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Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Topic Author's Original Post - May 8, 2013 - 11:40am PT
http://www.seattlepi.com/news/us/article/Ariz-climber-found-dead-covered-with-bee-stings-4498895.php#ixzz2SiST0NPz

EDIT: See MP link below for better info.

Condolences to family and the Tucson climbing community.
Scott McNamara

climber
Tucson, Arizona
May 8, 2013 - 11:48am PT
http://www.mountainproject.com/v/rip-steve-johnson/108131200
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
May 8, 2013 - 11:52am PT
Both his dog and him were found dead.. RIP to both,, bad luck...
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 8, 2013 - 11:58am PT
Man, that really sucks, on top of having loved ones left behind he seams like he was a very cool guy. May you be in peace now. Condolences to friends and family that may read this thread.
Anastasia

climber
Home
May 8, 2013 - 12:16pm PT
Damn, that is so sad on both counts. I feel for him and his loyal companion. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Prod

Trad climber
May 8, 2013 - 12:19pm PT
I'm guessing killer bees if the dog died too. Very sad.

Prod.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
May 8, 2013 - 12:19pm PT
Was just thinking that ive seen lots of wasps on rock but seldom bees.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
May 8, 2013 - 12:22pm PT
Damn, like there are not already enough ways to get hurt!

Was the guy really nailing or was that just some speculation on the part of the writer, based on watching Cliffhanger.

Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Topic Author's Reply - May 8, 2013 - 12:24pm PT
I recall another incident of a climber killed by bees in Southern Arizona many years ago. Two partners getting swarmed and stung at a ledge, the first rapped off, but the the second one did not survive.
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
May 8, 2013 - 12:27pm PT
near the top of my "worst way to die" list

RIP to both
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
May 8, 2013 - 12:27pm PT
that sucks, it seems the only bees around here live in boxes. we get the big wasps at the cliffs
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Social climber
SLO, Ca
May 8, 2013 - 12:29pm PT
There are "killer" bees in southern AZ. Sad.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 8, 2013 - 12:30pm PT
While it is little solace to the deceased or his family it does seem that the
initial hysteria engendered by the appearance of Africanized bees has not
been fully warranted. I wonder if they are hybridizing with the locals and
becoming less of a menace?
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
May 8, 2013 - 12:33pm PT
it seems they may be a bit menacing
Manny

Social climber
tempe
May 8, 2013 - 12:42pm PT
My condolences to Steve's family. I only met him once but had enjoyed his work. Steve put up routes all over southern AZ and he was doing so in the Santa Ritas when he was attacked.

All bees in Arizona are hybridized and extremely dangerous. You can stand near a hive and be fine or be unlucky and disturb them enough that they will attack you en masse. Only defense is to run away.
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
May 8, 2013 - 02:13pm PT
Reilly- consensus around the beekeeping forums I wander to on occasion is that interbreeding does little to nothing in reducing the aggressiveness, and in fact is causing otherwise docile hives to turn ugly if their queen happens to mate with drone from an Africanized hive. Scary stuff, once you realize just how much of our food is bee-pollinated by bees that are constantly trucked back and forth across the country...
Magic Ed

Trad climber
Nuevo Leon, Mexico
May 8, 2013 - 02:15pm PT
I pretty much gave up free soloing after being attacked by a large swarm of yellowjackets while negotiating the crux of a route I was onsighting.

Sincere condolences to Steve's family and friends.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 8, 2013 - 02:16pm PT
adatesman, thanks, sorry to hear that especially in view of the hive collapse disease disaster.
Somebody needs to develop an air bag cocoon system!
enjoimx

Trad climber
SLO
May 8, 2013 - 02:18pm PT
Anyone have any medical interventions for a person stuck at a belay getting stung? Maybe eating a couple Benadryl during the event would slow down the distress? I'm thinking of starting to carry a couple for long climbs...

Edit: I realize there are meds for people with bee allergies, but what about people who aren't specifically allergic to bee's...The articles doesn't mention if the man was allergic. I suppose anyone would be in danger if enough bees sting you.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
May 8, 2013 - 02:23pm PT
I have a brother that carrys a sting kit with him everywhere- hes totally allergic to any bee sting. They have meds.
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