basejumping accident on Lower Cathedral Spire

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cragnshag

Social climber
san joser
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 26, 2011 - 09:44am PT
OK, so I get this email from my friend Sarah and it was too funny not to share:


19% of smart phones get dropped down the toilet; only a brave few basejump to their rocky death

Illegal basejumper fatally injured on Saturday: declared deceased on Monday


Yosemite Valley, Lower Cathedral Spire- Purple Blackberry Curve 8340 jumped out of climber's summit pack, plummeting 150' to a rocky landing. Ms. Curve was not instantly killed, and initially appeared to be in stable condition, despite loss of vital component: back-of-phone. On Monday October 24, 2011 at 2:48pm Ms. Curve suddenly became non-responsive, succumbing to her fatal injuries.



Ms. Curve is survived by close friends: I-pod Nano IV, sailcloth wallet, Matrix car keys and Kleen Kanteen. She will be remembered for dutifully coming when called for defying her low bandwidth -- nearly regularly providing access to the Verizon G3 network.


Following a 24-hr period of mourning, Ms. Curve was replaced by a Droid. Sadly, she will not be missed.


Friends are encouraged to send their respects via email to xxxxxxxx; please include your phone number.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 26, 2011 - 09:48am PT
Sad news - but that's one phone that won't be calling YOSAR to report that it doesn't need a rescue.
kev

climber
A pile of dirt.
Oct 26, 2011 - 10:20am PT
Geeze, why did Sarah let her climb without a helmet!
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Oct 26, 2011 - 10:22am PT
HA! That was really cute!

TFPU!
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Oct 26, 2011 - 10:27am PT
Very cute. :-)

I'd say the cause of death was, technically, a fall while climbing without a rope.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 26, 2011 - 10:31am PT
But could the accident have been prevented or mitigated had the victim been wearing a prophylactic, e.g. a helmet?
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Oct 26, 2011 - 10:42am PT
SO who was on the YOSAR team for this!!!??
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Oct 26, 2011 - 10:43am PT
A helmet would undoubtedly have saved her life. I read it on the internet.
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
California
Oct 26, 2011 - 11:09am PT
Hmmmm, I can see that title releasing some emotions and causing someone to brace for the worst, for a friend or acquaintance... that's what it did for me. Glad everyone is ok. Cheers!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Oct 26, 2011 - 11:19am PT
One must examine the previous life, as this may have well been a suicide! Or EVEN,,,, a murder! Im NOT buying the accidental slip story!!
stich

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Oct 26, 2011 - 11:39am PT
EXCEEDING ABILITIES

CLIMBING WITHOUT A ROPE

NOT WEARING A HELMET
The user formerly known as stzzo

climber
Oct 26, 2011 - 01:03pm PT
I watch a friend's iPhone tumble off a cliff to a 200ft+ death...
kev

climber
A pile of dirt.
Oct 26, 2011 - 01:07pm PT
IS this called Phone Soloing?
nature

climber
back in Tuscon Aridzona....
Oct 26, 2011 - 01:07pm PT
you are giving the BASE community a bad wrap on this one.

she didn't have a chute therefore this was a free solo accident.
skipt

Mountain climber
Washington
Oct 26, 2011 - 01:13pm PT
I'm sorry there is something seriously fishy with this story.

Ms. Curve Phone fell out of the back of a pack.

Once again, I'm sorry but this sounds more like a personal negligence issue more than anything else.

We have rights in this country. There are legal remedies for situations like this. If I were Ipod or one of the other family members I would look into hiring an attorney to find out what the true story here really is.

My 2 cents.


Skip
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Oct 26, 2011 - 01:18pm PT
Yes, by the PURE facts that Ms curve was so quickly replaced without so much as a sniff of the nose is despicable! That in itself should be evidence enough to warrant investigation into this matter. Odd thay Ms Curve decided to "leap" from the pack at the very moment of being close to the precipice..No harness, no tie in...hhhhmmmmmmmmmmmm
Base1250

Trad climber
colorado
Oct 26, 2011 - 01:48pm PT
That's funny Nature. BASE getting a bad rap.
kev

climber
A pile of dirt.
Oct 26, 2011 - 01:56pm PT
I bet Sarah and that Droid already had a little something something going on!
cragnshag

Social climber
san joser
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 26, 2011 - 02:03pm PT
I wouldn't rule out foul play. The entire Blackberry network did go down for a day or two recently, upseting users of the device. This "accident" may have been retribution for that event...
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 26, 2011 - 02:04pm PT
Or Gertie may have been involved, in which case it would have been fowl play.
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