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Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
May 19, 2013 - 08:16pm PT
My condolences to friends and family of the deceased.

Social climber
May 19, 2013 - 08:40pm PT
So much lost

The Granite State.
May 19, 2013 - 08:44pm PT
Really terrible news.

This, after news of Greg's experience, is just horrible.

My condolences.


Trad climber
SoCal Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
May 19, 2013 - 08:50pm PT
this is really sad. i can only hope it's not who it so obviously seems it is.
The Warbler

the edge of America
May 19, 2013 - 09:12pm PT

When Pete Barton died at the base of The West Buttress, the next two days had separate climber deaths in The Valley, so this kind of back to back tragedy isn't new, but still horrific. Condolences to the victim's loved ones and I hope the partner is OK.

Jim, I'm so glad you guys are good - it sounds like you were really lucky to not get hit. That must have been terrifying. What a gnarly event ...

Thanks to Yosar and Werner for dealing with it as I know they will.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
May 19, 2013 - 09:18pm PT
So sorry to hear about this. Hang in there GDavis you have a lot of friends on here to lean on.

Trad climber
Black Rock City
May 19, 2013 - 10:04pm PT
SO much loss. I am praying because that is all I can do. Love and peace to all in our community.

Trad climber
May 19, 2013 - 10:31pm PT
Oh man...

There are a lot of loosies on the rock; nearly got taken out myself on Tahquitz.

Peace and condolences to family, friends and YOSAR.

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
May 19, 2013 - 10:55pm PT
Just got back to Reno. Spent the whole morning in the meadow waiting for a friend from Alaska who had pre-arranged to meet there. So I was kinda stuck waiting while all this was happening. Tom Evans, Honnold, Ben the ranger , me, others all witnessing a grim scenario and trying to understand.. trying to figure it as it happened. Werner and George Lowe showed up too. Cheyne stopped by then called in and joined in the rescue/recovery. I'll perhaps post more tomorrow. The scenario as best was understood is previously reported on this thread.

For now my most sincere and inadequate condolences to his partner and family.

Sad in Reno

Social climber
Salt Lake City
May 19, 2013 - 10:59pm PT
Jim, George and Mark,
Glad you guys are OK.
Bummer for all.
Robert L

May 19, 2013 - 11:03pm PT
Friends to the man brought down
And to the hurt that such coils-up
Was to be thinking of Micah, Johnny and Wade tomorrow
Need to get another candle

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
May 19, 2013 - 11:16pm PT
My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

And I am very glad that Jim & crew are all OK!

Trad climber
Nedsterdam CO
May 19, 2013 - 11:32pm PT

Condolences to the loved ones. YOSAR earned their keep today.

Social climber
granada hills
May 19, 2013 - 11:37pm PT
Very sad. Condolences to the family and friends. RIP.


May 19, 2013 - 11:43pm PT
It was a bad one.

Just as Elcap pirate and Pete were saying.

I'm too tired to say much at this moment as we've been pulling ropes for hours.

Tom I think will post his photos any minute now.

Trad climber
San Diego
May 19, 2013 - 11:49pm PT
Thank you for what you do Werner.

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
May 19, 2013 - 11:49pm PT
Bad news. Only consolation is that more folks were not taken out by the rocks.


Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
May 19, 2013 - 11:54pm PT
Thank you, Werner...

hard to deal with the loses...

as posted elsewhere, Bev Johnson told me a few days before the helicopter crash:

In our last conversation we were commiserating about losing one of our friends on an Alaskan Peak. Her comment to me as we rang off was, 'Live every day to the fullest, as you never know when it might be your last!'
james Colborn

Trad climber
Truckee, Ca
May 20, 2013 - 12:20am PT
I was in El Cap meadow this afternoon with my family and watched the helicopters and rescue personnel. I sat hoping for the best worst case scenario. Thinking that these pros are going to pull the victim from the heights of the Captain and he/she would have a thriller of a story to tell. I asked a tourist if I could use their binoculars to take a closer look up the muir. I found the victim below his/her partner and closed my eyes and laid in the meadow holding my son in my arms thinking of a sons father or a daughters mother. My condolences to family and friends of both the victim and his/her partner.

May 20, 2013 - 12:24am PT
In all my 18 years of photographing ElCap I have never seen such a grisly, terrible scene.
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