Fatality on Snake Dike 11/8/15


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Stevee B

Trad climber
Oakland, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 9, 2015 - 11:15pm PT
Does anyone know more? I just heard from a grief-stricken friend of the deceased but his details were foggy. It sounded like a 100' fall but by a follower in a group of three, with snow on route perhaps playing a role. Sincere condolences and comfort to friends and family, I am so sorry for your loss.
looks easy from here

Ben Lomond, CA
Nov 10, 2015 - 01:43am PT
Wow, that's terrible. I was hoping to make a push up there that day, but iffy weather forecasts and concerns of lingering snowmelt scared me off.
Delhi Dog

Good Question...
Nov 10, 2015 - 05:34am PT
Ah, two obits so close to each other...
so sad and sorry

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Nov 10, 2015 - 06:31am PT
Very sorry to read this.

My condolences to everyone involved.

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Nov 10, 2015 - 07:05am PT
Whatever the details, Angela was an amazing individual and I'm shocked that this happened. She was at my birthday challenge at the pinnacles and was such a positive, wonderful person to be around. Condolences to her friends and family. F*#k this is so sad.

Trad climber
Nov 10, 2015 - 07:57am PT
Dam#, sorry to hear this RIP.

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Nov 10, 2015 - 08:21am PT
Sad sad news...

Sincere Condolences to her Friends and Family.


Nov 10, 2015 - 08:30am PT
condolescences-- the last two weeks has seen too many accidents and deaths!

Am I reading this correctly-- the climber took a 100ft fall while following?


fist clamp
Nov 10, 2015 - 08:58am PT

Social climber
Nov 10, 2015 - 09:15am PT
Was this the group that posted on MP about not using the rope they had to leave due to the FF2? Sorry to hear she didn't make it.

Nov 10, 2015 - 09:17am PT
canyoncat-- the fatality in this thread is different from the fall-factor 2 incident the weekend before.
looks easy from here

Ben Lomond, CA
Nov 10, 2015 - 09:27am PT
Is the fatality related to this thread:

Nov 4 Snake Dike and Snowmelt Thread


No. I decided against going.

It's gave me a weird feeling to think about how close I was to being at the same place at about the same time as this accident.

Social climber
Nov 10, 2015 - 12:00pm PT
hey there say, all... and the family and loved ones...

very sad to hear this...

condolences and prayers, as you move onward, without your loved one... :(

karodrinker, you had that special time, thank you for sharing what
a wonderful gal she was... :(

Trad climber
Upland, CA
Nov 10, 2015 - 02:27pm PT
This is really awful.

If there is something to be learned from this, at some point it would be helpful to hear more details about what happened. If not here, a report from those involved to ACcidents in NA Mountaineering.

My sincere condolences to family and friends.

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Nov 10, 2015 - 02:35pm PT
Oh no! Another sad day for climbers. Peace to family and friends.

As I recall the first pitch is about 100'. Perhaps something went terribly wrong at the belay.
cat t.

Nov 10, 2015 - 02:50pm PT
From fuzzy fifth-hand info it seemed the accident happened on the descent, but I have no idea if that info was correct. Speculation probably isn't too productive without more details. [Edit: apparently not the case, see karodrinker's post on page 2]

Condolences to family and friends; this is terrible news. It's been a rough few weeks.

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Nov 10, 2015 - 03:07pm PT
Awful news again. My condolences to all who knew her.


some eastside hovel
Nov 10, 2015 - 03:46pm PT
So sad. Condolences to friends and family.

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Nov 10, 2015 - 04:12pm PT
I'm sorry for the family and friends of this person. Words will always pale in comparison to the presence or absence of a life.

I have no information about this tragedy or whether this is what happened, but awareness of the following scenario might save someone else from a tragedy.

On steep descents where the person leading effectively has a toprope, it's easy to get "in the zone" moving quickly into more and more sketchy down-climbing while placing little or no pro. The follower, who may be equal to or even slower/weaker/less experienced than the leader, is then in the position of down-soloing where the leader had the mental comfort of a top-rope. With pressure to get off quickly (tired/cold/thirsty/weather/etc), it's very easy to see how something like this could happen. Very treacherous possibility on the halfdome descent when cables down, especially with icy conditions.

Nov 10, 2015 - 04:18pm PT
So sorry to hear this
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