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ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
California
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 25, 2014 - 07:42am PT
You will be sorely missed Brian McCray.

Credit: ElCapPirate

Descent off of the Streaked Wall in Zion
Descent off of the Streaked Wall in Zion
Credit: ElCapPirate

Credit: ElCapPirate
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Aug 25, 2014 - 07:47am PT
the 'something specials'
are always just passing thru.

they get it all said and done
in less time than those
whom coax life from their heart.

admiration and respect
to mr. McCray, and to
you as well mr. Mcneely.
Trashman

Trad climber
SLC
Aug 25, 2014 - 07:47am PT
What!? That sucks. Never had the pleasure of meeting him, but I've stared at his creations from safer ground many times.
W.L.

climber
Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
Aug 25, 2014 - 08:04am PT
I had only met Brian a few times, picking up climbing shoes from resole, and he just seemed like an awesome guy. Super nice, positive, and definitely stoked...and stoked for you. I was getting ready to head to Zion this winter to attempt Touchstone Wall, which we didn't end up firing due to snow, but he was so excited about it, and it was just Touchstone and just me. Nobody special, important, and the route certainly isn't anything extreme. He was one of the unsung hardmen of the sport, from A5+ to 5.14, and bold...the quintessential all-arounder.

May those of you who were close to him find some peace, as the world is much worse off without Brian around.
Burt

Social climber
Angelus Oaks, Ca
Aug 25, 2014 - 08:57am PT
Credit: Burt
Credit: Burt
Credit: Burt
Credit: Burt
Credit: Burt
Credit: Burt
Michelle

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
Aug 25, 2014 - 09:08am PT
Very sad :(
klaus

Big Wall climber
Pacif*#ka Muthaf*#ka
Aug 25, 2014 - 09:09am PT
WTF? what happened?
TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Aug 25, 2014 - 09:12am PT

Sad News indeed :(
karen roseme

Mountain climber
Bishop
Aug 25, 2014 - 09:14am PT
This is such sad news.
You are right Brian will be missed! He was such a great spirt, so fun to be around!
Great pictures Ammon. Thank you so much for sharing them.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Aug 25, 2014 - 09:17am PT
Condolences to all. I did not know the man, the person, but it looks like he will leave behind a strong remembrance. A legacy in his own right.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Aug 25, 2014 - 09:21am PT
Illness?, accident?
Condolences to his friends and family.
RIP Brian,
Tad
Grippa

Trad climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 25, 2014 - 09:22am PT
Sad day. I'll be sure to climb a route in Zion in honor of Flyin Brian this year.
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Aug 25, 2014 - 09:27am PT
o man , bad news .

Is it too soon to ask what happened , he looked quite young .
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Aug 25, 2014 - 09:28am PT
Such a sad day. I was just thinking of Brian a couple of days ago. I'll miss you brother.
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Aug 25, 2014 - 09:43am PT
Sorry for your loss Ammon and for the loss of the entire climbing community when one of its good ones falls. Sad day. I used to always like reading of his exploits in little snippets in the mags.
coolrockclimberguy69

climber
Aug 25, 2014 - 09:48am PT
Bad ass motherf*#ker. Not too many people can claim to have established 5.14 and A5. A true adventurer.

I first met him in the Caf right after he soloed Surgeon General (or PSD?). He had this nasty ropeburn in the crook of his elbow from a huge fall he took on the route.

Fly on, Brian.
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 25, 2014 - 10:11am PT
So sorry to hear this. I hung out with him socially a couple of times. Nice guy. What a bad ass climber! More climbing talent in his little pinky...

Condolences to friends and family.
More Air

Trad climber
S.L.C.
Aug 25, 2014 - 10:18am PT
Very sad...great guy who was at the leading edge of big wall climbing, especially in Zion, hard aid, hard free and speed.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Aug 25, 2014 - 10:24am PT
Pirate, sorry for your loss here man.

My condolences to all Brian's family and friends. It's tough to lose one so talented and loved.

Sometimes the most interesting of us leave too soon.
rox

Trad climber
Flagstaff
Aug 25, 2014 - 10:35am PT
Thank Ammon & Kurt for the pics! So nice to see that smiling face! hugs hugs
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