ALERT - Missing climber - Thunderbolt to Sill Traverse


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Social climber
Aug 12, 2017 - 08:52pm PT
I wondered about that myself. Not the age so much, but the weight, and height.

When you are in shape and have muscle instead of blubber that is a very realistic weight.

Paso Robles, CA
Aug 13, 2017 - 05:47pm PT
Personnel from the Inyo County Search and Rescue Team located the remains of a climber yesterday near the base of Thunderbolt Peak, on the Inyo National Forest side of the border with Kings Canyon National Park. While confirmation is pending, the body is believed to be that of Thomas Fennessy, reported missing in the area on Thursday, August 10.

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks have been conducting joint search operations since Thursday. California Highway Patrol aircraft from Victorville and Fresno regions also provided assistance. Due to the highly technical nature of the terrain, assistance in searching for the missing party was solicited from the local climbing community as well.

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks would like offer their deepest condolences to the climber’s family and friends.

A further update will be released upon official confirmation of the deceased individual’s identity.

Just Livin' the Dream...
Aug 13, 2017 - 06:18pm PT
Deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Aug 13, 2017 - 07:45pm PT
Sad news.

Social climber
Aug 13, 2017 - 09:12pm PT
hey there say, dear family, my condolences, to you, and the loved ones, as to this sad loss...


Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
Aug 13, 2017 - 09:39pm PT
As they say: "but but for the grace of God go I." My deepest condolences to friends and family. I sweat at night at these because my name and situation may have easily been right here as such. I took way too many more chances and risks than I should have. Be careful out there. The mountain doesn't care. But, we do.

some eastside hovel
Aug 14, 2017 - 07:37am PT
I was really hoping for a positive outcome. Condolences to all family and friends.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Aug 14, 2017 - 07:47am PT
Condolences to friends and family. I lost a friend to a rappelling accident on Thunderbolt in the 1990s. But for the grace of god go I.
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Aug 14, 2017 - 11:47am PT
but for the grace of God go I.
Amen brother. We've all been there, and may be again. Tragedies like this hit close to home. The guy was close in age, probably went by himself because his old buddies are busy with families and careers, or no longer have the time to climb, etc. Kind of like Al Kwok, who passed earlier this summer under similar circumstances. Very sad.

My sincere condolences to his family and friends. As always, much respect to SAR for giving his family closure and bringing him home.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Aug 14, 2017 - 04:49pm PT
Al Kwok's fatal accident was in September 2016, solo climbing on the SW Face of Deerhorn Mountain in Kings Canyon National Park.

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Aug 14, 2017 - 05:12pm PT
So sad.... this could be almost anyone of us who go to the mountains.

My sincere condolences to Tom's Family and Friends.

Thanks again to SAR and all the folks who worked hard to bring him home.
Bad Climber

Trad climber
The Lawless Border Regions
Aug 14, 2017 - 05:17pm PT
Yeah, I'm with Guyman and the others. We have ALL been in this guy's shoes. Condolences to the friends and family.


Trad climber
Erik O. Auburn, CA
Aug 14, 2017 - 05:30pm PT
Sad news. Good thoughts going out to family and friends.
Spencer Lennard

Trad climber
Williams, Oregon
Aug 16, 2017 - 10:42am PT
dang, thats' a narly place to be by oneself....hope he is okay

Social climber
Aug 16, 2017 - 10:48am PT deepest condolences to his friends and family.

Aug 16, 2017 - 11:15am PT
Condolences to friends and family.

On a side note-- I find it interesting how the supertopo response to climbing accidents differs in its empathy level, depending on who the victim is.

Generally speaking, when the victim resembles the average supertopo poster (older, male), such as in this case, there is a lot of empathy, and very little victim-blaming.

When the victim is younger, there is generally a lot more victim-blaming (soloing is reckless, they weren't experienced enough, etc...).


Trad climber
Kalispell, Montana
Aug 16, 2017 - 11:22am PT
What is it with you Matt's? You keep reaching for something. This isn't the thread I know, to hi-jack and I won't reply again, so why don't we take this outside?


Aug 16, 2017 - 11:23am PT
not trying to hijack. I think its good how much empathy is shown in this thread. I wish that more of the accidents threads were like this. I know I've been been guilty of victim-blaming...


Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Aug 16, 2017 - 04:06pm PT
So sad a great adventure ended this way.

Rest in Peace.
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