RIP Anna Smith


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Trad climber
No. Tahoe
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 3, 2016 - 10:05am PT
Sad news...condolences to family and friends.

Trad climber
Oct 3, 2016 - 10:27am PT
I'm very sorry to hear this. RIP

Trad climber
Mt. Rubidoux
Oct 3, 2016 - 10:37am PT
Unfortunately, one of the hazards of climbing at attitude.
Sincerest condolences and all the best to her family & friends...RIP Anna.

Oct 3, 2016 - 11:06am PT

Can a hyperbaric chamber test reveal dangerous sensitivity to altitude?

I should have used the word "hypobaric". Less than one atmosphere.

Ice climber
hartford, ct
Oct 3, 2016 - 11:11am PT
Not everyone reacts to altitude the same way every time so chamber testing wouldn't reveal much.

If she was reportedly feeling strong and healthy it'd be unusual to suddenly die of HAPE/HACE overnight at 5000m. More than likely it was a stroke or some other latent cardiac issue that was perhaps exacerbated by the effort.

Or it could have been CO poisoning... not enough info yet...

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Oct 3, 2016 - 11:16am PT
Rough season we've had lately.

Very very sorry for the friends and family of Anna.
Flip Flop

Earth Planet, Universe
Oct 3, 2016 - 11:25am PT
Her El Cap Bridge interviews shows a great spirit reminding us of our interconnection. I feel her gift and her loss our community. Deepest condolences to her tribe.

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Oct 3, 2016 - 11:39am PT
Rough season we've had lately.

That's for sure, survival. I never knew her, but that interview makes me wish I did. The losses keep hurting.

Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Oct 3, 2016 - 11:47am PT
This makes me very very sad. Saw her in the El Cap bridge interview and thought she was a very nice person...end of this summer has sucked with all the loss of life around. Condolences to family and friends.

Mountain climber
Oct 3, 2016 - 11:52am PT
Damn, my condolences to her family, and friends.

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Oct 3, 2016 - 02:20pm PT
My condolences to Anna's family and friends.

My life is poorer for having never met her.
Hardly Visible

Social climber
Llatikcuf WA
Oct 3, 2016 - 04:36pm PT
Awful news,
I am pretty sure I climbed with her at Smith Rock in the spring of 2008.

Credit: Hardly Visible

I remember her being a lot of fun to be around.
At the time I met her she worked at Banff and was recovering from frostbitten toes. Can anyone confirm if this is the same Anna?
My heart felt condolences go out to her family and friends.
mountain girl

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
Oct 3, 2016 - 05:12pm PT
Wow!!! How sad. Condolences to family and friends.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Oct 3, 2016 - 05:21pm PT
Hardly Vis,
the article that the OP linked said that she had worked in Banff some years back so the odds are good.

RIP Anna
Condolences to family, friends and tribe.

Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Oct 3, 2016 - 06:30pm PT
Super sad.....a very super sad day for the climbing community..
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Oct 3, 2016 - 06:39pm PT

The Wolf

Trad climber
Martinez, CA
Oct 3, 2016 - 11:07pm PT
I just got a text and learned of this. I am heartbroken. Such a bright light and love of life. I will miss her spirt. I got a text as she was headed to India. It is private but it demonstrated everything we loved about Anna.

Words are gone, emotion fills the void for now. Goddamn it, I don't know what to do with all this now.
Jeff Vargen

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Trad climber
Atlin, B. C.
Oct 4, 2016 - 11:20am PT
What a sad day. I didn't know Anna, but saw her El Cap Bridge video and it breaks your heart to know that such a bright light is gone.

Her partner on the climb, Allison Criscitiello, had recently moved to Atlin, so I expect I'll see her soon.
Ali is not much more than five feet but has more energy per ounce than plutonium. She did Logan this summer. A great person. What a shock for her.

Oct 4, 2016 - 11:44am PT
Really sad. I'm sorry. Its been an awful year for climbers.

Re altitude illness: A bunch of things are possible, but sudden onset of HACE would be the top of the list for me.

There was a guy who died on Shasta a few years back, who got up in the AM, after a bivy close to the summit and seems to be fine, but suddenly collapsed. Weather prevented a rescue and several hours later he died. The autopsy confirmed HACE, so it can come on in a catastrophic fashion. His climbing partner posts here.

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Oct 4, 2016 - 01:58pm PT

My condolences to her Family and Many Friends.

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