Injury or Fatality on Cathedral Peak Yesterday?


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Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 28, 2017 - 11:53am PT
Ryan Dacey was on the SE Butt of Cathedral Peak yesterday. He reported that a big block from higher on the route came off and hit a lady who was following pitch 1.

SAR evaluated her via helicopter. Ryan said she was initially conscious, but was became unresponsive and others performed CPR for a time prior to evac.

Please be careful, everybody!


Sport climber
Aug 28, 2017 - 11:59am PT
Hopefully she's alright.

That peak is loved to death and unfortunately it was only a matter of time till something like that happened.

Quite possibly the biggest cluster f*#k climb in the park.

Aug 28, 2017 - 12:00pm PT
R.I.P. sorry .....

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, California
Aug 28, 2017 - 12:19pm PT
Sad, be careful out there. My condolences to those that lost a loved one and a friend.

Edit; Sorry, should have posted the above here.


Social climber
Aug 28, 2017 - 12:21pm PT
hey there say, sewellymon... :(
very sad to hear this...

condolences and prayers, as family and loved ones,
must go onward, without her... :(

thank you for letting folks know...
sometimes, longtime friends surface later, and they
only LEARN of a loss, by 'on line' shares...

things like this, really do help more than folks know...


Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Aug 28, 2017 - 12:22pm PT
I hope she recovers. It has been a harsh year in the Sierra.
ron gomez

Trad climber
Aug 28, 2017 - 12:32pm PT
I think Werner answered that one Gary.

Mountain climber
Aug 28, 2017 - 01:41pm PT
you have got to be kidding me...

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Aug 28, 2017 - 01:44pm PT
Rest well.

I'm reminded of how delicate block placements can be. Leader skills include rope management to prevent loose stuff from coming down. Or at least try to. Just a reminder, not saying that's what occurred.

Big Wall climber
modesto, ca
Aug 28, 2017 - 02:34pm PT
My partner and I arrived were here just a little after the accident. Such a sad situation. My heart goes out to everyone involved.

It may not be much comfort at the moment, but from my perspective everyone present did everything they could have done to help. Anyone in that situation would be lucky to have such a great group of people around. I just want to offer my support to anyone that needs it, in any way that I can.

Again, Be Safe Out There.

Climb On!


The Good Places
Aug 28, 2017 - 02:46pm PT
peace upon those involved.

we have all seen those blocks, touched them and recoiled. the potentiality of perched beings and blocks is part of why we do what we do. So sorry to hear of this awful outcome and can't help but to wave my misanthropic freak flag in this moment.

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Aug 28, 2017 - 03:01pm PT
Sad, hope the person that dislodged the block knows that they killed her, whatever the circumstance.

The fact is that we don't know why the block cut loose. Sometimes they just go.

Social climber
carmel, ca
Aug 28, 2017 - 03:20pm PT

We should all rethink any post if it might come across as judgmental or assign unfair blame and may exacerbate the feelings of guilt and loss for all involved.

Doubt very, very much that anyone was grossly negligent and we should remember that every party below another assumes the risk of potential rockfall.

No doubt this tragedy was inevitable given enough time, given the forces at work after heavy winters and the nature of the peak and loose blocks etc...but that doesn't make it any less regrettable for anyone.

I for one have nearly killed my partners stepping into sand on a ledge that then displaced a block nearby by the tiniest of nudges that then hung up by the merest margin right over them before it would have rocketed down the corner to them etc. It can happen to anyone, regardless of experience or intent.

I hope this victim of a tragic accident can rest in peace without internet prognosticators filling this thread with unfair recriminations.
Ian Jewell

Aug 28, 2017 - 03:55pm PT
i agree with these posts wholeheartedly.

blocks and choss unfortunately come loose, sometimes despite a climber's best efforts to tread lightly.

i don't even think it seems appropriate to use the phrase "... that they killed her ..."

unless we were there, we have no idea of the circumstances, and if someone did accidentally dislodge a block in this case, they surely must feel awful, and could likely use reassurance rather than judgement.


Trad climber
Santa Cruz, California
Aug 28, 2017 - 03:58pm PT
Judgmental? Try educational.
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Aug 28, 2017 - 04:09pm PT
Clinker, you are not being educational. You don't know what happened.

I'd rather the thread just be taken down, than this judgmental crap.

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Aug 28, 2017 - 04:30pm PT
"Educational?" Nothing is educational about this without some knowledge to of what took place begin with.

This is a terrible thing. Very sad. As a comparison a top notch chef once told me, regarding kitchen safety, that he'd take a cut over a burn any day. I'd take a fall, even a fatal one, over a block any day.

I've seen similar things happen in person. I don't think rock climbing accidents come in a more God-awful manner. Just my opinion.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of the fallen, those on the scene who had to deal with the aftermath, to SAR as always.


Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Aug 28, 2017 - 05:04pm PT
Hi- Wondering if this was a younger woman?

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
Aug 28, 2017 - 05:10pm PT
I read and re-read Clinker's comment.

I have trouble seeing it as "judgmental." I read it as meaning simply what he says: that he hopes that whoever dislodged the block knows what happened. Not because they're "guilty," or "at fault," or "careless" even. I didn't see any words like that.

Whoever knocked it off may not know.

Plainly other people disagree and think that Clinker somehow meant to be judgmental. But aren't those other people reading a lot of things into what he wrote?


I should add too that I wish we never had to see threads like this. Damn for what happened and for everyone involved (including also SAR and climbers nearby).
Ian Jewell

Aug 28, 2017 - 05:21pm PT
i saw the use of the phrase "... that they killed her.." as indicating that he meant to assign blame. Otherwise he could have said "... that the rock they dislodged struck her ..." or "... that she didn't survive ... " , but i guess maybe you could be right , maybe his intention was as you are describing ?
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