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'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Sep 28, 2017 - 01:09am PT
I fear two more were completely buried under the rock fall. I observed two or three people walking at the base, and I saw the block falling because I happened to be tagging up some gear at the time.

I saw a hundred foot by 100 foot by 100 foot chunk of granite the size of an apartment building peel off two thousand feet above the deck, hit the wall a thousand feet up and shatter into a hundred thousand pieces that completely annihilated everything be nice. It is inconceivable the people I saw survived. If there was one Survivor apparently? I am also pretty sure I observed a body recovery.

If there are two people missing, it will be extremely difficult to recover them from beneath so much Rockfall.

This next paragraph is pure speculation. Our guess is that there are two people buried, and the third person who appeared to be a girl in an orange helmet was spared. A guy in a green shirt ran over from the Zodiac area and probably went up into the Rock fall to search for the people who were buried. Ryan shouted continually from the portaledge to stay away because more rock was going to come down. We think that the guy in the green shirt is the one who perished and was carried away by the rescue crew. But this is only a guess based on what we saw. It is a true blue big wall miracle that orange helmet girl survived not one rock fall but too. She must have some sort of hedge of protection around her.

The photo they chose was pretty inappropriate I thought too. Oh well. I do give the media permission to use any photographs and videos they want. I made the Facebook posts public so you guys can all go see them on Facebook right now.

Thanking God big time tonight. Still shaking.
Delhi Dog

Good Question...
Sep 28, 2017 - 01:55am PT
Geez that is a F8cked situation for everyone involved.
Sorry Pete you had to see any of it though it was probably wild to see.
You too just_hendo, glad you and your partner dodged the business end coming down.
Amazing how close we all live to the edge a lot of the time and don't even realize it.

My heart goes out to all involved.

The mountains really don't care. They have their life and it is being lived.
El Cap is just doing what it does.

Prompts to all SAR folks and those who are on the 'front line' helping and putting themselves at risk.

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Sep 28, 2017 - 03:10am PT
Glad you guys survived! Safer to go up and hike out rather than bail at this point????

Trad climber
Upland, CA
Sep 28, 2017 - 03:33am PT
My thoughts are with all the witnesses to this massive rockfall. You must all be reeling with the shock and trauma of it.

Oh those poor folks hit. It's tragic for their loved ones. RIP

Jim Henson's Basement
Sep 28, 2017 - 05:32am PT
This is really intense. Pete- I cant even imagine what it must be like to witness such a catastrophic event.

Condolences for the lost. Meh.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 28, 2017 - 05:45am PT

found on Google News this a.m.

"thirty climbers on the trail"--typical misunderstanding by anchor lady

Trad climber
Valles Marineris
Sep 28, 2017 - 05:46am PT
Outrageous. I cannot even imagine being anywhere near something like that. I hiked up there in a rainstorm with my oldest daughter a few years ago and passed that spot twice that day. Brave rescuers.

Trad climber
Valles Marineris
Sep 28, 2017 - 05:48am PT
"thirty climbers on the trail"--typical misunderstanding by anchor lady

My dad, to this day, thinks I climb trails.

Trad climber
No. Tahoe
Sep 28, 2017 - 05:50am PT
PTPP, you've witnessed something few have, or will. Saw your video on the news. Terrifying, tragic.

Social climber
Sep 28, 2017 - 05:58am PT
Man o man, prayers to everyone near or directly involved in this event. :(

Trad climber
Ontario, Canada
Sep 28, 2017 - 06:35am PT
A horrible but entirely natural event, so why the need to bring Sky Daddy into this? What kind of God would squash some people with rocks but spare others?
My heart goes out to anyone injured or killed and their loved ones.

Garry Reiss
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Sep 28, 2017 - 06:35am PT
We dumped the water and are bailing to the summit!

Crankster - what news/tv? Spoken with ABC and NBC in New York, I think CBS, and good ol CBC.
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
Sep 28, 2017 - 07:25am PT
Garry, for many, it's just a figure of speech like - The soldier "crossed his fingers" he wouldn't step on a Bouncing Betty. For many others, it serves as a synonym of "hope". Such is our language.

Surreal, Pete.

climber's near nevada...
Sep 28, 2017 - 07:53am PT
...f*#k...that's massive...

My heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, SAR, everybody...


Big Wall climber
Ashland, Or
Sep 28, 2017 - 08:18am PT
It ain't over till ya hit the bridge Pete! Y'all get down safe today!

Social climber
Sep 28, 2017 - 08:33am PT
Exactly HFCS. The sky daddy you are referring to is not the intended recipient of my prayers and thoughts Garry. Those somehow involved with this event are though. Sorry for any confusion.
Nick Danger

Ice climber
Arvada, CO
Sep 28, 2017 - 09:07am PT
Condolences to all who were injured or killed by this tragedy. I am thankful that Pete and his party are OK. Massive Respect for YOSAR - commitment and courage! Please be safe out there people.

Sport climber
Sep 28, 2017 - 09:09am PT
Funny how touchy these weak "men" are when someone alludes to the use of religious means as comfort in a tragedy. Very telling.

Trad climber
Orange CA
Sep 28, 2017 - 09:12am PT
Good thing you're on a speed mission Pete

Mountain climber
Sep 28, 2017 - 09:28am PT
Lets face it if there really was a god PTPP would be gone and not those poor other fellows! I mean, now folks need to continue to suffer through his piano! Jesus save us all!
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