Richard Harrison has passed away


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Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 25, 2014 - 07:46pm PT
The great Richard Harrison, original Stonemaster, pioneer at Josh, Suicide and Tahquitz, Yosemite, Red Rocks, Lover's Leap, and countless other venues, passed away yesterday, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.

Richard was an avatar of the old trad ethic and mentored an entire generation of aspiring trad crushers. In High school we used to read out loud long passages from Herman Buhl's Lonely Challenge - great moments that shot us onto some of the finest vertical real estate on earth, moments now drifting through me like half-forgotten lyrics - powerful, divine, and lonesome.

Condolences to all of his friends.

John Long

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 25, 2014 - 07:47pm PT
Words escape me! Way, too young!

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Oct 25, 2014 - 07:50pm PT
Damn . . . One of the unsung heroes has departed.

RIP Richard . . . long may you run.

Trad climber
Nedsterdam CO
Oct 25, 2014 - 07:58pm PT
Condolences to his family and friends.

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Oct 25, 2014 - 08:02pm PT

Sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Another legend gone. . .

Boulder climber
Oct 25, 2014 - 08:06pm PT
I'm shocked and saddened by his passing, he was a Climber to the Core and a great friend and brother. . .df

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Oct 25, 2014 - 08:17pm PT

So sorry to see this news...)-;
Condolences to his friends and family....
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Oct 25, 2014 - 08:20pm PT
Deepest respects and condolences to all his family and friends.A truly exceptional climber.

Trad climber
Oct 25, 2014 - 08:27pm PT
Sad news, condolences to friends and family.


Social climber
From the Time Before the Rocks Cooled.
Oct 25, 2014 - 08:30pm PT
A true brother and upstanding man! Richard was an original Stonemaster and uniquely at home on the rock. A great passing!

Oct 25, 2014 - 08:32pm PT
A huge loss. Damn.

As most of you know, but some may not, aside from being one of the original Stonemasters Richard Harrison is also a legend and pioneer in the history of Red Rock climbing. The undisputed leader of a talented and prolific group known as the Adventure Punks. Not sure where the name came from but I never thought it fit them very well because they are anything but punks. The adventure part works though. Old school trad ethics combined with hardcore boldness. It's pretty much impossible to climb anywhere in the canyons or hills of Red Rock and not follow in their footsteps.

He will be greatly missed and I hope that history will recognize and remember his massive contributions even though I always got the impression that he was never a guy who needed or sought the limelight.

My sincerest codolences to Lisa and to all his friends and family.


Oct 25, 2014 - 08:33pm PT
Seeds sown?

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Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Oct 25, 2014 - 08:36pm PT
I only know Richard through Dwain's stories of his generosity in helping him with his window-washing business in Las Vegas.

Sad news, and condolences to friends and family.
rick sumner

Trad climber
reno, nevada/ wasilla alaska
Oct 25, 2014 - 08:40pm PT
The passing of another legend of N.A. climbing. With each departure, those of a certain age inhabit a smaller less familiar world.

Condolences to his family, freinds, and all he influenced during his short stay here on Earth.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Oct 25, 2014 - 08:53pm PT
Sad news indeed. I just say Richard in Vegas a few months ago at Brian McCray's memorial...we talked about getting together to go sorry to hear this news.......
Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
Oct 25, 2014 - 08:53pm PT
Compared to Richard, I only dabbled in the climbing life. No one else I ever knew, except maybe Bachar, was as fully dedicated to it.

Whenever I caught up with him, he seemed to me the same as when we met as teenagers: climbing as much as possible, loving it, and always on the lookout for new routes.

In the climbing game, Richard was all in.

Love to his family.


Oct 25, 2014 - 08:59pm PT
With each departure, those of a certain age inhabit a smaller less familiar world.

I'd disagree. Have you ever heard of the idea of standing on the shoulders of giants?

If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.
Isaac Newton

Every climber that has advanced the sport falls into the giant category. Without them most are still climbing 4th class.

Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Oct 25, 2014 - 09:07pm PT
From what I knew of him, he walked the walk. A legendary lifelong practitioner of those things that make climbing more than just a sport.

Condolences to family and those close to him.

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 25, 2014 - 09:13pm PT
For the record, Rick Accomazzo, Richarad Harrison and I all grew up in the same hometown (Upland, California), all went to Upland High, and all started tying in together during high school. Ricky had all the talent, and Richard had all the commitment. I just talked loudly. They were and always be my two closest friends. Hate to lose one of them.


Trad climber
Oct 25, 2014 - 09:14pm PT
Sad news. I an speechless. Condolences.
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