P.J.O'Connell ~ RIP March 23rd, 2006 ~ While riding his bike.
An wonderfully impressive and caring individual to his wife Carolyn; his children, Kathleen - Ellen - Mike - Dan - Joe & Shannon; his friends to numorous to mention; and his climbing companions in the Sierra C3 Club and the Arizona Mountaineering Club.
P.J. - I'm even more impressed to discover you were 70-something -- I figured 50...possibly. We will all miss you but thank you for leaving us such an inspiration of strength behind.
I received a call from a beach and sailing day’s friend. Had not seen her for years, so I was even more surprised when the reason she called was Raleigh landed in her Palm Springs Pool. I did not know that Raleigh after the film gig on EL Cap started hang gliding and base jumping
I met this young man at Jtree a few years ago.
I was cruising the loop at HVCG on my motorcycle and looking for a site. I stopped and asked a young couple if they were leaving that night. Charlie walked up to me, extended a hand and asked me if I would mind sharing the site with him and his partner.
I stayed for 4 days with Charlie and his girlfriend Kristina. They were great company. They were down from Washington state and soon they were both returning to school. They asked me to take them on some classics and I was only too happy to oblige these eager and friendly climbers. Charlie was strong and was soon leading at my ability, although he had told me he had only been climbing a couple of years. He was a bold and fearless leader and was always a good belayer. We went on night climbs and stayed up late by the fire talking of past and future adventures.
Charlie was a bright, witty, strong young man. He was full of positive enegy. He was passionate about climbing and life in general. He was fearless.
When I left for home we assured eachother we would head out to the valley for some "big things" soon.
Charlie emailed me a few months later and asked me to join him on his first bigwall on the column. I was too busy working and did not make it.
I regret not going.
I read of Charlie's death here on this thread today.
I am so very sorry to hear this news.
Rest in peace my friend, you are in my thoughts.