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SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
May 27, 2013 - 12:28pm PT
Memorial Day bump

Susan
landcruiserbob

Trad climber
PUAKO, BIG ISLAND Kohala Coast
May 27, 2013 - 03:15pm PT
Isn't climbing about the unknown?

Rest brother


Aloha and be well

RG
Hoots

climber
Toyota Tacoma
May 28, 2013 - 02:43pm PT
Credit: Hoots

After I heard about this I looked through some photos that Tom took of our ascent around this time last year, and found this one with the belay, and that gnarly block sitting right at my feet. The block that pulled is just out of view inside the corner. I do believe that block was well off route, and most people have and will continue to easily avoid it to the left, but being heads up about the block just getting to that belay is still quite important.

michael robison

Social climber
columbia falls montana
May 29, 2013 - 10:44am PT
Realize that each individual person does make a difference because one person influences the next and so on until everyone has been influenced by each other and that, in the end, is what makes up our country, our humanity, and our lives, Mason Robison's journals,

See ya all in oct
ionlyski

Trad climber
Kalispell, Montana
May 29, 2013 - 11:21am PT
Hi Michael,

Sorry for your loss and sorry I missed you on Saturday at Cfalls.

What's going on in October?

Arne Boveng
michael robison

Social climber
columbia falls montana
May 29, 2013 - 11:33am PT
Headed to Yosemite for 10 days Starting on oct. 1st. My parents have never been there. Anyone is welcome to meet us their. I'll know more later Cheers to all
elcap-pics

Big Wall climber
Crestline CA
May 29, 2013 - 11:38am PT
Be sure to stop by the Bridge to say hi.
Double D

climber
May 31, 2013 - 12:50pm PT
Such a tragedy... my condolences to all of his family and friends. I've never been a fan of static haul lines for this very reason. They only save about 20 feet of hauling and can't act as a back up in a situation like this. Just my 2 cents as an old fart...
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
May 31, 2013 - 12:55pm PT
If it's true that Mason had the haul line attached to a chest harness independant of his sit harness, I don't think dynamic or static would really make a difference.

Rip Brother!
telemon01

Trad climber
Montana
May 31, 2013 - 02:44pm PT
Mason did not have the haul line attached to his chest harness. His haul line, 9.5mm static, was attached to the haul loop on the back of his harness.
The 7mm dynamic tag line was attached to a gear loop on his waist harness. His chest harness was used for racking only.

Because he was found upright, tangled in his lines,there was an assumption that his haul line was attached to his chest harness. It never was.
irene+

Trad climber
Chamonix, France
Jun 1, 2013 - 04:00am PT
Didn't know Mason, personally, not even virtually, but was very saddened when I read about his accident and death - especially since it very much seems he was a very experienced all-around climber, having under his belt a few rope-solos of ElCap. (got to watch some videos on his youtube channel)

No matter how safe/cautious/experienced someone is, you never know when your time comes, it could be tomorrow or a few decades away, it could be climbing or leukemia or a car accident - such is life and death...

As it is said 'death does not come alone' - in a span of 24h, I learned from the FB feed about 3 !!! deadly climbing accidents - one was Mason, one was the Tahquitz rappel, and another one was a snowboarder who fell 3000ft to his death on the Aiguille du Midi exit ridge, in a bad storm and extreme winds.

Less than 24 hours before reading about these 3 accidents, one of my closest partners here in Chamonix had been rescued by a complete miracle after having spent almost 4 days in a snow cave crevasse near the top of Aiguille Verte...and 24 hours after reading about these accidents, just by going to the supermarket, I witnessed a body on the ground covered with white sheets, and the police/ambulance...

My thoughts towards the friends and family of Mason, and anyone who might have just shared a rope once with him.
Axis

climber
San Jose, CA
Jun 3, 2013 - 03:43pm PT
Just out from Yosem Public Affairs...

Rock Climber Dies in Yosemite National Park

Climber Dislodged Rock that Strikes Climbing Partner

A twenty eight year old climber died in a rock climbing accident on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park yesterday afternoon, Sunday, June 2, 2013. Felix Joseph Kiernan, from London, England, was climbing on the East Buttress of El Capitan, a popular climbing route in Yosemite Valley, when he was struck by a rock.

Kiernan and his climbing partner were approximately 600 feet up the climbing route when a loose block was dislodged. The block, estimated to be one foot by two feet, fell approximately 150 feet before striking Kiernan and causing fatal injuries. The incident occurred at approximately 2:00 p.m.

A second party climbing just below Kiernan immediately called the Yosemite Emergency Communication Center via cell phone and reported the incident. Yosemite Park Rangers and Yosemite Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel were immediately dispatched to El Capitan where they began climbing the route to reach the climbing party.

Park Rangers reached Kiernan around 4:00 p.m. and pronounced him deceased. A California Highway Patrol (CHP) helicopter, H-40, and the park’s helicopter, Helicopter 551, assisted in the incident by inserting Park Rangers and rescue equipment onto the wall and hoisting the victim to Yosemite Valley. Park Rangers rappelled the route with Kiernan's partner and the second climbing party.

-NPS-


michaeld

Sport climber
Sacramento
Jun 3, 2013 - 03:48pm PT
Bummer. RIP
renzo

Trad climber
Whitefish Mt
Jun 3, 2013 - 04:47pm PT
Thanks Werner and all of the YOSAR bunch for taking care of my good bud Marc, he is doing well and happy to be with his family. Thanks Jim and Madaline for giving him comfort.
Larry Bruce
Stevethefolkie

Trad climber
Abbottstown, PA
Jun 3, 2013 - 06:29pm PT
Traditionally mountains were seen as barriers - to trade - to interaction - to learning. Those who ventured into the mountains were seen to be on a quest, for some sort of spiritual enlightenment. Monasteries were created in the mountains to allow for separation from the world, folks isolated themselves into the mountains to escape the pressure of every day life and those with a spirit of adventure went to the mountains to get above the fray of every day life.
The quest for spiritual enlightenment is often fraught with peril, and who among us who has seen the heights, who's cleaned that move, who's come through that "near miss" or has been belayed beautifully by a friend hasn't felt that sense of oneness with the universe? Isn't that why we head to the high country?
When a climber passes doing what he / she loves to do I'd like to believe that in the last instant of their fragile existence they find what they were seeking. It may be transient, and it may not help those of us left behind, but I really believe that it's true.
No, I'm not religious by any stretch of the imagination, but I do feel a spiritual connection to the earth when I climb - I know I could be taken at any time - but I accept the danger for the enlightenment that I find.
I hope that all those impacted by the events of this past week find solace and comfort - and keep climbing.

Peace

Steve
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jun 3, 2013 - 06:37pm PT
Larry Bruce...

I didn't know renzo was you! Hope you're doing well, and once again, condolences for your friend.

Your bud from way back when,

Kevin
renzo

Trad climber
Whitefish Mt
Jun 3, 2013 - 10:19pm PT
Thanks Kevin, great to hear from you. Hearing from old friends from the loss of Mason would make Mason very Happy.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jun 4, 2013 - 10:52pm PT
From elcappic's Tom Evans.

In this spot (15 feet left and a bit below the heart) Mason Robison came to rest

Know that the one you loved is honored

Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Jun 4, 2013 - 10:58pm PT
Link (and commentary) for pic above:

http://www.elcapreport.com/content/elcap-report-6413
10b4me

Social climber
Jun 6, 2013 - 10:24am PT
http://www.alpinist.com/doc/web13s/feature-death-on-yosemite-muir-wall
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