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Googlymoogly

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 8, 2013 - 10:59am PT
Richard and I both get a settlement option. It is a $1000 fine (5% of rescue costs) plus a 12 month probation and it stays off the record. Richard took it. I have the option to take it or fight the violation.
GhoulweJ

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Feb 8, 2013 - 11:16am PT
Thats one way to "pay your dues".
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Feb 8, 2013 - 11:40am PT
Kudo's for sharing the outcome so far. It's useful information.

Curious what the terms of the Probation are. I'm purely guessing But I suppose it basically means nothing as long as you do not get into the same type of trouble again in the next 12 months. Or are there more strings attached?

If it is what I said above I'd take the deal. It does seem fair. Fact is to some degree you are at fault for some poor choices.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Feb 8, 2013 - 11:51am PT
5% is lower than 50%, at least.
Probably worth it to avoid risking a conviction on your record?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 8, 2013 - 12:07pm PT
If you don't take the $1K option then you're really stoopid. Or rich. Or an inveterate gambler.
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Feb 8, 2013 - 01:21pm PT
This is not a good place to look for legal advice. If you dont have a public defender, maybe there is a lawyer in Merced or somewhere who could evaluate your case for you, maybe pay a few hundred bucks for his time. For me the issue would always be that I have to tell potential employers about my "disorderly conduct" incident and I'd just rather not have something like that in my past.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Feb 8, 2013 - 01:23pm PT
Well he did say the agreement keeps it off the record. If that really is the case it seems like a good deal. A lawyer might be worth consulting as to how off the record it really is.
Snowmassguy

Trad climber
Calirado
Feb 8, 2013 - 01:32pm PT
Pay it and be done!
WBraun

climber
Feb 8, 2013 - 01:35pm PT
Pay it and be done!


Why?

What did he do wrong?

His partner called for a rescue he didn't ......

climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Feb 8, 2013 - 01:44pm PT
Not sure that has much to do with the stuuupid American legal system. If it really does stay off the record (check into that). Fighting it may do the opposite.

Vast are the number of convictions in this country of folks who didn't do anything wrong. Regardless whether that is the case here.
SalNichols

Big Wall climber
Richmond, CA
Feb 8, 2013 - 04:07pm PT
Get an attorney to review the settlement. I can't see how you "keep it off the record" while having a 12 month probation. You DON'T get probation for infractions, you pay the damn fine and you're done. Someone is bullsh$tting you.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Feb 8, 2013 - 05:03pm PT
Having read and studied this incident, it really seems to me that while Chris was reasonably prepared and ready, his partner was not. His partner reached the end of his rope, and instead of simply ascending - which any halfway capable climber or rappeller would have done - he gave up and called for a rescue.

That wasn't Chris' fault. If Chris were to pay a fine, it should be much much less than what his partner paid.

But honestly, I don't see Chris as the one here conducting himself in a disorderly fashion nor creating a hazardous situation. I find it difficult to believe that a judge would consider him to be guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

Thanks for keeping us apprised, Chris. And good luck, eh?
rockermike

Trad climber
Berkeley
Feb 8, 2013 - 05:36pm PT
Probation means you can't leave the valley for a year. I'd take it. Hell, I'd pay for it. And you can't associate with any other newb rappers. ha
hillrat

Trad climber
reno, nv
Feb 9, 2013 - 08:48am PT
Well, let's see...
I had a minor thing when I was young and dumb, and it basically was a similar deal. Pay a fine, a year of informal probation (don't get in trouble again or you're hosed), and it stays off your record.

Paid the fine, stayed outa trouble, and all it shows is "case dismissed".

Hasn't had any affect on anything I've ever wanted to do, including travel to foreign countries, getting a commercial driver license with hazmat, and some other stuff that included thorough background checks by the feds.

And now I'm older and wiser and would have done things entirely different than I did as an eighteen year old dumbass, if I knew then what I know now.
tiki-jer

Trad climber
fresno/clovis
Feb 9, 2013 - 09:21am PT
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Some Random Guy

climber
San Franpsycho (a.k.a. a token of my extreme)
Feb 9, 2013 - 11:47am PT
Well, let's see...
I had a minor thing when I was young and dumb, and it basically was a similar deal. Pay a fine, a year of informal probation (don't get in trouble again or you're hosed), and it stays off your record.

Paid the fine, stayed outa trouble, and all it shows is "case dismissed".

Hasn't had any affect on anything I've ever wanted to do, including travel to foreign countries, getting a commercial driver license with hazmat, and some other stuff that included thorough background checks by the feds.

And now I'm older and wiser and would have done things entirely different than I did as an eighteen year old dumbass, if I knew then what I know now.

ditto that. i did community service and case dismissed. since then i've had numerous background checks by all levels of government (including the fbi and department of homeland security) and nothing shows up. but i was also NOT fingerprinted. most background checks include a fingerprint scan/search. if they have ur prints i'm not sure how that would play out in future searches. they search by fingerprints and/or full name and date of birth.

Having read and studied this incident, it really seems to me that while Chris was reasonably prepared and ready, his partner was not. His partner reached the end of his rope, and instead of simply ascending - which any halfway capable climber or rappeller would have done - he gave up and called for a rescue.

That wasn't Chris' fault. If Chris were to pay a fine, it should be much much less than what his partner paid.

But honestly, I don't see Chris as the one here conducting himself in a disorderly fashion nor creating a hazardous situation. I find it difficult to believe that a judge would consider him to be guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

i forgot all the details of the predicament at hand, but didn't chris have another rope on him along with all sorts gear at the time? it could be argued that he could have fixed a line and gone down to rescue richard himself. no? the only major obstacle was getting him back over the great roof. it could have been done no yosar needed.





if u are going to fight this what u have to do now is rap the nose solo, complete it successfully, post a trip report, and then go to the judge and show him that it was all richards fault. that should get u off scott free.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 9, 2013 - 12:28pm PT
But honestly, I don't see Chris as the one here conducting himself in a disorderly fashion nor creating a hazardous situation.

Well, he did choose to go up there, or down there, with a moron.
Doesn't that in itself create an unsafe condition?
That's why I was never offended when asked to sign a disclaimer for my less discriminating partners.
NoTokeRedKneck

climber
Feb 9, 2013 - 04:01pm PT
http://www.fishproducts.com/topos/

http://www.fishproducts.com/topos/yostopos/nose.html

Appears rapping The Nose maybe the quickest way off without
a legal issue.

Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Feb 9, 2013 - 05:28pm PT
Doesn't that in itself create an unsafe condition?

As a legal matter Chris was charged with disorderly conduct. It is the only regulation that they can charge, as it is currently legal make mistakes on a climb or in this case, descent. Somehow they twist the language of the regulation into a pretzel. The reg says that disorderly conduct is actionable if it creates an unsafe condition. Sort of a chicken/egg situation, The "disorderly conduct is imputed in hind sight after the unsafe condition arises.

I would have fun cross-examining the governments witness. Who would be the witness? YOSAR members or the LEO who wrote the ticket? Did the LEO go up to rescue them? Has the LEO ever climbed? How many rescues does the LEO do every year? you get the idea, the regulation is aimed at the ahole who starts a fight, not a climber who gets in over his head. I think it is BS to criminally charge as a means of revenue generation. If they want to pursue rescue costs they should do it as a civil action. There are a few reasons they try to do it criminally and it bothers me.

As charged, disorderly conduct it is a big time loser for the prosecutor. Question is, how many trips to court until they drop the case.
WBraun

climber
Feb 9, 2013 - 05:48pm PT
Did the LEO go up to rescue them?

Every YOSAR incident is an LEO response and under the jurisdiction of LEO.

YOSAR is branch of Yosemite Protection Division (LEO).

Half the VALLEY LEO are very good climbers.

Some can lead 5.12 and have done El Cap some have done Nose in a Day and Half dome in a day.

Valley District Ranger has done many walls NIAD Half dome in a day and many free climbs.

You guy are dreaming.

Valley Rangers are all hard core athletes now.

No more donuts ......

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