Fatality on Snake Dike 11/8/15


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Boulder climber
Nov 10, 2015 - 04:19pm PT
Oh man I'm really sorry to hear that. My condolences to family and friends.

Be careful which neural pathways we carve in our brains people. There's more than one way to live an authentic life.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Nov 10, 2015 - 05:54pm PT
A life gone. Loved ones, family and friends grieve. Our love and prayers go out to each one of you. Some of us can identify with your loss and it's beyond hard, beyond difficult. It's the biggest challenge of a lifetime. We are keeping you all in our hearts. lynnie

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Nov 10, 2015 - 10:06pm PT
Just had a really difficult few hours with the climbers she was with. They told the whole story, unfortunately Angela simply didn't clip in to the 3rd pitch anchor properly, leaned back, and fell to her death. Really hard to process this, it's just so sad, such a simple mistake, a half second mistake, and it cost her everything.

The Good Places
Nov 10, 2015 - 10:08pm PT
Let the sharing of this knowledge dissipate your pain, KD, and that of the others. Thank you for sharing this deafeningly costly reminder.

Trad climber
Upland, CA
Nov 10, 2015 - 10:40pm PT
Thank you for the information, karo. I'm sure her partners must be in agony right now. They are in my prayers tonight. Rest in peace.

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Nov 11, 2015 - 06:21am PT
So sorry to hear this. What a sad day. Thank you for sharing details Karodrinker. That must have been difficult to hear first hand what happened with your friends. Stay diligent out there friends.


Trad climber
Nov 11, 2015 - 06:28am PT

Sad and painful. Loving thoughts for her family and friends.

Marc Venery
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, A sailboat, or some time zone
Nov 11, 2015 - 08:05am PT
What profound heartache.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 11, 2015 - 09:05am PT
My most sincere condolence to Angela's friends and family.

4 Corners Area
Nov 11, 2015 - 10:01am PT
Oh no.

Does anyone have a link to a press release or anything? Last name?

Social climber
Nov 11, 2015 - 01:02pm PT
Rest in peace Angela. Rest in Peace.

Trad climber
New England
Nov 11, 2015 - 04:24pm PT
Ugh. Very sorry to hear about this.

I didn't know anyone involved, but sometimes things really hit home. So crazy that a life is gone because of one second of inattentiveness. We've all done it.

Be careful out there.

Trad climber
Nov 11, 2015 - 05:29pm PT
So sorry to hear this!

To share my own story, this almost happened to me once on Z-Tree in Tuolumne. We were setting up an emergency rappel from the second pitch because of a thunderstorm.

My climbing partner was full of verve and ego, but not particularly experienced. I was honestly a little worried that he might make a careless mistake in an attempt to impress me. So, as I set up the rappel, I also checked and double-checked his safety. Things were going well when I randomly glanced down and realized that I was not attached to the anchor. There I was, standing on my tiptoes on a steep slab, with no protection but the bitter end of the rope.

In my efforts to make sure that my partner was safe, I had forgotten all about myself. I gingerly clipped myself in, and calmly finished the business of setting up the rappel. We got down safely, and congratulated ourselves on a job well done.

But after I had a few hours to process, I was hit with a hard case of weak knees. I came close that day - closer than I ever have. I still think about it at almost every belay.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Nov 11, 2015 - 06:32pm PT
How tragic and sad. Be careful up there, it's DANGEROUS!

Check, double check, triple check. Always always always.

Condolences to Angela's friends and family.

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Nov 11, 2015 - 07:48pm PT
Larry Nelson

Social climber
Nov 11, 2015 - 08:14pm PT
Damn, such a lovely young lady.
Condolences to all family and friends.

One short moment, one large loss. So sad.

Nov 11, 2015 - 09:21pm PT
quote -
"We've all done it."

Indeed. More than once. I remember rapping from the Oasis on the Apron once. We had decided we'd do 2 parties of 2 so that we would have 2 ropes to rap off of. We didn't get an early start, and it's @ 2000 feet of climbing, a full fvalue day much like Snake Dike. As we got up to the Oasis we realized that there was not a single headlamp in the party and the sun was close to the horizon. BUT, if we rushed, we figured that we could get down right after dark. We were zinging so fast. Bam bam bam. Military precision. About the 5th or 6 of the 14 or whatever raps the 4 of us had to do, I jumped off and was totally unclipped. The guy next to me spotted it, grabbed my sh#t and clipped me in. Just a moment and my life would have ended. We were on the ground exactly 45 min by the watch after we started, just as twilight hit.

No words do I have for this young woman's passing, but I feel deeply for her family and friends and wish them well in this terrible time. We all live close to the line in this game, and but a moments hesitation there go I. Sorry to see it occur for one so young and full of life.

Best to all

Gym climber
Nov 11, 2015 - 09:34pm PT
A kid.


Trad climber
Nov 12, 2015 - 04:00am PT
Check yourself, check twice, check your partner and give your tie-in a good yank. Tie knots in the end of the rope and always carry a headlamp. These things have to become ingrained habits. Been on the brink myself a few times as have my partners. But for the grace of god.


Trad climber
No. Tahoe
Nov 12, 2015 - 07:09am PT
So very sad. What a beautiful young woman. I can't imagine the grief her family and friends are suffering.
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