Dennis Kemp (RIP)


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Ricardo Carlos

Trad climber
Off center, CO.
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 11, 2007 - 04:03pm PT
One thing that happened being away from climbing for so long is good or bad climbing news did not travel my way.

So I received an email this year that Dennis Kemp Died in Australia a few years ago.
It had to do with climbing but I have not been able to get a clear account of what happened.
Last time I saw him he was all jazzed after doing half dome. We did a number of climbs and I think he was about 56 at the time.
Thanks in advance for any links or information. RS

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san joser
Jun 11, 2007 - 07:10pm PT
A very brief account of what happened to Dennis:

"My friend Dennis Kemp, who had been climbing for over 40 years tied himself to a block at the top of Birdman. The block promptly fell and pulled Dennis after it.

Don't tell me that you are smarter than Dennis was. You may well be a better climber (in terms of grades) but you are unlikely to have his depth of experience. If Dennis can die setting up a belay on easy ground then we are all vulnerable."

Sympathies for the loss of your friend.

Social climber
The West
Jun 11, 2007 - 07:16pm PT
Dennis (mature indivual from Wales?) was a good guy, I tried to hook him up with my mom. Is there a link for the whole story?
Ricardo Carlos

Trad climber
Off center, CO.
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 11, 2007 - 11:44pm PT
Ahhhh sheeeet Thanks Darren
Jay I never met your mom but climbing with Dennis and Julie was an eye opener and left an impression for life. He was so considerate of his partners, safety was paramount. Glad I met him when I was so young.
So So sad

Dennis was one of the real climbers in the making of the movie Eiger Sanction. He told me that while filming fake rocks were booted form above to simulate real rock fall. Unfortunately the soft fake rocks dislodged real rocks and one climber was killed.
So So sad . RS
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