missing climbers at Florence Lake


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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.


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!

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.

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.

Social climber
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...

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.

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.


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

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.
Ishun Cherry Creek Canyon&#40;with PCS&#41; September 13, 2009.
Ishun Cherry Creek Canyon(with PCS) September 13, 2009.
Credit: Yoni

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.

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

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

Social climber
So Cal
Nov 16, 2009 - 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.


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!


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,


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