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Boulder climber
Mar 24, 2014 - 02:14am PT
Go in Peace my Friend. . .
Go in Peace my Friend. . .
Credit: Dean Fidelman
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Mar 24, 2014 - 02:30am PT
super mega-sad day for the world;........Sean was often at the old "Gordon Ranch" back before I was married and had my own family;.......He was loved and respected by all; amazing human. I am so very very very sorry to hear this. Rest in peace, my will be greatly missed..

Mar 24, 2014 - 03:55am PT
I have very mixed feelings about my friends who jump off things with parachutes.

Glad to have met you, Stanley.

flashing Crush The Skull in Millcreek...


Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Mar 24, 2014 - 04:14am PT
Very sad news, condolences and prayers for Sean's family, and all of his friends.

May his spirit continue to soar in the high and wild places...

Trad climber
Mar 24, 2014 - 06:08am PT

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and melt into the sun.
And what is it to cease breathing but to free the breath from its restless tides.
That it may rise and expand and seek God unemcumbered.
Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth reclaims your limbs, then shall you truely dance.

Kahlil Gibran
Scout 2

Trad climber
Mar 24, 2014 - 06:21am PT
Its a sad Day to be missing an amazing guy.I remember hanging at the bridge many a time talking to him seeing all the amzing things he's done and was so unasuming and humble. What a great spirit. we will all miss.
Condolence to all and especialy his family.

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Mar 24, 2014 - 09:18am PT
sean gave the sun a reason to rise.
now that he's gone,
we gotta carry that chariot.

first forward,
then in all directions at once.

take care of the day in front of you,
as sean would have.

Mar 24, 2014 - 09:19am PT
Im going to miss Sean he was always so kind and nice. If you did not know him and his adventures you would have never known how incredible he was but those were as Chris said on the face book post a small fraction of his being.

Hank im sorry i miss read your other thread and posted on that thread. Im sorry for your other friend.

While sadness overwhelms me I am also pissed. He was about to enjoy the biggest climb of his life. Fatherhood.


Mar 24, 2014 - 09:44am PT
Sean was one of the nicest people out there.

Soda Springs, CA
Mar 24, 2014 - 10:00am PT
Super bummed...a very nice, soulful man. Very sad that his unborn kid will never know him. I was honored to support him some years back when Roberta died... I know that he has many loved ones feeling that kind of anguish now...

Here he is, last autumn, doing another lap on the Nose with Mayan Gobat-Smith, setting the mixed record in some 4 hours plus change...They passed about 7 parties in 20 minutes, including Eric Perlman and I doing our very long day, old guy ascent. He still had time, not breathing hard or anything, to greet me warmly, ask what was new, say hi to my son, then a few minutes later they were hundreds of feet away...

RIP you were one of the really great ones.
Credit: Eric Perlman

Trad climber
Mar 24, 2014 - 10:08am PT
Goddamit another senseless tragedy


I feel terrible for his loved ones especially his son who will never know him

Be strong

Big Wall climber
Mar 24, 2014 - 10:11am PT
This one hurts really bad. RIP, Stanley.

Mar 24, 2014 - 10:15am PT
I'm crushed.
He was a real man...
Sweet, sensitive, intelligent, goofy, and a total, total badass at living this life.
My memories date back 20 years to the month.
If u had Stanley belaying u, there was no stopping. So much energy flowing.
And he taught me so much about fear (or how to dance around it).
So generous with his time and love for all things.
Driving back from Tuolumne, after climbing Acapulco Gold, we stopped on the side of the road
to pick Scarlet Penstamens for his girlfriend.
That was Sean. Crushing the rock, and our hearts in the same breath.
Thank u for showing me the path.
Sean will be so very missed.
Truly "one of the great ones"
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Mar 24, 2014 - 10:17am PT
RIP and condolences.

Trad climber
Mar 24, 2014 - 10:23am PT
Stanley photographed By Roberta Nunes, circa 2005
Stanley photographed By Roberta Nunes, circa 2005
Credit: cmarc
The world awoke sadder. Even thousands of miles away, here in Brazil, will miss the sagacity and humility. Thanks for all the inspiration, always. Give a huge hug to Roberta. Fly free, Stanley.


Mar 24, 2014 - 10:26am PT
Does anyone have advice or experience in setting up a trust for Mika and his unborn child?

Mar 24, 2014 - 10:29am PT
After Roberta died Bean (Bowers) brought Sean up to the Tetons to escape and rest for a bit. I recall doing the East Ridge of the Grand with him. Few times have I climbed with a climber so fluid, fast and graceful. As we walked in the dark, in between the noise of our heavy up-hill breathing I could hear something strange. It was Sean that was sobbing, still grieving Roberta very hard. I tried to be a good friend to him that day, not sure I succeeded. I will remember that day fondly. Very sorry to see him go.

Go in peace Sean and give a big hug to both Roberta and Bean for me.

Sport climber
Mar 24, 2014 - 10:30am PT
My condolences to his family, and friends.

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Mar 24, 2014 - 10:44am PT
Very sad to hear this, his grandfather was a doctor of mine, in my town. A very good orthopedic surgeon who passed away 2 years ago. I never knew Sean but my heart goes out to his family.

Boulder, CO
Mar 24, 2014 - 10:48am PT
Ugh... what a harsh way to start my week. RIP bro...
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