Todd Skinner dies on Leaning Tower.


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John Galt

Big Wall climber
puerta Natales, Chile
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 24, 2006 - 12:13am PT
I heard today that Todd Skinner died today while working to free climb on the Leaning Tower. His partner was Jimmy Chin.

I do not know any other details.

very sad.

Big Wall climber
Reno NV
Oct 24, 2006 - 12:14am PT
WHAT? I hope this is a troll.

Edit: Werner, say it ain't so.

right here, right now
Oct 24, 2006 - 12:18am PT

Big Wall climber
Stoney Point
Oct 24, 2006 - 12:18am PT
So where did you hear this?


Trad climber
From a Quiet Place by the Lake
Oct 24, 2006 - 12:19am PT
I agree is this true?

Big Wall climber
Stoney Point
Oct 24, 2006 - 12:46am PT
I figure we need to get the name right if true.

climber a single wide......
Oct 24, 2006 - 01:05am PT
I think *John Galt* is Hans F.

edit- prayers for a fallen peace warrior

Trad climber
Someplace F*#ked!
Oct 24, 2006 - 01:07am PT

Holy sh#t

(For one, someone needs to tell him it's Puerto Natales, not Puerta (frikin Gringo))


Big Wall climber
Stoney Point
Oct 24, 2006 - 01:10am PT
Very Sad

Trad climber
Oct 24, 2006 - 01:11am PT
EDIT: Well it looks like our worst fears are being realized and I too have deleted my previous skeptical message and am substituting in this edit.

This is very sad news. His family has my sincere condolences. I remember reading a lot about Todd in the mags, way back when I was starting out. He was a hero to me.

If the family has been notified, I can not find any fault with posting this. Thanks for correcting the name.

P.S. I am shocked and in disbelief. I was so hoping this was a troll.

Big Wall climber
Stoney Point
Oct 24, 2006 - 01:17am PT
Yeah, Delete the thread!
bad knots

Oct 24, 2006 - 01:35am PT
This is my first post here, so there's no reason to give me any cred, but you're going to hear that it's true. I spoke to Todd's wife - an old friend - just briefly tonight. I don't know about Jimmy Chin and I didn't get any details - it was a condolance call. But the family and friends know, and are devestated. TIme to start putting out some kind thoughts and maybe take a quiet moment of reflection.

Oct 24, 2006 - 01:44am PT
Well, although it still might be a troll, I've retracted my skeptical posts above in favor of a simple...

How very sad.


Oct 24, 2006 - 01:47am PT
Just got back,

Sadly it is true. It is not a hoax.

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Oct 24, 2006 - 01:51am PT

Truckee, CA
Oct 24, 2006 - 01:54am PT
oh no, so sad.

Werner what happened?


Social climber
The West
Oct 24, 2006 - 01:55am PT
Very sad news. We had disagreements, but he was a good guy. He e-mailed me a few weeks ago out of the blue (we hadn't talked in over a year)to say hi and to let me know I could stay in his place outside of the valley whenever I wanted.
I'm very sorry to hear this.

Oct 24, 2006 - 01:56am PT
Peter don't know full details yet, we retrieved his body back to the Valley so far as of now.

The Valley rangers are investigating still.
susan peplow

Desperately Seeking Climbing Related Topic!!
Oct 24, 2006 - 01:56am PT
Todd was a pioneer who pushed the limits of himself and the climbing community. Choosing such a lifestyle comes with risks but I suspect he has had many many great rewards.

Truly a great loss for his friends, family and the climbing community.

Standing Strong

Mountain climber
1st star to the right & straight on 'til morning
Oct 24, 2006 - 02:02am PT
that's horrible. i'm so sorry to all of his family and friends. it's weird because as someone from a younger generation, i look up to those names and you don't really think of those climbers as mortal - just this weekend i was hanging out at the used bookstore, reading "modern rock climbing", and reflecting on how skinner was such a well rounded climber and how inspiring to me his accomplishments are.

my sincerest condolences to all of you who are family and friend to him, i'm so sorry for your loss.
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