missing climbers at Florence Lake


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Trad climber
East Bay, CA
Nov 13, 2009 - 05:33pm 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.

. . . not !
Nov 13, 2009 - 08:33pm PT
Thanks for sharing the gallery . Sorry to everyone .

Arkansas, I suppose
Nov 13, 2009 - 09:07pm PT
I'm so sorry for her friends and family
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 13, 2009 - 11:58pm 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

Nov 14, 2009 - 07:56am 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.


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

Очень спасибо!

Social climber
San Luis Obispo, Ca.
Nov 14, 2009 - 02:44pm PT
Dear Irina,
Thank you for sharingyour time with,
and your love for, Ishun.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 14, 2009 - 02:53pm 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!

Trad climber
Pasadena, CA
Nov 14, 2009 - 02:54pm PT
Thank you for that song Irina... thank you.

Thinking of Ishun and her web of friends today.


Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 14, 2009 - 03:06pm 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!

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 15, 2009 - 10:58am 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.

Trad climber
Yay Area
Nov 15, 2009 - 05:59pm 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.

Social climber
Nov 15, 2009 - 08:24pm 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...

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 15, 2009 - 09:49pm 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.

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Nov 16, 2009 - 01:48am 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.


Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 16, 2009 - 03:29am PT
Jt Thanksgiving, scenerio?

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Nov 16, 2009 - 12:50pm 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.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 16, 2009 - 08:38pm 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.

Boulder climber
Nov 16, 2009 - 08:53pm PT

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

Social climber
So Cal
Nov 16, 2009 - 09:09pm 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.

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