Brenton Wright RIP


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Hobart, Australia
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 11, 2014 - 04:10pm PT
Does anyone here know Brenton Wright of Chicago, who was found dead on Thursday after a fall in the Sierras recently?

Apparently he worked for my cousin who is the artistic director for the Court Theatre in Chicago, and the community there is quite distraught with the news. I am looking for a little more information to relay to my cousin.

Very sad news.

(from Mountain Project)--Official statement:
On 08-06-2014, the Inyo County Sheriff's Office was contacted by a local packer who reported an abandoned campsite near Third Lake in the North Fork of Big Pine Creek. Deputies learned that the camp belonged to 27-year-old Chicago resident Brenton Wright, who had been in the Eastern Sierra for one month solo climbing various classic mountain routes. Further investigation revealed a recent itinerary: on 7-30-2014, he entered the Palisades region with the intention of linking the Temple-Gayley-Sill traverse with the Sill-Thunderbolt traverse. He never returned.

The Inyo County Search and Rescue Team was called upon to locate Wright in this massive area of technical terrain. California Highway Patrol Helicopter H-80 out of Apple Valley responded to provide aerial reconnaissance and troop transport. On the first flight, Wright was located approximately nine hundred feet above the base of Temple Crag between the Venusian Blind and Moon Goddess Arete routes. Five SAR members with technical climbing gear were inserted at Third Lake; they hiked and climbed over fifth class terrain for two hours to reach the subject. The team determined that Wright had fallen nearly five hundred feet and sustained fatal injuries.

Sequoia Kings National Park Helicopter 552 responded to assist the technical team in recovering the subject via long line. Four rappels and seven miles of hiking remained for the Inyo SAR volunteers, who returned to the trailhead at 10:30pm.

The Inyo County Sheriff's Office would like to thank California Highway Patrol Helicopter H-80 Sequoia-Kings National Park for their assistance, and the families and employers of our SAR volunteers for their support.

Aug 11, 2014 - 04:21pm PT
Incredible effort by SAR. Sorry for his friends and family. Seems like a particularly unforgiving climbing year
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Aug 11, 2014 - 04:29pm PT
I don't know him. Sorry to hear about the fatality.
I updated the old thread I started:
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Aug 11, 2014 - 04:42pm PT
RIP and condolences.

Gym climber
Great White North
Aug 11, 2014 - 05:00pm PT
Now that's sad...

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Aug 11, 2014 - 05:03pm PT
Rest in peace brother.

Credit: survival

Trad climber
Aug 11, 2014 - 05:14pm PT
Sad news.
Big Mike

Trad climber
Aug 11, 2014 - 06:10pm PT

My condolences to family and friends.

Trad climber
Aug 11, 2014 - 06:22pm PT
Thanks for letting us know, duece. He was a young guy. Very sad.
this just in

north fork
Aug 11, 2014 - 07:40pm PT
Best thoughts to those who knew him.

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Aug 12, 2014 - 08:37am PT
My sincere condolences to all his family and friends.


Social climber
Santa Cruz
Aug 19, 2014 - 06:57pm PT
met him a couple of times this season at climber's coffee in the meadows...he was doing a solo circuit, the usual suspects, Cathedral, Tenaya, Emerson, etc...
very nice young man...
very sad....
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