basejumping accident on Lower Cathedral Spire

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cragnshag

Social climber
san joser
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 26, 2011 - 12:44pm 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 - 12:48pm 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 - 01:20pm PT
Geeze, why did Sarah let her climb without a helmet!
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Oct 26, 2011 - 01:22pm PT
HA! That was really cute!

TFPU!
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Oct 26, 2011 - 01:27pm 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 - 01:31pm PT
But could the accident have been prevented or mitigated had the victim been wearing a prophylactic, e.g. a helmet?
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Oct 26, 2011 - 01:43pm PT
A helmet would undoubtedly have saved her life. I read it on the internet.
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
California
Oct 26, 2011 - 02:09pm 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!
stich

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Oct 26, 2011 - 02:39pm PT
EXCEEDING ABILITIES

CLIMBING WITHOUT A ROPE

NOT WEARING A HELMET
The user formerly known as stzzo

climber
Oct 26, 2011 - 04:03pm PT
I watch a friend's iPhone tumble off a cliff to a 200ft+ death...
kev

climber
A pile of dirt.
Oct 26, 2011 - 04:07pm PT
IS this called Phone Soloing?
nature

climber
back in Tuscon Aridzona....
Oct 26, 2011 - 04:07pm 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.
Base1250

Trad climber
colorado
Oct 26, 2011 - 04:48pm PT
That's funny Nature. BASE getting a bad rap.
kev

climber
A pile of dirt.
Oct 26, 2011 - 04:56pm 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 - 05:03pm 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 - 05:04pm PT
Or Gertie may have been involved, in which case it would have been fowl play.
RandaPanda

Trad climber
Chico!
Oct 26, 2011 - 11:52pm PT
Too bad. She's missing out on (finally!) the release of Angry Birds on the Curve.
Credit: RandaPanda
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Oct 27, 2011 - 03:17pm PT
Once dropped a Treo in an aluminum case about 50' down behind a basalt column out at Beacon - it rang for the rest of the day, but is still down there...
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