Tahquitz rescue 5-17-2013


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Bryan Estelle

May 19, 2013 - 12:17am PT
Hey Greg,

Bryan Estelle here, the olddirt bag climber who comes in often - though not often enough - to buy gear from you and Lucas (and even my spouse and daughter sometimes!).

Greg, my experience at times like this tells me that fewer words are better than many. Nevertheless, I am so...so sorry for your loss. I wanted to get this out to you ASAP (many thanks to a friend on the East coast that drew my attention to this tragedy while I was in the middle of a softball game), but as the dust settles, I hope to come in to Nomad and offer my sincere condolences to you face to face, which is so much more an appropriate medium for this kind of situation.

I would be interested to know in the immediate days to come if there is going to be a funeral/burial in Escondido area to honor your dear friend.

Strength to you! And I do look forward (in due time. . . . definitely in the future) to talking to you about your goal to climb the Salathe. I'm sorry that you and Lucas will not be able to share that experience. It is the greatest Rock climb in the world, hands down.

However, to return to this absurd world of ours for now, I am so sorry for your loss. I for one, will miss seeing Lucas Dunn's "knowing" face when I come in to Nomad to buy gear and talk about the greatest sport in the world.

Bryan D. Estelle


Sport climber
KÝbenhavn V
May 19, 2013 - 12:31am PT
Didn't know you or Lucas, but still very sad to read this, Greg.

Kathy Dunn

Boulder climber
Idyllwild, CA
May 19, 2013 - 12:58am PT
Thank you so much Greg for being with my son. Our family cannot thank you enough for being at his side and for Darrel to administer CPR. We know Lucas was a safe climber so I know it was not human error but God's timing on Lucas homecoming. What better place for Lucas to be than rock climbing with you. Kathy Dunn

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
May 19, 2013 - 01:17am PT
Thank you for sharing.
I hope you are able to find peace.


Trad climber
Riverside, CA
May 19, 2013 - 01:47am PT
RIP - So sorry for the loss.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
May 19, 2013 - 01:47am PT
Kathy, thanks for posting. As I've mentioned to you several times in the store, Lucas was a special young man and it was a gift to me to work with him, learn from him, joke with him and listen to his life goals and dreams.

I don't know any of the answers at times like this. But I offer my love and support and prayers. You mention God's timing. In her talks and travels, Corrie ten Boom used to show a piece of velvet tapestry with threads of all colors going every which way. Then she'd turn it over and the front of the cloth would be a beautiful embroidered, jeweled crown. Corrie would point out that in the struggles and pain of life it looks to us like the backside of the cloth. But really, we can't always see the beautiful crown God is creating. (Corrie was a Dutch woman that survived the concentration camps in WWII.)

Lucas will always be alive in my life standing over me at the cash register, his eyes twinkling, saying "now Lynne," .........being the gentle teacher. But my best memory will be his big hug this past Thursday and his offer to climb with him and Greg in Tuolumne this summer.

I will climb and honor your son. Peace and Prayers, Lynne

Trad climber
May 19, 2013 - 03:58am PT
I'm so sorry for your loss Greg.
Your loss is every climber's loss...but I'm sure Lucas was way more than just a climber; we are all more than just climbers.
Big Mike

Trad climber
May 19, 2013 - 07:09am PT
Wow Greg! Wow! I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to Lucas's family and friends. This really hit a cord with me as it's something i've strived to avoid ever since i started persuing high adrenaline, high risk activitites. I've always enjoyed being in the mountains with friends and been uber cautious about bringing them home with me. Alas this sadly cannot always be the case.

I'm crying as i write this because it reminds me how close i came to Lucas's fate this winter. Instead i was lucky to get off with just a spinal cord injury.

Please don't let this change you Greg, i'm sure Lucas would want you to soldier on. I want to meet that uber stoked guy i talked to on the phone in vegas this winter.

Don't let him die too!

I pray that none of us should have to experience your loss, but i fear that is not very realistic.
baba long

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, CA
May 19, 2013 - 09:34am PT
I sometimes write for healing and humbly submit this now. The only time I met Lucas was on this last morning at the parking lot. He seemed a quiet and gentle person.

It has been said that only the good die young
A kind of graduation from life
Unlike other graduations, it is a moment of great sorrow
A pain that penetrates to the deepest portions of our being

Those that remain have additional time for living and learning
Quiet moments too
It is then we are able to send our love and best wishes
With those that go before us into the unknown

Robert Hutchinson


Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 19, 2013 - 11:18am PT
Bryan - your words touch me very deeply. I spent time yesterday with a mutual friend of ours. I read your post in your voice, you are such a calming man. Thank you.

Bob - You didn't know what you were getting into that morning but you showed incredible strength and support when I needed it most, Lori too. Lucas and I climbed with Jaz a few seasons ago at the gym, and we couldn't bring her up without talking about what a BAD ASS she is! I also remember working with Liz, and she reminded of Lucas... an old soul. You have very wonderful daughters, and you raised them well.

The Granite State.
May 19, 2013 - 11:38am PT
It takes a lot to make me cry.

I'm so sorry man.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
May 19, 2013 - 11:46am PT
You're a brave man GD, thanks for sharing this. And thanks for sharing your ( and many other people's) friend with us.

Yup could have been any of us, I had the 'one side of the rope pop out of the rap device' scenario just a few days ago.

Condolences and be careful out there!

Mountain climber
San Diego, CA
May 19, 2013 - 11:51am PT
Greg, I'm so sorry to hear this. We are all connected through our love for nature, rock climbing, and the brother/sisterhood that develops out of this love. I am so sorry that we lost Lucas. Nothing I can really think of can capture this feeling, but I wanted you to know that you've got another climber in your corner, sending the good vibes to you and to everyone involved.

-Michael Lagueux

Social climber
May 19, 2013 - 11:57am PT
Greg, an account that is so personal and written beautifully. My heart to you and many prayers today and to come. In AZ where there are a lot of beautiful craggy places. Will spend some time in quiet thinking about Lucas. and you of course. Peace, Elizabeth
The Warbler

the edge of America
May 19, 2013 - 12:01pm PT
This kind of thing happens way too often in the climbing world. In the 45 years or so I've been climbing I've lost more friends to accidents than I can count on the fingers of both hands. It's always such a shock and so bewildering, I think partly because when all goes well, climbing is such a beautiful and rewarding activity, and it makes us feel so good, that when it blindsides us with a blow like this the brutality of it is hard to comprehend. It always comes so suddenly and unexpectedly. Climbers love climbing so much they're willing to die for it, whether they realize it or not.

Sorry you had to experience that in such an intimate way Greg, and Condolences to all the family and friends. Be really careful out there.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
May 19, 2013 - 12:02pm PT
Really, sorry to hear about this, Greg.

May 19, 2013 - 12:02pm PT
With love, but a little long to post here:



May 19, 2013 - 12:04pm PT
This kind of thing happens way too often in the climbing world


We almost lost Warbler & Meyers once many years ago on Middle rock.

It was miracle they survived ....

Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 19, 2013 - 12:08pm PT
Lucas talked about you quite a bit, Daniel, and you inspired us both quite a bit. Still do.

Mountain climber
Bay Area , California
May 19, 2013 - 12:21pm PT
Condolences to family and friends.
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