Tahquitz rescue 5-17-2013


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Social climber
May 18, 2013 - 04:27pm PT
Greg, so sorry to hear about this tragic accident.

Best wishes to you and other friends and family.

looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
May 18, 2013 - 04:40pm PT
Very tragic news. As many have pointed out, this could have happened to any of us, and recriminations are pointless.

I am very sorry for both you and Lucas that a fine Spring day at Tahquitz turned so out so terribly. Know that others are there for you and Lucas' family.

Flagstaff/Thousand Oaks
May 18, 2013 - 04:50pm PT
I was just discussing sketchy rappels of my past with some friends and only while talking about them did I realize how sincerely dangerous those situations were, flipping upside down on the end knots in order to clip a single bolt at a hanging belay and rapping off the ropes end to "safety".

GDavis, I am so sorry to hear this tragedy. I can only send positive vibes and my condolences, but I know that just like you, I will be making sure that I refresh myself on the self rescue and worst case scenario medical response. Tonight I will have a beer in memory of your fallen brother, and to your incredible strength to relay this story to the community. I shed a tear or two while reading this and personally could not see myself having the composure you seem to have in this situation. Keep on keepin' on, bring your friends memory to the high points of your future climbing along with you.

Spencer C.

Trad climber
Fresno CA
May 18, 2013 - 05:03pm PT
Lynne posted about this tragedy on Facebook. I am so sorry, Greg. Lots of prayers for you, Lynne, and everyone else who knew him.

Park Rat

Social climber
May 18, 2013 - 05:06pm PT
I'm so sorry to read your account of this accident.

It's tragic when something like this happens to someone so young, with so much life ahead of him.

There are no words that can console, or explain such a tragedy.

Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
May 18, 2013 - 05:11pm PT
Condolences to family and friends, that's all I can say.

Mountain Project
May 18, 2013 - 05:14pm PT
Just found out from Lynn on FB. Hang in there Greg.

Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 18, 2013 - 05:16pm PT
I added a photo of Lucas from our trip up Mt. Russell in 2011. I can only find pictures of him with a goofy grin - he wore it proudly. Bill, feel free to use that photo in the original post.

Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 18, 2013 - 05:22pm PT

With him at the belay I felt invincible. I miss you so much.

Trad climber
Idyllwild, California
May 18, 2013 - 05:33pm PT
So sorry to hear that a young man perished.

Like many said here before, this could have happened to us.

Rapping is so dangerous.

Pen and I were sitting on our deck when the chopper started to circle above the rock. We always feel so terrible when we hear that sound, it's not a good sign, ever.

We think of you GDavis.

Big Wall climber
May 18, 2013 - 05:40pm PT
sorry bro! my condolences to the family.
craig mo

Trad climber
L.A. Ca.
May 18, 2013 - 05:44pm PT
my heart goes out to all that loved him. Rest in peace
steve west

Trad climber
Newport Beach
May 18, 2013 - 05:45pm PT
This just hurts so much . Lucas had a.crush on my daughter and we.would cross paths many times in idy. He was. So good . I wanted to adopt him the son I never had.
My heart goes out to his mom and.dad.

Stay strong. Greg.
Earl Fisher

Social climber
Santa Monica, Ca 90402
May 18, 2013 - 05:54pm PT
Dear Greg,

Lucas was the son of two dear friends of ours, Al and Kathy Dunn.

His death is devastating for the family. You did all that you could. We never know when life will be taken away. As you said, we all must live in honor of Lucas and treat all people with love, all the time.

Earl and Carol Fisher

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
May 18, 2013 - 06:00pm PT
Absolutely heart breaking.

Lynnie, yesterday on another thread you wrote this to me
The serendipity......packing up for TPR today I had a soul feeling I could not identify or define. It make me uneasy all morning as I packed up all the stuff that would make my yurt "cozy home" for the next 4+ months.

Tying the kayaks on top the van I realized I was sad. I've never be sad packing for TPR, stressed perhaps, but Never sad.

I'm not surprised you, and your open soul, felt this on what turned into a tragic day.

Greg, A dear friend and climbing partner lost,
And Lynnie, a co worker who could have been a son,




I'm a Norwegian stuck in Joshua Tree
May 18, 2013 - 06:03pm PT
For those of you that did not know Lucas, he is the one on the left and Greg (GDavis) is on the right in Greg's photo.

Thank you Greg for posting this photo, - both of you with goofy grins.


Escondido, CA
May 18, 2013 - 06:13pm PT
Greg... oh man, Greg... I don't know what to say. So terribly sorry to hear this. Lucas was such a cool kid. I simply can't imagine this happening. I know you've got family and friends to support you right now, but in the coming days if you need an ear to bend, or a drink, or anything... let me know. So terrible. So sad. God speed Lucas. Stay strong Greg.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
May 18, 2013 - 06:20pm PT
I too am thinking of and praying for Lucas's wonderful parents. They came into the shop at least twice when I was working and I told them what a wonderful son they had and how much I enjoyed working with him. (I don't think I was telling them anything they had not realized for quite some time.)

Their loss is (for many) beyond comprehension. The pain and grief sharp, at times severe and enervating. I hope they have close family and friends that can help them in all the ways they will need during this time. If I can be of any help, please let me know. Lynne

Edit: Thanks Baja Andy.

Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 18, 2013 - 06:25pm PT
Thanks, everyone. Andy, we had a great time together. You can crank, brother! Keep at it, you'll be seeing me before too long.

Escondido, CA
May 18, 2013 - 06:59pm PT
Raw, unedited video of Lucas bouldering a couple months ago w/ Greg spotting...
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