Tahquitz rescue 5-17-2013

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GoMZ

Trad climber
Eastern Sierra
May 18, 2013 - 03:56pm PT
Damn, this is terrible. My sincere condolences to all that knew him. So sorry.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
May 18, 2013 - 04:00pm PT

Greg, I'm so sorry.
I wish I knew the words to help you
though this.
Best wishes, take care of yourself.
Condolences to all of Lucas' family and friends.
BillO

Trad climber
Yachats, OR
May 18, 2013 - 04:17pm PT
A very tragic event so sorry for all who were involved. My condolences to you Greg and to Lucas' family and friends. I'm sure the Idyllwild Climbers Festival tomorrow will be a bit sadder with his passing.

P.S. Greg I am doing the design for the future kiosk for Tahquitz. If you contact me and send me a photo of Lucas I will gladly replace one of the photos on it with one of him or the both of you.

Bill Odenthal
MisterE

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.

Erik
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.
spenchur

climber
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.

Cheers,
Spencer C.
JEleazarian

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.

John
Park Rat

Social climber
CA, UT,CT,FL
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

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

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

Social climber
SOL CAL
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.
GDavis

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


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

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.
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
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.
M
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
SCseagoat

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,

Inexplicable

Susan

HF

climber
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.

Hilde
bajaandy

climber
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.
-Andy
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