ninov and Ammon McNeely. I donít remember why I was the teacher; I had a well-earned reputation in the BASE world of having a bit more ambition than skill. But all three of them jumped and landed perfectly. The next day they again made perfect jumps and I followed with my first attempt at swooping a smaller BASE canopy. It resulted in a horribly sprained ankle that still swells up periodically today. Sean, Ammon and Ivo took turns carrying me out and drove me to the hospital. That began my path of getting out of BASE.

I sold Sean one of my BASE rigs and he started the path of becoming the most prolific U.S/ wingsuit base jumper in history. He found more new Western US wingsuit exits than probably anyone. Even though I retired from BASE jumping shortly after Sean got into it, I lived vicariously through him. We shared notes on what was possible that had never been done. We talked about the dangers of the sport, which are massive. He was fully aware and I think I knew where his head was at ó my own head had been there. It was that delicious time when increasing skill and wingsuit design progression matched up with the fact we were (and still are) in a Golden Age of the sport with unlimited ďfirst exitsĒ waiting to be nabbed. A great BASE flight is one of the greatest feelings in the world. And sadly it has taken way too many of my friends, including one of the Great Ones of all time, Sean Leary.
ó with Sean Leary, Ivo Ninov and Ammon McNeely at El Capitan, Yosemite National Park.

Fly free kiddo, love you.
Hankster
grover

climber
Northern Mexico
Mar 24, 2014 - 12:40am PT
Peace be with you Sean and condolences to family and friends.
BLD

climber
Mar 24, 2014 - 12:45am PT
So lost for words. You will be missed Sean. Condolences to all.
Meagher

Trad climber
Reno, NV
Mar 24, 2014 - 12:52am PT
Sad news. My condolences to all who loved and knew him.
Flip Flop

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
Mar 24, 2014 - 12:52am PT
Damn. I still sing Coilers song "Stanley The Big Wall Hammer" all the time. Brutal loss of a really good man. Rest in peace buddy. See you out there.
WBraun

climber
Mar 24, 2014 - 12:54am PT
"one of the Great Ones of all time, Sean Leary"

Yep

The first time I ever saw him climb I was totally blown away ......
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Mar 24, 2014 - 12:54am PT
Condolences & Respect. Thanks for the Inspiration as to what is possible in this life.
Joe

Social climber
Santa Cruz
Mar 24, 2014 - 01:00am PT
too too sad...
enjoimx

Trad climber
SLO
Mar 24, 2014 - 01:04am PT
Damn! Big inspiration to me. Rest in peace brother. Soooo sad
YosemiteSteve

Trad climber
CA
Mar 24, 2014 - 01:08am PT
F*#k.
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Mar 24, 2014 - 01:25am PT
Thank you for posting that, Hank. Some photos of below

Summit of temple crag with Alex Honnold cedar wright and Sean leary
Summit of temple crag with Alex Honnold cedar wright and Sean leary
Credit: Chris McNamara

Sean Leary starts up the first pitch of the nose
Sean Leary starts up the first pitch of the nose
Credit: Chris McNamara

Sean Leary on the top of The Nose with half dome in the back
Sean Leary on the top of The Nose with half dome in the back
Credit: Chris McNamara

Back with plenty of time to send the El Cap Layback. From left to righ...
Back with plenty of time to send the El Cap Layback. From left to right: Racer 5, Big Stone, Sean Leary.
Credit: Chris McNamara

Sean Leary on the summit of El Capitan
Sean Leary on the summit of El Capitan
Credit: Chris McNamara

After Sean, Ivo and Ammon's first base jump, potato bridge.
After Sean, Ivo and Ammon's first base jump, potato bridge.
Credit: Chris McNamara

Jerry Dodrill

climber
Sebastopol
Mar 24, 2014 - 01:26am PT
No f*#king way!
Leggs

Sport climber
Made in California
Mar 24, 2014 - 01:27am PT
too sad for words ...
~peace

Coolcarl

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Mar 24, 2014 - 01:51am PT
This clip always makes me smile.
"The best climber in the world is the one having the most fun"
Clip starts at 2:30



NA_Kid

Big Wall climber
The Bear State
Mar 24, 2014 - 01:56am PT
Wow, so sad to hear. He was an inspiration to me. Quiet hardman of the valley, crushing it.
wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
Mar 24, 2014 - 02:00am PT
When I asked Sean if he wanted to an El Cap push early last month, he replied;

"Dude, hell yeah!! I'd be so psyched to go climb with ya! It's just fine tuning the timing to make it happen!"


R.I.P. my friend, you will continue to inspire myself, and many others for a very long while.

My condolences to his family, and the many people who also loved him.


Wayne Willoughby
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