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snaps10

Mountain climber
Visalia, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 9, 2009 - 09:48am PT
Anybody here know anyone climbing at Florence Lake this weekend?

KMPH Story
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
Nov 9, 2009 - 09:50am PT
YIKES!

Good luck to whomever it is!

:-(

ox

eKat
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Nov 9, 2009 - 09:51am PT
Good luck to the climbers, storm on the way tonight.




The evil one
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Nov 9, 2009 - 09:51am PT
Crossing fingers over here....
Fletcher

Trad climber
somewhere approaching Ajna
Nov 9, 2009 - 10:12am PT
Thinking the best and pulling for 'em.

Eric
snaps10

Mountain climber
Visalia, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 9, 2009 - 10:20am PT
I imagine it should be fairly easy to locate them. Climbers generally know where they are.
It's been a very busy SAR season for us the past month though.
kev

climber
A pile of dirt.
Nov 9, 2009 - 10:30am PT
Ah sh#t - I think I know who this is. They were climbing the Obelisk this weekend.

Sh#t,

kev
billygoat

climber
cruzville
Nov 9, 2009 - 10:45am PT
Kev, I don't think it's your friends. The Obelisk is approached from Crown Valley trailhead near Wishon.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Nov 9, 2009 - 11:01am PT
There was a story in the Fresno Bee this morning about missing "hikers and climbers" who were expected to return to the Crown Valley trailhead. Although details were different, the similarities are frighteningly eerie. My thoughts and prayers go out to all concerned -- whether one party or two. It's already clouding over, and the outlook for Tuesday and Wednesday is stormy (otherwise, I was hoping to take a day off and do some climbing myself).

John
kev

climber
A pile of dirt.
Nov 9, 2009 - 11:23am PT
Well it sucks no matter what - regardless of who it is.

billygoat

climber
cruzville
Nov 9, 2009 - 11:27am PT
http://www.fresnobee.com/832/story/1703599.html

Sounds like Florence Lake may have been a typo. Hope your friends are okay Kev. And, of course, it sucks no matter who it is.
kev

climber
A pile of dirt.
Nov 9, 2009 - 11:28am PT
Well here's what the Fresno Bee had to say...Scares me since I know someone who was in a party of 3 (2 men and one women). This also sounds like the one I know - I've warned her about back country in the mountains...

9:56 a.m.: Two missing hikers in the John Muir Wilderness were seen by a California Highway Patrol helicopter this morning and a rescue team is en route, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said.

The hikers are near Obelisk Mountain, southeast of Wishon Reservoir at the Crown Valley Trailhead at an elevation of about 10,000 feet, sheriff's spokesman Chris Curtice said. The helicopter was unable to land in the rugged terrain and it will take a ground team six to seven hours to reach them, he added.

The two hikers were part of a group of three. One of them, a woman, was injured; a fellow hiker stayed with her while the third left to seek help.

The helicopter crew said the woman and another person were at the Obelisk site. The hikers were not equipped for cold weather, according to the sheriff's office.

The Fresno County search and rescue team is looking for two hikers near Wishon Reservoir.

The hikers are believed to be near the Crown Valley trailhead, about 10,000 feet in elevation. One of the hikers, a woman, was injured while a group of three subjects was hiking and climbing.

The hikers were not equipped for the cold weather, according to the sheriff’s department.

One of the three hikers left the others to contact help and the sheriff’s department activated a search and rescue.
snaps10

Mountain climber
Visalia, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 9, 2009 - 11:41am PT
Awesome. I didn't get a standby page, so I kinda figured they were found. Hope everyone's ok. Something is getting reported wierd here though. Who would do a 6-7 hr approach and climb in one day?
billygoat

climber
cruzville
Nov 9, 2009 - 11:45am PT
Snaps,

That's exactly what I was thinking. That's a huge approach, not just length wise, but it's a lot of rolling hill up and down. I've never heard of it being anything but a backpack trip. Maybe they packed in, left all the cold weather clothes at basecamp, got hurt climbing or en route, and were then stranded without warm clothes.
kev

climber
A pile of dirt.
Nov 9, 2009 - 11:46am PT
Um if it's who I think they were hiking in one day, climbing the next and hiking out the same day. Anyhow, hopefully they're ok.

rhyang

climber
SJC
Nov 9, 2009 - 11:49am PT
Thinking positive thoughts for your friends ..
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Nov 9, 2009 - 11:54am PT
Sorry, kev, if this is accurate (it sounds definite):
--

11:28 a.m.: A woman injured while rock climbing in the John Muir Wilderness is dead, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said today.

The 36-year-old woman, who has not been identified, died while climbing with two others on Obelisk Mountain, southeast of Wishon Reservoir, sheriff's spokesman Chris Curtice said.

A search and rescue team reached the area just before 11 a.m. Two other climbers with the woman were able to get to her after she fell Sunday. One person stayed with her while the second hiked out for help. The sheriff's office learned about the fall just before 8 p.m. Sunday and a search team was sent out a short time later. A California Highway Patrol helicopter spotted the two people near the 9,700-foot mountain this morning but was unable to land in the rugged terrain, so a ground team hiked in. The team is bringing out the second person hiker and the woman's body.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Nov 9, 2009 - 11:55am PT
My nephew is a Fresno County sheriff who patrols in the mountains. I'll try to get details from him and report back as soon as I can. very sad news.

John
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 9, 2009 - 12:04pm PT
Very sorry to hear this.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 9, 2009 - 12:22pm PT
Aw, man. That's terrible...
Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
Nov 9, 2009 - 12:25pm PT
Bad news.

Sorry if that was your friends Kev. :(

Seems kind of late season for the Obelisk dontcha think?
kev

climber
A pile of dirt.
Nov 9, 2009 - 12:28pm PT
Blue,

Get a hold of me - you know her.

kev
Port

Trad climber
San Diego
Nov 9, 2009 - 12:33pm PT
Sounds like its true.
Injured hiker dies in Sierra while awaiting help

The Associated Press
Posted: 11/09/2009 11:59:18 AM PST
Updated: 11/09/2009 11:59:19 AM PST

FRESNO, Calif.—Authorities say a 36-year-old woman who was injured while rock climbing in the eastern Sierra died before rescuers could get to her.
The woman was climbing Obelisk Mountain in the John Muir Wilderness with two friends when she fell Sunday. One friend stayed with her, while the other went for help.
Fresno County sheriff's officials received the call at 8 p.m. and launched the search at daybreak. Officials say the climbers weren't equipped for the cold weather overnight.
A California Highway Patrol helicopter spotted the pair early Monday morning, but couldn't get to them because of the rugged terrain. Sheriff's officials had to send a ground team to hike nearly seven hours.
The team is now working to recover the body and help the friend off the mountain.
The woman's name has not been released.
kev

climber
A pile of dirt.
Nov 9, 2009 - 12:53pm PT
It was my friend - sadly confirmed. I see no need to post anything more until official stuff comes out and others are notified.

This sucks
Fletcher

Trad climber
somewhere approaching Ajna
Nov 9, 2009 - 12:54pm PT
I am so sorry.

Eric
susu

Trad climber
East Bay, CA
Nov 9, 2009 - 12:56pm PT
It's confirmed. The county coroner's office confirmed who it is. I'm so sorry to hear it. She was a sweetheart. The little bit of information I could stand to hear about it, of the little information that was given, sounds like a freak accident. I'm not going to be the bearer of details. Just ask that whoever posts please hold back negative judgmental commentary. If you knew her, you would have only held her in high regard, too. Deepest condolences to her family and friends.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 9, 2009 - 01:00pm PT
I tried to call her Saturday to go climbing.

Sorry, kev.

This is horrible.
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Nov 9, 2009 - 01:03pm PT
My sympathies to her family, friends, kev, bluey and susu. But, let's get the real details and maybe learn something, just like Woody.



Jeff
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Nov 9, 2009 - 01:08pm PT
terribly sorry guys

C-dog

Trad climber
Bay Area
Nov 9, 2009 - 01:09pm PT
If it's who I think, I can only burst a tear for her right now.
She was one of the greats, and I can't believe it.
Much love for her.
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Nov 9, 2009 - 01:10pm PT
So sorry Kev, Blu, and Susu.
My sincere condolences to all of you and her family.

The rough year that wouldn't end for climbers....
scuffy b

climber
Whuttiz that Monstrosicos Inferno?
Nov 9, 2009 - 01:17pm PT
Oh, I'm really sorry to hear this.
You seem to be a really good group,
take care of each other now.
cleo

Social climber
Berkeley, CA
Nov 9, 2009 - 01:21pm PT
My heart goes out to the friends and family of this woman. Sounds like she was part of our community.

-Val
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Nov 9, 2009 - 01:23pm PT
My condolences to all who knew her.

John
rhyang

climber
SJC
Nov 9, 2009 - 01:33pm PT
I'm sad to hear this. RIP :(
C-dog

Trad climber
the land of the machine elves
Nov 9, 2009 - 02:02pm PT
Just a little more. I have known some sweet people in my day,
and she is at the top of my list. So many interactions, so many
times she saw humor, knew how to act, always gentle, never an
unkind word, always a rock-steady climbing partner. Goodbyes
seem to never get easier, and seeing her smiling face right
now is hard. I will never forget you.
Barcus

Social climber
San Luis Obispo, Ca.
Nov 9, 2009 - 02:21pm PT
Guy's I'm sorry for the loss.
C-dog i'll call tonight.
The love is strong.
Marcus
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
Nov 9, 2009 - 02:55pm PT
OH!

:-(

eKat
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Nov 9, 2009 - 03:08pm PT
My sympathy to all of her friends and family.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 9, 2009 - 03:09pm PT
Sorry, Kev, Blue, everyone. Will this horrible season never end?
ec

climber
ca
Nov 9, 2009 - 03:22pm PT
withdrawn, sorry...
C-dog

Trad climber
... from the land of the machine elves
Nov 9, 2009 - 03:38pm PT
She was planning on joining us in Jtree for Tx this year, and was counted in the number I relayed on Lynne's thread. She was a fan of Spiderman, Cherry Bomb, and some others. Those who have grunted their way through the final OW section of that 10A in Conan's Corridor can imagine my mid-life angst at seeing her lithe frame float up it like it wasn't even there. Oh, and I never understood Japanese Plum wine until she handed me a swig on a late eve at the foot of the Water Cracks in TM. Those who knew her, come find us. We will at least do a climb in her honor.
kev

climber
A pile of dirt.
Nov 9, 2009 - 03:53pm PT
ec and cragman,

thanks

kev
photonez

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Nov 9, 2009 - 03:55pm PT
I shocked and sad. She will be missed...

Ez
C-dog

Trad climber
... from the land of the machine elves
Nov 9, 2009 - 04:06pm PT
"Our days are too short to not let our feelings known to those we care for."

Amen, Cragman. Thanks.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Nov 9, 2009 - 04:22pm PT
Sad story. Condolences to all. :(
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 9, 2009 - 04:23pm PT
The more I ponder this, the sadder it makes me. She was a super-spunky gal. She was always stoked to climb with me, loved to party (IHCC member), was always a member of our climbing trips. Some of you may remember her from Facelift 2008.

We suffered a big blow in this community. Our tribe suffers today.

Last week she came by the house and had beers with us and played with my son, talked about Jtree this coming thanksgiving. We need to have a memorial this year during the trip.

This really sucks. If I know her though, she would insist we have a good time. Maybe drink some plum wine in tribute.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 9, 2009 - 04:36pm PT
hey there, say, Kev, Bluering, and Susu, and c-dog, and so many others...

oh my... i started near ready to have joy, when i read that they had found these folks... now, i have learned what you all already knew... :(

my deep condolences to you all, in the loss of your friend... and in the awful way everyone had to find out... :(

love to all you folks... :(
so very very sorry....

*i too, love japanese plum wine--and now, if i ever get a chance for some agains, i will have hard sad feelings, for all my friends here... :(

god bless at this very hard time...
cleo

Social climber
Berkeley, CA
Nov 9, 2009 - 04:41pm PT
Hey guys...

I'm very sorry to hear you lost a friend. I don't think I knew her, but I'm sitting here worried and racking my brain for all my climbing gal pal friends who I haven't seen in a bit, and wondering if I might have shared a rope with her at some point in the past.

At the very least, it sounds like I would have liked her.

-Val
Barcus

Social climber
San Luis Obispo, Ca.
Nov 9, 2009 - 04:47pm PT
C-dog, blue, have i spent several J-tree thankgivings with this person?!?
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 9, 2009 - 04:49pm PT
You would have liked her, Val, and she would have totally liked you. I guarantee.
eKat

Trad climber
BITD2
Nov 9, 2009 - 04:54pm PT
The nicest thing you can tell a friend, about a friend, is that they would like your friend!

Sharing friends ranks up there with one of the greatest gifts mankind can give!

I love you guys!

I am SO sorry for our loss.

We are smart

We are nice

We love each other!

Be smart

Be nice

LOVE EACH OTHER!

ox

eKat
C-dog

Trad climber
... from the land of the machine elves
Nov 9, 2009 - 05:08pm PT
Barcus;

Yes.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 9, 2009 - 05:18pm PT
Oh Man... I'm getting a feeling....
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 9, 2009 - 05:21pm PT
hey there, say, dear jaybro... not sure what that feeling will turn out to be but, may the love and grace of the good lord get you through this...

god bless...
billygoat

climber
cruzville
Nov 9, 2009 - 05:26pm PT
Just got home from work, and saw this thread took a turn for the worse. My condolences to all friends and family of this person for your loss. I so wish this had turned out differently.
10b4me

Ice climber
the reticient boulder at the Happies
Nov 9, 2009 - 06:05pm PT
my condolences to her friends, and family.
this has been a very tough year for climbers, but fortunately it will be over soon.
Ray Olson

Trad climber
Imperial Beach, California
Nov 9, 2009 - 06:09pm PT
most sincere condolances,
very very sorry about this.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Nov 9, 2009 - 06:18pm PT
I was just thinking this morning after reading the last article by Johnny Copp and Michah Dash that it sure would be nice to have a missing climber report turn out on a positive note. This really is horrible to read.

I will be praying for her friends and family.
JOEY.F

Social climber
sebastopol
Nov 9, 2009 - 06:20pm PT
Condolences to her family and friends, so sad.
Maybe someone, when the time is right, could post a pic of your friend.
splitclimber

climber
Sonoma County
Nov 9, 2009 - 06:43pm PT
deepest condolences. she sounds like a beautiful life moved on in beautiful mountains
Barcus

Social climber
San Luis Obispo, Ca.
Nov 9, 2009 - 06:48pm PT
We will celebrate her life this thanksgiving.
The Jtree is the perfect place to share the love.
See you soon.
Marcus
t*r

Trad climber
high in the sky with the clouds and snow
Nov 9, 2009 - 06:57pm PT
so, so, sorry that your friend died guys. sending love and prayers on the wind..

<3
Redwreck

Social climber
Echo Parque, Los Angeles, CA
Nov 9, 2009 - 07:03pm PT
So sad. My condolences to all who knew and loved her.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 9, 2009 - 07:04pm PT
News link?
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Nov 9, 2009 - 07:06pm PT
This is terrible. This has been a bad year. Condolences to all of her friends and family.
C-dog

Trad climber
... from the land of the machine elves
Nov 9, 2009 - 07:31pm PT
Class act. I don't know a lot of you ... Now I am starting to. Thanks everybody so much for the kind words to all of us. I hope to meet you all some day:
"Out there"
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 9, 2009 - 07:34pm PT
I just talked to her good friends....lots of tears. Wendy, her friend, was as pissed and saddened as I was. It's hard to not be pissed off in a climbing accident. We just don't know enough yet though.

I'm really disappointed. I loved this gal, she belayed me many times!!!! She was one of my steady, true partners.

Her death is devastating. Rest in peace, girl.

I don't think many of you realize the jewel you lost.....She was a prize that even I took for granted. Never again....
Ezra

Social climber
WA, NC, Idaho Falls
Nov 9, 2009 - 07:41pm PT
I'm so sorry bluering, it sucks loosing those you care about.
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Nov 9, 2009 - 07:49pm PT
Bluering and other friends of the young woman-

I am so sorry for your loss.

As one who's been through it, I can say that anger is definitely one of the stages you have to go through and that it's helpful in getting to the other ways of dealing with it. Being climbers, we want to know the details, and somehow analyzing what went wrong in minute detail also helps us. Assessing personal blame doesn't, but understanding the mechanism of failure does.

Finally one reaches the point where it is all just a tragedy that one has to live with, a waste of talent, of youth and potential. Beyond that is the knowledge that we all face that same passage some day and the great mystery of this life and its end. Having faced it with someone near, we then hopefully make the most of whatever time each of us has, each in our own way.

We also never try to forget the person who died nor pretend it didn't happen. I have seen first hand the ill effects of that approach. In time we may even come to think that the person who has passed on is actually not that far away, and to think of them as still being with us in some dimension. In time we honor them for their effect on our lives and that replaces our sense of loss. Of course reaching this point often takes many years.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 9, 2009 - 07:57pm PT
I'm so sorry for all of you who are her
friends.

My sincere condolences to her family and you all.
Porkchop_express

Trad climber
Currently in San Diego
Nov 9, 2009 - 08:00pm PT
I am very sorry for the loss of this woman who was very obviously well loved and appreciated. She had to be a pretty special person. While I did not know her, I empathize with your sorrow. Those left to grieve will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Mason

Trad climber
Yay Area
Nov 9, 2009 - 08:19pm PT
Blue and friends,

I just read about this. Very sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts go out to her friends and family.

I hadn't met her, had I? Very sad news.

Edris
kev

climber
A pile of dirt.
Nov 9, 2009 - 08:26pm PT
Jan,

I want to understand the mechanism of what happened hopeing there is no one to blame. The LAST thing I want is blame. Hopefully this is not the case.

I just want to wake up tomorrow a few days before tomorrow.

kev
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 9, 2009 - 08:28pm PT
My buddies are toasting her tonight in memoriam.

Rest in peace girlfriend!!!!!!!! I loved ya! God bless!
Omot

Trad climber
The here and now
Nov 9, 2009 - 08:38pm PT
Damn! I'm very sorry to hear of this terrible news. Condolences to friends and family.

Tomo
snaps10

Mountain climber
Visalia, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 9, 2009 - 08:52pm PT
I've been standoffish to contact any climber friends, because really, I don't know if I want to find out if I knew her yet. It's been a year that's really challenged me as a climber, and have really had to rethink my motives and drive for climbing.
I've actually ignored two calls from climbers, and have purposely not checked the news. Not tonight.
I'm toasting her tonight too. Unfortunately one glass too many has been raised at Brewbaker's this year.
Climb on friends.
One Foot In Front Of The Other.
C-dog

Trad climber
... from the land of the machine elves
Nov 9, 2009 - 09:09pm PT
I'm with Kev;
Details of any climbing accident are
important, esp. if we Super Taco folk
can learn from it.
nita

Social climber
chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Nov 9, 2009 - 09:49pm PT
I'm so sorry you guys... I remember her from the 2008 facelift.. sweet woman.
Sincere condolences to her friends and family.

Strength in Numbers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRcVo93boSQ
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Nov 9, 2009 - 09:57pm PT
Kev-

Each person grieves in their own way; there is no one way to do it.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
Will know soon
Nov 9, 2009 - 10:10pm PT
Crying now.....just read this Thread tonight. Lost time on ST cause I was confronting another close death this weekend. Bluering, kev......was this the sweet gal from last Thanksgiving at JTree campfire ? But no matter ....whoever... It breaks my heart for all the ones that loved and cared for her since she graced her presence on this planet.

God help us ..... as we try to process all the deaths around this entire globe.....alpine, peak, rock.....
Daphne

Trad climber
Mill Valley, CA
Nov 9, 2009 - 10:24pm PT
I'm so very sorry for this loss and for the heartache of all who are grieving her. I am praying for everyone as each new loss makes us all remember all the losses of this terrible year.
yosguns

climber
Durham, NC
Nov 9, 2009 - 11:19pm PT
Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with you. Love and Peace.
Delhi Dog

Trad climber
Good Question...
Nov 10, 2009 - 03:39am PT
Geez guys I'm really sorry to hear this and for your loss.
Cragman has some fine words which were shared-thanks.

Hoping you all keep her energy alive and in your hearts.
Best wishes to all family and friends.

DD
guyman

Trad climber
Moorpark, CA.
Nov 10, 2009 - 07:10am PT
My condolences to all.

Sad

R.I.P.
mrtropy

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Nov 10, 2009 - 07:29am PT
So sad to hear this, my heart goes out to all involved.

Jeff
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 10, 2009 - 08:34am PT
If anyone objects, I'll take these pics down. I'm getting a lot of mail from people who want to know who she was.

This was our friend...


Rest in peace...

micronut

Trad climber
fresno, ca
Nov 10, 2009 - 08:39am PT
To Blue, Kev, Snap, Barcus and all those here that knew her, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. There are no perfect words at times like these. I hope her memory burns brightly for a long time in the hearts and mind of all who knew here. When the time is right I hope we have the opportunity to learn of her identity and perhaps some details on what went wrong. Be strong.
Scott
micronut

Trad climber
fresno, ca
Nov 10, 2009 - 08:45am PT
A few Psalms to comfort:
Regardless of your religion, these Psalms have comforted mourners for thousands of years. May they bring some peace in this dark time for those involved.

PSALM 27
For in the day of trouble
He will keep me safe in His dwelling;
He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle
and set me high upon a rock.

PSALM 139
O Lord, You have searched me
and You know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
You perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
You are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue,
You know it completely, O Lord.
You hem me in - behind and before;
You have laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me.
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Trad climber
San Francisco, Ca
Nov 10, 2009 - 09:22am PT
Blue/Barcus/photo/everyone else..

I'm sorry for the loss of your friend.
runner

Sport climber
Nov 10, 2009 - 09:27am PT
Words cannot be expressed for this and many terrible accidents that have taken loved ones from our lives. My sincere condolences to all who knew her. But let's keep in our prayers her climbing partners on that day. Trying to get help and staying with her is a pain that will live with them forever. I keep you all in my prayers. Keep climbing with the passion of life, but remember each other with the same passion of love. We are all in this together and that is how we will always remain strong and safely on belay.
susu

Trad climber
East Bay, CA
Nov 10, 2009 - 09:37am PT
Yeah, been feeling pissed-off between helpless and heartbroken. Though I only met her this summer, I had high hopes to camp and climb with her more and get to know her better. Already counted her a friend. The very last thing she told me was, "that's what friends are for!"

She was so easy going. Someone described her as gentle, that's for sure. Add to that smart, kind, open-minded, open-hearted. It was clear she was full of passion for getting out to the Sierra as she did every weekend to hike or climb. Never wasted a moment. Lithe and scrappy, with a great attitude and appetite to do all kinds of climbing, she was a natural. Had the willingness to step up to the plate, with open caution about her possible limits. Never one to complain. She laughed easily and a lot. Asked if she wanted to climb something, her whole tiny body nodded yes with the rapid nod of her head and huge sudden smile. Just hiking along, though generally quiet, out of no where she would call out loud and strong in this booming voice, you'd for a second not be sure where it came from, then realize it was Ishun just spreading the happiness for being there.

The ST outpouring of appreciation for her helps, and hopefully helps those closest to her. Unimaginable loss. She was a treasure to be sure and will be missed.

rhyang

climber
SJC
Nov 10, 2009 - 09:51am PT
oh NO!!!

Could she be the IC in this pic ??



Alimony Crack, south flank of DAFF, 30-Aug-2009

Chatted a bit that day and traded some emails .. I sure hope this isn't her.
rhyang

climber
SJC
Nov 10, 2009 - 09:54am PT
:( :(

I never even knew her, and am in tears :(

She seemed so enthusiastic .. so happy and cheerful :(
Redwreck

Social climber
Echo Parque, Los Angeles, CA
Nov 10, 2009 - 09:59am PT
Losses like this diminish us all, but also present the opportunity to celebrate a life brightly lived.
tinker b

climber
the commonwealth
Nov 10, 2009 - 10:02am PT
erie that the date of the photo above is the day that i was dealing with my partner jeff maurer's death a few miles away on the third pillar.
and here i am reading this all. i am so sad. reading this forum my heart goes out to this woman...i am also 36 and am sure we have much in common, and to her partners. it is a rough card to be dealt. i've been traveling through this grief for the past two months and it is no easy path. the one thing i wish i could convey to you, which has taken me all this time to get to, is it is not your fault...
but we all process this differently. my hope is for graceful healing to you all. many prayers to you and everyone involved. i am so sorry.
love,
jo-lynne
C-dog

Trad climber
... from the land of the machine elves
Nov 10, 2009 - 10:04am PT
On Summit Blocks, Bishop's Peak, San Luis Obispo, circa 2005
On Summit Blocks, Bishop's Peak, San Luis Obispo, circa 2005
Credit: C-dog

Fluoride

Trad climber
Hollywood, CA
Nov 10, 2009 - 10:12am PT
Sorry for another loss, especially to those who knew and loved her.


This has been a particularly rough year for our community.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 10, 2009 - 10:26am PT
This has been a particularly rough year for our community.

Yes it has been, and the year before too.

I was sadly following this thread, unfolding almost in real time, and feeling once
again how the internet has widened my exposure to strangers' joy and sorrow.

Deepest condolences to the many who knew and loved this young woman.
Nate D

climber
San Francisco
Nov 10, 2009 - 10:34am PT
so sorry all.
As an obvious kindred soul, may her enthusiasm live on in your/our hearts.
sullly

Trad climber
CA
Nov 10, 2009 - 10:38am PT
Was it the fall or hypothermia that ended her life? (I'll delete if this is disrespectful.)
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Nov 10, 2009 - 10:39am PT
Charming Dawn and I first met Ishun at the 2008 Facelift and were privileged to rope up with her and the posse for a few short climbs -

Bluey and Ishun 2008
Bluey and Ishun 2008
Credit: Ricky D

Our heartfelt condolences to all of her close friends.

Rick and Dawn :(
susu

Trad climber
East Bay, CA
Nov 10, 2009 - 10:47am PT
Not sure of all the details yet. There were conflicting reports yesterday.
Am sure the climbers who were with her are reeling.
C-dog

Trad climber
... from the land of the machine elves
Nov 10, 2009 - 11:04am PT
susu: I just read your kind words above. Thank you. It's really nice to hear that you appreciate her in some of the ways the rest of us do.

 Clark
snaps10

Mountain climber
Visalia, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 10, 2009 - 11:05am PT
Damn, I had met her, she struck me as an outstanding individual.
susu

Trad climber
East Bay, CA
Nov 10, 2009 - 11:44am PT
Thanks Clark. Very much appreciate your words and photos and others' too.
Barcus

Social climber
San Luis Obispo, Ca.
Nov 10, 2009 - 12:14pm PT
Clark, stoked you've still got those shots.
I was thinking about that day last night, I lost them when my laptop crashed.
can you post a couple more?
We will celebrate her life with mass quantities of plumb wine around the campfire this thanksgiving.....
Marcus
C-dog

Trad climber
... from the land of the machine elves
Nov 10, 2009 - 12:39pm PT
Barcus; I only have two more here at the office:

Here she is belaying a friend on "Sixty seconds over Soledad,"  a 5.6 ...
Here she is belaying a friend on "Sixty seconds over Soledad," a 5.6 gasher lava crack on Bishop's Peak, San Luis Obispo, CA (2005 also)
Credit: C-dog

-and-

She's the one stepping over the cable, <br/>
headed for a fine day of clim...
She's the one stepping over the cable,
headed for a fine day of climbing in
Wonderland. (2006)
Credit: C-dog
Blinky

Trad climber
Nov 10, 2009 - 12:55pm PT
This thread has been really tough to follow. I don't know the people involved or most any of you here... but somehow I do feel the loss.

I wish you all peace and enough good memories of her to overwhelm the grief. It really has been a bad couple of years.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Nov 10, 2009 - 01:10pm PT
Condolences to family and friends.
BoKu

Trad climber
Douglas Flat, CA
Nov 10, 2009 - 01:14pm PT
I climbed Royal Arches with her back in October. She was just fabulous to climb with; skilled, enthusiastic, easygoing, and just plain fun to be around. Swinging leads on RA with her was such a fine day of climbing. I was really looking forward to climbing with her again. I will truly miss her.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Nov 10, 2009 - 01:50pm PT
Saying prayers of comfort for the partners that were with her during this tragedy. Please accept the support of the climbing community during this emotionally ragged time.
runner

Sport climber
Nov 10, 2009 - 02:01pm PT
Well said Batrock, I agree, as a community of brothers and sisters, we must all keep her climbing partners in our prayers. Peace.
wendyyang

Mountain climber
Santa Clara
Nov 10, 2009 - 02:36pm PT
more pictures for us to memorize her

Credit: wendyyang

Credit: wendyyang
ferrous

Sport climber
hayward
Nov 10, 2009 - 03:11pm PT
I have known Ishun for more than three years. She climbs at our gym in Fremont. We used to grab a couple of beers together after climbing. She was an awesome girl who lived life to the fullest. She loved being one with nature. I truly will miss her. May you rest in peace my sweet Ishun.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 10, 2009 - 03:46pm PT
hey there all, say, thank you so very kindly for letting us know who this sweet gal was....

once again, deep condolences to her family and friends...

thank you for sharing her wonderful smile and her wonderful life...
god bless as you go through this awful sad time...
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Nov 10, 2009 - 04:21pm PT
Sorry to hear of the loss of this young lady. She was obviously well loved and a good partner and a joy to be around based on everyones responses.
SeanYang

Mountain climber
Portland, Oregon
Nov 10, 2009 - 04:26pm PT
My name is Sean and I am Ishun's husband. Her family and I want to thank you all for your kind words and prayers, as well as the extraordinary effort her climbing partners and S&R workers extended to try to save her and to recovery her body. Ishun (IC) was always happy when she was climbing, and she is beloved by all of her friends. This was a shocking and sorry moment for all of us, and no language can express our hurt and anguish of losing her.

Ishun was a strong-willed but cautious climber as well as mountaineer. I spoke with the investigator at the Sheriff's office and one of Ishun's climbing partners on this trip about the accident. Ishun's death appears to be a freak accident. Ishun was traversing on a steep slab on the third pitch (?) of the south face route on Obelisk, protected by some pros, and took a swing fall. For some reason, the trigger of one of the cams attached to her gear sling (the cam not in use at this moment) caught a nob on the way down, and stopped her fall. Sadly, the force pulled the shoulder sling and strangled her. There was little her partners can do and the accident site was remote. The investigator indicated she probably lost her consciousness instantaneously.

This account should probably answer most of your questions. If you still would like to know more details and address some questions, I sincerely hope that you message me or wait for the official report.

Be safe and climb on. Although there is unspeakable sorrow for me and probably everyone knows her, I believe there are mountains and rocks for Ishun to climb in the heaven, her smile resounding in every starry night and in our memory.

Sean
Barcus

Social climber
San Luis Obispo, Ca.
Nov 10, 2009 - 04:30pm PT
Sean,
words will never say enough, please feel all of our love.
Marcus
Srbphoto

Trad climber
Kennewick wa
Nov 10, 2009 - 04:31pm PT
God Bless you and your's Sean.
micronut

Trad climber
fresno, ca
Nov 10, 2009 - 04:32pm PT
Sean, thank you for taking the time to consider the climbing community and compose such a thoughtful message. We are deeply saddened by your loss and hope that during this difficult time you find strength in friends, faith and the loved ones around you. Thank you again and may you and your family have time to mourn, celebrate her life and deal with your loss in as healthy and complete of a way as possible.
Scott
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 10, 2009 - 04:33pm PT
Sean, thanks for the report. All of your old friends here feel the pain too.

Ishun was a sweetheart and we will miss her.

Ishun at Facelift 2008 entertaining some of the kids there.

C-dog

Trad climber
... from the land of the machine elves
Nov 10, 2009 - 04:42pm PT
Sean, really nice to read your post, and to hear from you. I hope your time here in CA is gentle on you, and that the next several days are kind. If there is anything I can do, (need a place to crash?) please don't hesitate to call.
 Clark
Barbarian

Trad climber
slowly dying in the OC
Nov 10, 2009 - 04:44pm PT
Sean,
I am so sorry for your loss. I only met her once, and knew right away that she had a special light about her. Thank you for taking the time to post here. All here that knew her will miss her, but your loss is even greater.
I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Scott
Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
Nov 10, 2009 - 04:49pm PT
Sean,

I am so sorry for your loss. Words alone cannot convey the sadness the community feels when a member of the tribe is lost due to tragedy. I don't believe I ever met your wife but she is obviously a valued partner to many here on S.T.


I am aware of a similar accident happening in Eldorado Canyon about 4 years ago to a man named Angus. He too, fell on a traverse & a piece of gear( medium Hexcentric) on his gear sling, caught on a nubbin of rock at the end of his pendulum arc & his neck was either broken or he strangled to death before his partner could get to him. I never thought something like this could happen again but it has sadly. I may have to reconsider the use of gear slings around the neck when leading.

Once again, my deepest condolences.

Bill Leventhal
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Nov 10, 2009 - 05:08pm PT
Sean,

Like many here, I have only spent a few minutes with Ishun, but she struck me as being a very warm and caring person. You and your family have all of my best wishes.


Jeff
klk

Trad climber
cali
Nov 10, 2009 - 05:16pm PT
this thread has been tough to read.

condolences to friends and family.
runner

Sport climber
Nov 10, 2009 - 05:32pm PT
Sean, our deepest condolences to you and your family at the loss of such a beautiful spirit that will forever live in your heart and in the heart of all those that knew her. Peace to you and your family, words can never express our sorrow for your tremendous loss.
Redwreck

Social climber
Echo Parque, Los Angeles, CA
Nov 10, 2009 - 05:40pm PT
Sean, I'm so sorry for your loss.
charley

Trad climber
nw pa.
Nov 10, 2009 - 06:06pm PT
Sean and others, I will say, I am so sorry for your loss, but words are so inadaquate.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 10, 2009 - 06:15pm PT
hey there sean, say....

you and your love for your dear wife, will never be forgotten...

we know this was terribly hard to post and share, and you did not have to do this, but when folks love someone like your wife, they really do want to understand what it was that took their friend away from them...

i know i have already said this, but god bless you at this
very very awful and sad time in your life...
my prayers for you and her family and friends, as you face the future without her...



Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 10, 2009 - 06:26pm PT
Condolences Sean, we're with you.
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Nov 10, 2009 - 06:40pm PT
Sean, I'm so sorry this happened! You're obviously a very strong and thoughtful person. This is a terrible time for all concerned and you're no doubt in a state of shock at the moment. Since I've been through a similar loss myself, if it helps, feel free to contact me any time now and into the future.
photonez

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Nov 10, 2009 - 06:53pm PT
Sean, thank you for sharing with us. I'll keep Ishun, you, and your family in my thoughts.

Ezra
Fletcher

Trad climber
somewhere approaching Ajna
Nov 10, 2009 - 06:59pm PT
I'm so sorry Sean... it's obvious Ishun was a real shining light. We are here if you need us. The support runs very deep here.

Peace,
Eric
locker

Social climber
Joshua Tree Ca
Nov 10, 2009 - 07:02pm PT
My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Ishun...

johnboy

Trad climber
Can't get here from there
Nov 10, 2009 - 07:04pm PT
Peace and strength be with you Sean. Draw on the love and thoughts that surrounds you and your family.

My most sincere condolences to all that knew her.
JOEY.F

Social climber
sebastopol
Nov 10, 2009 - 07:21pm PT
Thank You for the photos,
I do remember her friendly face from Facelift 08.
She seemed like a real sweet soul.
My heart goes out to her loved ones.
Joe
oranguKen

Trad climber
Bay Area
Nov 10, 2009 - 08:18pm PT
Hi All,
I have been a lurker at what you folks call the taco for years but never logged on. But some things are too important so here is my first contribution.

I’m an old friend and climbing partner of C-Dog, Bluering, Barcus, and of course, Ishun. I have known and climbed with Ishun for many years.
She was a great climber, always generous, always kind. We laughed together often.

Thanks you all for the heartfelt words and sentiments.

She was, and will always be, a beautiful person.

~oK


Credit: oranguKen

roy

Social climber
New Zealand -> Santa Barbara
Nov 10, 2009 - 09:32pm PT
My sincere condolences to Sean and Ishun's friends. This is tragic news about someone who was very much a part of the climbing community.

Roy
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 10, 2009 - 09:33pm PT
Nice, Kenny.

I know you loved Ishun as we all did. J-tree and so many other trips will be devoid without her. She was like a go-to person you called when planning a trip.

Hopefully, in her absence, she will watch over us as we toast her in J-tree this year. F*#k, she was so stoked on going there this year.

All her friends knew this. Sean, if you wanna join us in Jtree, you're absolutely welcome. It would be cool if you did. Just stay in camp this time!!!!

you should join us!!!!

jia

Gym climber
san jose, ca
Nov 10, 2009 - 09:59pm PT
Hope you have fun there. <br/>
photo credit: songyuan
Hope you have fun there.
photo credit: songyuan
Credit: jia
We will meet up there some day and climb together again.
We will meet up there some day and climb together again.
Credit: jia
As a climbing friend and co-worker, I was shocked to hear it yesterday morning.

Every ppl has that day and you went first. I believe you will find fun up there and we sure will climb together again some day.

Jia
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 10, 2009 - 10:12pm PT
Nice post, jia, it's good to see her friends post here.

Thanks!
em knot

Trad climber
isle of wyde
Nov 11, 2009 - 12:08am PT
Sean,

My heart goes out to you in the loss of your soulmate and wife. It's clear what a wonderful and joyful person she was. I hope you can keep her joy in a special place in your heart. Life is so precious. Those we love change us forever.

Namaste,
Em
Iron Mtn.

Trad climber
Corona, Ca.
Nov 11, 2009 - 02:02am PT
Bad year...RIP in the crags of Heaven :-(
labrat

Trad climber
Nevada City, CA
Nov 11, 2009 - 10:17am PT
Sorry for the loss :( Good thoughts going out to husband, family, and friends.
Erik
seteeet

climber
Nov 11, 2009 - 10:22am PT
I climbed with Ishun, Bluering and Photonez once. There was a picture taken of all of us goofing around holding beer cans. Ishun was hamming it up and she had a big smile on her face. I remembered her as cheerful, energetic, and funny, and she loved climbing. She really had a good spirit about her. Her personality and energy were so positive that she affected those around her -- like her spirit was contagious. I barely knew her, but I am saddened and feel the loss, as we all do here. I feel grateful that she graced my life for that one day. I hope we can all hold her spirit and affect others in our lives positively and with love as Cragman posted earlier.

Peace to her loved ones and friends, -D
photonez

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Nov 11, 2009 - 10:28am PT
Credit: photonez
Credit: photonez
Credit: photonez

Here is a couple of great memories.

Ez

IHCC
C-dog

Trad climber
... from the land of the machine elves
Nov 11, 2009 - 10:47am PT
Ezra, Ken, & everybody... Thanks a lot.

Here she is, doing what she loves:

Ishun on "Spiderman" 10A Conan's Corridor, Joshua Tree
Ishun on "Spiderman" 10A Conan's Corridor, Joshua Tree
Credit: C-dog
susu

Trad climber
East Bay, CA
Nov 11, 2009 - 11:08am PT
At Shuteye

Ishun climbing at Lost Eagle, Shuteye
Ishun climbing at Lost Eagle, Shuteye
Credit: susu




rhyang

climber
SJC
Nov 11, 2009 - 11:14am PT
We will meet up there some day and climb together again.
We will meet up there some day and climb together again.
Credit: jia

I love this shot. I grew up in the US, born in the midwest actually. My father came over here from Sichuan, but never taught us kids Mandarin .. and we were too busy to learn I guess .. just a few words here and there.

Chinese written in a Sierra summit register -- I love it :)
photonez

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Nov 11, 2009 - 11:28am PT
Clark, Steve just showed me the slide show from Jtree 2005. Lot's of great stuff there.

Ez
qwirk

Gym climber
Oakland, ca
Nov 11, 2009 - 05:04pm PT
Sean,

I am one of Ishun's friend. We work together and I knew her for few years. She was such a great friend to have. I know this is a tough time for you. Please let me know if you need any help. I would like to know when and where her funeral will be, so I can pay my last visit to her.

Yours truly,
Tommy
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 11, 2009 - 05:41pm PT
We're organizing a climbing 'gathering' this weekend at a local crag where she spent a lot of time. Castle Rock or Skyline Slabs/Eagle Peak will see us have a toast and a few routes in her memorium.

Climb on!
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 11, 2009 - 06:33pm PT
Sunday looks like we're putting together a massive crew of climbers to memorialize our friend. We're gonna do what she loved doing, hanging out with friends, drinking beers, and knocking out routes.

It's definitely going down on Skyline Blvd, either CRSP or Aquarian Valley.

Be there! People can crash at my pad if they have to.

On belay!!!! If my son can make it, you can!
Matt

Trad climber
primordial soup
Nov 11, 2009 - 07:26pm PT
what a heartbreaking story

perhaps her soul was immediately reborn into another beautiful being of some kind...
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 11, 2009 - 07:39pm PT
thanks, Matt.

where ya been?
Zander

Trad climber
Berkeley
Nov 11, 2009 - 07:40pm PT
Dear Sean, friends and family of Ishun,
I am so sorry to hear about this. I wish you all the best at this tough time.
Zander
the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City
Nov 11, 2009 - 08:22pm PT
We offer our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Ishun...

bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 11, 2009 - 08:38pm PT
Me and Ishun hangin' after a route...She was a blast!!!!
Me and Ishun hangin' after a route...She was a blast!!!!
Credit: bluering
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Nov 11, 2009 - 08:40pm PT
Oh my god, I have been climbing and was just informed of our friends passing.

Ish was by far the most chill lady I have had the pleasure of meeting. Never complained even during the most annoying events known to man. She was a bright light and an even brighter smile, a fantastic soul that i am proud to have met, talked to, laughed with, drank with, and cooked with.

I cannot believe this happened to such a girl!

Unbelievable, the energy that woman brought to the campfire.

Peace Ish, and I wish you the best from wherever you are looking down on us.

To all of her friends, my friends, family and fellow climbers, my deepest and most sincere condolences.

Best Regards,

Mucci
Credit: mucci
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 11, 2009 - 08:48pm PT
She has such an aura of serenity and happiness. My heart felt condolences to family and friends.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 11, 2009 - 08:55pm PT
Good to see you chime in mucci, you should try to make our ClimbFest this weekend.

If you can't I understand. You just got back. Sh#t, if for no other reason, I've actually never climbed with you despite our repeated encounters...weird.

Whatever, though. You kick ass, Ishun kicked ass, and now we got a (wo)man down....Climb on!!!!
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Nov 11, 2009 - 09:27pm PT
Planning on it Bluey, just gotta work a few things out.

I'll be in touch brother!

Peace,
Mucci
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Nov 11, 2009 - 09:34pm PT
Steve and Sean,

Jeff just told me of your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences. Having never met Ishun, I see her personality shining in the pictures.

Lots of love,

Phyllis & Jeff
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 11, 2009 - 09:36pm PT
Thanks Phyllis. You're a sweet gal.

Credit: bluering

Credit: bluering

Credit: bluering
Credit: bluering
Credit: bluering


Phil_B

Social climber
Hercules, CA
Nov 11, 2009 - 09:57pm PT
So sorry to hear this. My condolences go out to those of you close to her.

Horrible. . .
Largo

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Nov 11, 2009 - 11:37pm PT
She was lucky to have so many friends, who are decidedly unlucky to have lost her. That leaves us with each other. Condolences to all.

JL
froodish

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Nov 11, 2009 - 11:46pm PT
Sincere condolences to family and friends. It's clear from this thread that Ishun touched many people.

Regards,

-Steve
shipoopoi

Big Wall climber
oakland
Nov 12, 2009 - 12:08am PT
dear sean and friends of ishun, so sorry for your loss. thanks everybody for posting stories and pics of her here. at least i got to know her a bit through you. this year just sucks. shipoopoi
Barcus

Social climber
San Luis Obispo, Ca.
Nov 12, 2009 - 10:39am PT
Sorry, i won't make it this Sunday (tight funds).
Will see you down in Jtree.
PLEASE be careful!

Marcus
susu

Trad climber
East Bay, CA
Nov 12, 2009 - 11:42am PT
Mucci - what a nice photo. Here's a couple more, one's from a fuzzy frame in a movie that was too short to post but shows her having fun. Sorry if it's too fuzzy. Another had to be cropped down.

Ishun at Shuteye Gray Eagle Camp
Ishun at Shuteye Gray Eagle Camp
Credit: susu

Ishun at Shuteye, Gray Eagle Camp
Ishun at Shuteye, Gray Eagle Camp
Credit: susu

Ishun at Shuteye, Gray Eagle Camp
Ishun at Shuteye, Gray Eagle Camp
Credit: susu
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Nov 12, 2009 - 11:50am PT
Thought I would share this one with everyone:








Jeff
kev

climber
A pile of dirt.
Nov 12, 2009 - 12:18pm PT


Double D

climber
Nov 12, 2009 - 02:24pm PT
What a horrible accident. My condolances to the friends and family of Ishun.

Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Bivied under the Tsunami on AfroMan
Nov 12, 2009 - 02:30pm PT
Sounds like she was a great gal.
I'm sorry that you lost a friend.
It's been a HARD season for that sort of thing.
Blinky

Trad climber
Nov 12, 2009 - 02:35pm PT
She looks like someone who truly loved the mountains.
Nate D

climber
San Francisco
Nov 12, 2009 - 03:21pm PT
Why does seeing that she partook of the pools and the climbing at LE make this hurt all the more?
And I didn't know her, but knowing that she also obviously enjoyed these favorite haunts...

You left too soon, sister Ishun.
kev

climber
A pile of dirt.
Nov 12, 2009 - 03:48pm PT
Nate,

She was a really really sweet girl. She spent some time this summer up at Gray with us.

kev
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Nov 12, 2009 - 03:53pm PT
didn't know her, but she certainly was a lucky person to have so many great friends! I only hope I am so blessed as she. condolences to all who suffer from her loss.
Peace
kev

climber
A pile of dirt.
Nov 12, 2009 - 03:57pm PT
She was my partner on the FAs of

Don't Leave Your Bro Behind (5.8)

Ticks and Owls (5.6)

and a yet to be completed project.
Nate D

climber
San Francisco
Nov 12, 2009 - 04:01pm PT
Kev,
Well maybe name that remaining project something for her...
kev

climber
A pile of dirt.
Nov 12, 2009 - 04:07pm PT
Nate,

I've been thinking about that since monday...It's definitely for her when it's done...

kev
hooblie

climber
sounding out stuff as in the manner of crickets
Nov 12, 2009 - 04:11pm PT
just catching on after a few days off the grid. i'm moved once again by tragedy and loss. also by the gathering of souls to remember, consider and honor. thankyou for introducing me, in a postumous fashion, to someone i only met thru you.

the pathos never seems to stop here. in this place it's a blend of all the emotions we have capacity for. as sad and empathetic as i am for the loss on the part of those closest to ishun, i also hear the salutations to a kindred spirit who knew how to spend the precious moments we are given to romp and revel and inspire reflection.

cherish the act of sharing time in this painful yet serendipitous place. too soon, too hard, too sweet the memories
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 12, 2009 - 05:10pm PT
There will be a funeral service on Saturday. Sean is kinda worried about publicly announcing the event but if some of you would like to attend, let me know by e-mail. I will send the details. It is at 4pm. It's in San Jose.

We are still doing the Climbathon on Sunday at Castle Rock State Park where we climb in memorium and have a toast. That goes down all day. The location will be divulged on Saturday.

Kev, good idea about the route name. I'd like to help you finish it off in Ishun's absence.
SeanYang

Mountain climber
Portland, Oregon
Nov 12, 2009 - 05:53pm PT
I have been touched by the love and friendship the climbing community has expressed toward Ishun. Ishun was lucky to have you all in her life, regardless of whether it is many years of climbing together or simply the sharing of passion in climbing. I hope that those who know Ishun are able to attend the funeral service.

Ishun would have been thrilled to know that a route will be put up and named after her, and I can image that she would have been nodding up and down with foremost approval. If possible, I would like to be present and document the climb.

Sean (Ishun's husband)
rhyang

climber
SJC
Nov 12, 2009 - 07:29pm PT
I will raise a toast to Ishun this weekend, and be thinking positive thoughts for her friends and family.
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Nov 12, 2009 - 07:31pm PT

Sean, thank you again for sharing with us.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 13, 2009 - 01:43pm PT
The climbing memorial on Sunday will go down at Castle Rock State Park. I'm thinking that Shady Rock /Platypuss is a good area. It's got a high concentration of routes and she liked it there (that where some of the pics were taken upthread).

Cal Ridge and Mud Wall are close also. My crew will probably be there around 10 or 11am. We'll probably stay in that locale all day.

Carpooling is advised as much as possible because parking can get tight after 11am. If it does get tight people can park at Summit and shuttle together down to CRSP.

Be there!
jbaker

Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
Nov 13, 2009 - 01:50pm PT
I went on a hike down Cherry Creek Canyon with Ishun in September. It was the first time I'd met her, but she had a wonderful spirit and energy. My deepest condolences to her friends and family.

Joe
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 13, 2009 - 02:33pm PT
Somebody asked me to post this here. You can upload photos of her there also. The family would appreciate it.

http://www.ishun.org/

Thanks!
susu

Trad climber
East Bay, CA
Nov 13, 2009 - 02:33pm PT
A group of us will also gather in the Sierras this weekend to toast Ishun and send our heartfelt condolences to her friends and family.
ß Î Ø T Ç H

climber
. . . not !
Nov 13, 2009 - 05:33pm PT
http://ishun.org/photos
Thanks for sharing the gallery . Sorry to everyone .
noshoesnoshirt

climber
Arkansas, I suppose
Nov 13, 2009 - 06:07pm PT
I'm so sorry for her friends and family
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Nov 13, 2009 - 06:09pm PT
bluey,

I'd love to join you and your crew at CRSP, but my daughter has state gymnastics championships on Sunday. All of you have my love.



The evil one
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 13, 2009 - 08:58pm PT
Climbing all week, return to find this.
Sorry Sean. Sorry to these friends of Ishun. So sorry.
Cold all week, then snow.
Cold all this year, it feels now.
But we laughed and danced on the granite.
Drank and laughed and poured out wit and pulled close by the fire
And threw on more wood.
All we could do,
Simply all we want it sometimes seems,
And that is enough.
It is plenty and it is full,
And now some of our joy turns
To honor one of us I did not know
Because that too does not matter
Among this web
Of ascending
Family
.
lunatik

climber
Nov 14, 2009 - 04:56am PT
Hello all,

my name's Irina, I used to climb with Ishun in 2007 during my internship stay in California (I am from Germany, originally Russia). This developed into a warm friendship we kept up via emails and chats.

I would like to share this with you. A song I wrote, while moved by the saddest news.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXc5Peb2plI

Irina
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 14, 2009 - 06:09am PT
Overwhelming, Irina,

Очень спасибо!
Barcus

Social climber
San Luis Obispo, Ca.
Nov 14, 2009 - 11:44am PT
Dear Irina,
Thank you for sharingyour time with,
and your love for, Ishun.
Marcus
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 14, 2009 - 11:53am PT
Irina, that's very beautiful. It amazes how many climbers Ishun knew. I thought she was truly 'ours', but it becomes very clear that she had many friends and climbing buddies. Maybe that's why she occasionally wasn't available when I'd call. She was out there doing the 'real' climbs while I was stuck in the Bay Area.

God bless her, that's what I would have been doing. She really loved the mountains, not just the climbing, but just hangin' with buddies on the trails.

Ya gotta love that. She was living the dream, man!
Fletcher

Trad climber
Pasadena, CA
Nov 14, 2009 - 11:54am PT
Thank you for that song Irina... thank you.

Thinking of Ishun and her web of friends today.

Peace,
Eric
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 14, 2009 - 12:06pm PT
Irina also played a song in tribute to Wei Cui who died on Ama Dablam almost a year prior to Ishuns death.

Wei was a member of our tribe too. I'd climbed with him a few times. He joined us in Jtree one year and in Tuolumne. Rest in peace, Wei!

Wei and Ishun are prolly doing routes together now...They were good friends.

Be safe, lads!
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 15, 2009 - 07:58am PT
We're still on today despite the morning 'wetness'. We'll meet up at Shady/Playpuss and if it's too moist or cold, we'll head for Cal Ridge and Mud Wall. We'll be at the entrance at 10;30.
Mason

Trad climber
Yay Area
Nov 15, 2009 - 02:59pm PT
Sorry I couldn't be there today for Ishun's memorial with you guys but I have Joyce's mother in town from Pilipinas. I'm sure it was a great memorial. Hope I can take part in the one at JTree in a few weeks.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 15, 2009 - 05:24pm PT
hey there say, all, just dropping in to say:

i hope all was blessed and wonderful...
during this hard time....

friends are what carry folks through...
love and comfort, to all....
god bless...
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 15, 2009 - 06:49pm PT
It was a good time, I think Ezra has some pics. The two dudes who were there with Ishun on the climb were nice enough to show up and hang. Mucci showed too, nice to finally do some routes with him!

Good times! Ain't the same, really, without Ishun there but having her at heart and as a theme worked well. I'm absolutely sure she loved seeing us all to together today. From the beers to the hard sends, she was there and she was happy!

Rest in peace, Ishun, and try to spot us in Jtree on those night climbs. We love you.
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Nov 15, 2009 - 10:48pm PT
Good times today with the crew at CRSP. I met some good people, Ishun was there in spirit.

To Dave and Patrick, Thank you for your words.

I heard it was beautiful on her day, for that many are thankful.

Mucci
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 16, 2009 - 12:29am PT
Jt Thanksgiving, scenerio?
Yoni

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Nov 16, 2009 - 09:50am PT
I had the pleasure to hike down Cherry Creek Canyon with Ishun this September. She was as many in our community described her. A lovely, intelligent young woman full of the excitement of life. She was kind, gentle and caring. As we made our way down the canyon, we looked at the possible routes up the likes of Dome Sweet Dome and Mastadome.
I am deeply sorrowed by her loss.
May her memory in all the people she touched forever burn brighly.
Yoni
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Ishun Cherry Creek Canyon(with PCS) September 13, 2009.
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bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 16, 2009 - 05:38pm PT
So, after our climbing memorial and funeral for Ishun I have some comments.

I want to let people know that the 2 climbers that were with her were very cool, stand-upish guys that had the balls to come to the funeral and the climbers memorial.

They could've faced severe criticism from family and friends, but they decided to come anyway. I heard the details of the accident from the two guys and it was just a bizarre accident.

The are very nice guys and very proficient climbers. It would be nice if they put up a detailed account here of the accident, but that's for them to decide, not me. I think what has already been said is probably enough.

She passed away after her gear sling/cam caught an edge and abruptly stopped her. The belayer said the rope never came tight, just twitched a bit.

Just a bad accident. I'd like to thank them for comforting Ishun's friends and doing what they could for her.

Cheers, guys.
Brunosafari

Boulder climber
OR
Nov 16, 2009 - 05:53pm PT


I just wanted to express sympathy for the family and friends of beautiful Ishun. -Bruce Adams
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Nov 16, 2009 - 06:09pm PT
I've kept coming back to this thread, but have avoided posting anything.

It's easy to rationalize that you didn't know them etc., but I've also been the benefactor of expressions of sympathy from persons unknown and know that they are all appreciated.

Someone way up thread said something about meeting people they'd never known....... If there's anything positive about these kinds of incidents, it's that they do draw us closer.

A small comfort indeed.


A bit of unsolicited advice for the survivors,

I wrote out a highly detailed account of the incident I was involved in that only was shared with the kin and a few close friends. I did it for two reasons.

It made it possible for me to process the events and deal with it, and I felt I owed it to the kin to provide as accurate and detailed an account as I could provide.

Something to consider.


bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 16, 2009 - 07:08pm PT
Wendell, those are kind words, bro. Thanks from her friends. I know how hard losing Woody was to you guys.

In addition to a tribute to our friend this year in Josh, we will be commemorating some of our other friend's (Woody) routes in Josh.

Bad year, be safe people. Thanks, TGT!

kev

climber
A pile of dirt.
Nov 19, 2009 - 03:45pm PT
Hi All,

I just wanted to say thanks for all the support on this thread and the messages and emails a number of you sent. It was really helpful.

Thanks all,

kev

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