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, Bernadetteís medical bills will be extensive, and Iím 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.

Sep 15, 2018 - 11:56am PT
Bernadette has done SO MUCH for climbing and the climbing community in Joshua Tree. She has dedicated herself to improving relations with NPS, better management of climbing and development, reduction of impacts like social trails... you name it. She has made a real, tangible and lasting difference to climbing in Joshua Tree NP.

I know a lot of people are quick to ask for donations for every little thing. And if she were conscious I know Bernadette would be unbelievably embarrassed about anyone asking for help on her behalf... but she has a long road ahead of her and will need financial help.

This is our time to step up and give back to someone who has given us so much.
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 - 08:54am PT
Her sister Liz posted an update on the fundraiser page this morning:

"Bern is still slowly waking up and is being monitored carefully. She has been surrounded this whole time by people who care for her deeply both friends and family. Iíll try to update when I have something more substantial but, for now, please know how appreciative we are for the love."

Edit: Also, if you are debating contributing, please know:
1. I can personally vouch that the campaign was started by her sister. You can also look at the list of people who have contributed, many of whom you will know, to get a sense of it's legitimacy.
2. No matter how medical expenses are covered (she has insurance) or who has responsibility for what, as most will be aware there are a multitude of expenses that are not covered and the recovery period can be very long, during which it may not be possible to work.
3. From what I have observed, her NPS co-workers are 120% behind her. She is much loved and respected. I trust they, and NPS, will do everything they can to support her.
4. Bernadette is one of the most responsible, frugal people I know. I believe you can trust that if there are any excess funds she doesn't absolutely need, that she will use them to help others in some way, just as she has done her whole life.

And finally... Bernadette is not someone to toot her own horn or bring attention to herself. That may be why many are not aware of the impact she has had on climbing in Joshua Tree. Anybody who climbs there, or on any NPS-managed land for that matter, owes her at least some thanks.

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.
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