Quinn Brett Accident on the Nose


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Trad climber
La Cochitaville
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 14, 2017 - 11:49am PT

Quinn will have surgery here in Modesto on Monday. We have consulted with damn near every climber physician on the west coast and through them have spoken to some of the countries top neurosurgeons. (Our community is f*#king amazing at rallying!) Quinn is getting the best care possible.

She is surrounded by a gaggle of eager friends and her loving family that are totally sending when it comes to coordinating her care.

Quinn remains on large doses of pain meds and sleeps as much as the nurses and doctors will allow. But when awake she smiles and talks eagerly about wanting to get to work on starting rehab.

Please continue to send your love her way but if you want something more tangible, we finally have a fundraising site with various options up and running.


Quinn has insurance but with the complexity and duration of the care she has and will need, her medical and new life costs will be extraordinary.

And again, if you are friends with Quinn and wish to be kept up to date with her care, please email, FB message or text me, her brother or her boyfriend and we will send you an invite link to access her private CaringBridge page. If you have already done so but don't see the email, check your spam box. Other than the occasional BUMP for her fundraiser, I will mostly cease doing these public updates.

Much love and thanks to you all.

Social climber
Oct 14, 2017 - 01:35pm PT
hey there say, cliff... thanks, THAT was one that i did see, too...

also, thanks for the update, velvet...

Trad climber
La Cochitaville
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 14, 2017 - 01:40pm PT
Yes, it is Doctors Medical Center, apologies for misspeaking (typing?)

Quinn will be here till approximately Wednesday. Again, no flowers, food or latex balloons per hospital policy.


Oct 14, 2017 - 01:40pm PT
Hi Quinn,

A few years ago I was up at HD with my buddy Todd Johnson from Missouri. We saw you on the Nose a couple days earlier.. I remember saying to Todd "that chick is strong"! Then there you were up at HD no worse for wear! As I recall you were pretty quiet with a nice smile. You made an impression on myself and Todd on that trip!

My wife Lori and I are sending you positive healing energy!

Get well!


Oklahoma Tony

Thanks for the updates Libby.

Big Wall climber
Mariposa, CA
Oct 14, 2017 - 03:15pm PT
We love this woman. She is a true inspiration. Right now she needs our help. She will be undergoing a lengthy recovery which will also be costly. Her insurance is covering a good chunk of the cost of the emergency care, but the rehab process is going need support from the tribe. We want to get this woman out and after it, inspiring others again. Please do what you can. Every little bit counts! Thanks for all the love, prayers and support going out to Quinn.


Oct 14, 2017 - 05:00pm PT
I am typing this from the hospital with Quinn. My family and I can't thank you all enough for your actions and support over the last few days. Additionally, there are a number of people who played key roles that we would like to thank personally, because without your effort we would likely be looking at a significantly different landscape. We are extremely grateful to the following people:

Josie, for your quick thinking and your ability to leverage all of your experience to expedite Quinnís rescue. Despite all of your climbing, rigging, and rescue experience, I canít imagine it was easy for you to go through what you did with Quinn and still have the capacity to focus and immediately come to her aid. My family and I will be eternally grateful for everything that you have done. Thank you!

Libby, for dropping everything you were doing and being the first one here at the hospital with Quinn. Your support, boundless energy, drive, and ability to stay focused has been a tremendous asset. Also, thank you for all the time and effort you put into establishing the outreach and communication platforms. I have been in a daze since Wednesday, and I would still be spinning my wheels without your support. Thank you!

Rescue team (including YOSAR, pilots, spotters, and the rest of your support team), for your astounding skill and bravery. Since I was a child visiting Yosemite National Park in the 80ís, I have not only admired those strong enough to climb the great Yosemite walls, but also those who are brave AND strong enough to put themselves at risk while rescuing the climbers in need. Thank you!

Tom Evans, for your photography skills and overall contributions to the climbing community. I have followed your reports for years, admiring the quality of the images and amazing feats you captured through your lens. Quinn is modest and not much of a self-promotor, so your reports and photographs helped me keep tabs on my sister and witness her amazing adventures from afar. Iím grateful that you were in the valley last week and able to document the rescue. Your photographs capture not only the severity of the situation, but also the bravery off those who rescued her. Thank you!

There are many more people I have yet to thank, or thank again, but the ST community and those folks I wrote about above deserve special recognition.

Cory Brett

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Oct 14, 2017 - 06:19pm PT
Dear Quinn:

If you get to see this thread, and you need some comic relief:


1968 song "THE MIGHTY QUINN"

Their live performance is pretty funny!

Trad climber
kingfield, me
Oct 16, 2017 - 10:46am PT
Get better soon. This is tough to hear. Thanks for the updates.

Trad climber
Chatsworth, California
Oct 19, 2017 - 09:06pm PT
Love to Quinn.

Social climber
Oct 19, 2017 - 10:36pm PT
hey there say, all... if you get an updated address, please let us know

thank you, :)

Sport climber
Oct 20, 2017 - 02:03am PT
Maple canyon handstand
Maple canyon handstand
Credit: Lindzzz

Hey Quinn... I don't know you but we have a ton of mutual friends. I've been thinking so much about you and wanted to share a handstand photo in support of you, your recovery and amazing spirit. This is from maple 🍁 canyon a few years ago. Much love and strength to you on this crazy journey we call life.
Bad Climber

Trad climber
The Lawless Border Regions
Oct 20, 2017 - 08:18am PT
Bump. Pony up a few bucks, folks. Could be any of us.

Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Oct 20, 2017 - 07:57pm PT
How is Quinn doing today ?
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Oct 23, 2017 - 01:06pm PT
Bump https://www.youcaring.com/quinnbrett-980578

Oct 24, 2017 - 08:14pm PT
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Oct 25, 2017 - 08:49am PT
Whatís the difference between a Catholic priest and a zit?

A zit will wait until youíre twelve before it comes on your face.

:) have a great day!


Big Wall climber
Mariposa, CA
Oct 31, 2017 - 11:53pm PT
Here's an interview that Quinn did for Rock and Ice about the accident: http://rockandice.com/climbing-accidents/recovery-update-quinn-brett-100-foot-el-cap-fall/

Social climber
Nov 1, 2017 - 12:08am PT
hey there say, josie... thank you so very much...

hopes, prayers and the best, for her... :)
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 1, 2017 - 01:05am PT
Read the interview earlier today.

Quinn's got moxie and a lot of friends.

To be sure, I'm praying for 100% recovery.

Trad climber
Costa Mesa, CA
Nov 29, 2017 - 01:38pm PT
Quinn, we don't know each other... but I'm over here trying to manifest you a recover better than "best case." :)
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