J Tree Accident - GoFundMe for Bernadette


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Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 15, 2018 - 10:18am PT
Many of you will know Bernadette Regan, the Climbing Ranger at Joshua Tree. She had a bad climbing accident on Thursday and is in critical condition.

Her sister has started a GoFundMe to help out with medical bills. I don't have any details beyond what was posted on the GoFundMe (pasted below):


On Thursday, September 14, my sister Bernadette Regan, the Joshua Tree Climbing Ranger, had a climbing accident while in the park. While the details are still filtering in, the good news is that Bernadette survived. She is currently in critical condition in Palm Springs, and on Friday underwent surgery to reconstruct her arm and leg. She sustained full body injuries including two skull fractures, although the doctors are initially saying that her head and back are fine. Even with insurance, Bernadette’s medical bills will be extensive, and I’m hoping to help lighten the burden. I know she has touched many lives in our little community. Please help if you can. We will continue to post updates on her status.

Also, I'll be setting up a calendar in the near future for visitors and meals for when she is back home. If you'd like to have access to the calendar, please send me (Liz) an email.
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Sep 15, 2018 - 10:22am PT
Thanks for posting. Sorry to hear this. Sounds like a long fall.

Glad to hear no serious brain or spine injury.

Bernadette is a great person.

Trad climber
Sep 15, 2018 - 11:05am PT
Holy sh**t, bad news. My daughter is busy donating as I write this.

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Sep 15, 2018 - 11:42am PT
Oh my!
Very sorry to hear this.
susan peplow

Joshua Tree, CA
Sep 15, 2018 - 12:19pm PT
Not confirmed but suspect this is the same accident. Skim over the silliness about having water and a cell phone. Hope she heads up quickly.


Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Sep 15, 2018 - 01:26pm PT
Oh no! I only met Bernadette once, when I was among a group of volunteers planting native vegetation and marking out trails over by Double Cross. She's one of those people who leaves a lasting impression.

This is terrible news. Everyone who cares about climbing in Joshua Tree owes her a debt of gratitude.

Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Sep 15, 2018 - 01:36pm PT
Very, very best wishes to this most important part of the Joshua Tree & So Cal climbing community.

Bernadette has always impressed me with her quiet professionalism and high standards for climbers who visit JTNP. She is a very strong woman who will no doubt come roaring back into her life.

Trad climber
Upland, CA
Sep 15, 2018 - 01:45pm PT
Thank you for getting the word out. I'm very sorry to hear this.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Sep 15, 2018 - 06:31pm PT
My heart is heavy. So sorry to hear this. Anyway I can help , let me know.

Social climber
Sep 15, 2018 - 07:38pm PT
hey there, say, all...

all my... :( very sad to hear this...

we will be in her corner, as however we can...

thanks for letting everyone know...
prayers and hopes, for her healing...


Sep 15, 2018 - 08:39pm PT
This is terrible! We all have suffered serious injury.

Sep 15, 2018 - 11:50pm PT
How did your country get so f*#ked up...wow...what a shame

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Sep 16, 2018 - 12:05am PT
How did your country get so f*#ked up...wow...what a shame


I hope Bernadette is a year 'round NPS employee? If so she has good health insurance.

So Oregon
Sep 16, 2018 - 12:19am PT
How did your country get so f*#ked up...

It's a long story. How much time do you have?
In the meantime, please focus on Bernadette.

Trad climber
Sep 16, 2018 - 08:31am PT
Can anyone give a report on her current status?

Sep 16, 2018 - 10:02am PT
Thank you for the information on her condition, Everything that can help Bernadette needs to be done.

Sep 16, 2018 - 07:03pm PT

The Good Places
Sep 16, 2018 - 08:52pm PT
she was not at work when it happened, I take it?

been thinking a ton about this happening and person lately. beaming good kind vibes. best. best. best.

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Sep 16, 2018 - 10:20pm PT
Heal fast!

Sep 16, 2018 - 10:51pm PT
People with totally dissimilar backgrounds and requirements are now found in climbing areas. JT, drawing as it does on LA arguably the most diverse city of all, has to be one of the most diverse we have ever seen. It takes a truly stunning and sunny optimism to take on the task Bernadette set for herself. She can't be viewed simply as a person. She is a phenomenon,
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