J Tree Accident - GoFundMe for Bernadette


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Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 17, 2018 - 08:48am PT
Bernadette's sister posted this update on GoFundMe:

A quick update on my sister: Bern is stable today and is looking relatively good. They just told us that she might be moved from ICU to a trauma floor because she is stable.

Social climber
Sep 17, 2018 - 02:26pm PT
Let's help get her back on her feet

i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Sep 17, 2018 - 03:15pm PT
Cross posted this to mountainproject too.
jt newgard

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Sep 17, 2018 - 03:33pm PT
I met Bernadette on a very difficult day during a YOSAR operation.

Then a few months later ran into her at Joshua Tree and she offered to climb with me.

It was the first time I felt good about climbing in a long time and will always be grateful for that.

So.......get better Bernadette and see you at Climber Coffee :)

PS. Keep the donations coming people, she deserves every penny! Knowing Bernadette we may end up with some extra barrelfuls of coffee this year!!

Sport climber
Sep 17, 2018 - 05:09pm PT
Hi all,

I am Liz, Bern's sister.

1. I am so so so so so appreciative of the kind words of the people on this forum, on the GoFundMe, on Mountain Project, and in the private messages, voicemails and text messages that my family and I have received. There have been so many people reaching out and sharing their love for my sister, that, even in this terrible situation, we all feel so warmed. DustyDreamer got it right, she will be f*cking mortified over all of this, but I can only imagine how deeply cared for she will feel once it all sinks in.

2. Bern is doing better each day. There's no doubt that she is strong and will get through this. Her injuries are extensive but she is showing improvement. I do not want to list off her injuries because I will probably get something wrong.

3. She was not on duty when she fell. The NPS and her coworkers have been phenomenal and only showed their utmost support for her healing.

4. I am also not comfortable describing what happened. Although I am a climber (Bern taught me!), I was not there.

5. Lastly, as to the legitimacy of the GoFundMe, there will be many more expenses for Bern other than just medical bills. Bern's recovery time will be long and she will need much assistance in that time.

Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions. I will respond as soon as I can.

Thank you again.

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Sep 17, 2018 - 05:13pm PT
Thanks for the update epecknold. When would it be appropriate for Bern to start having visitors? I know when I had a climbing fall and was in the hospital for 50 days I lived off visits of my friends.


Sport climber
Sep 17, 2018 - 05:24pm PT
Hi Largo,

Bern has had a steady stream of visitors since she was hospitalized but because she is in ICU, there's a limitation to how many she can see. She's also still heavily sedated. When she gets out of ICU officially, I think it would make the most sense to visit at that point. I'll keep everyone posted on when that happens.

looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Lassitude 33
Sep 17, 2018 - 05:30pm PT
I am so sorry to have read this news; but am heartened to see that she is doing better. None of us are immune to a potential accident.

Bernadette is not only one of "the Tribe," but an incredibly hard working, conscientious person who has had a huge impact on the Joshua Tree climbing community. She has been particularly instrumental in helping engender excellent relationships between climbers and the Park.

Randy V.

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Sep 17, 2018 - 07:36pm PT
Get better soon, Bernadette!
Tom Patterson

Trad climber
Sep 18, 2018 - 06:24am PT
Really happy to hear the news of some improvement. I don't know if I've ever met Bernadette, but she is clearly well-respected and embraced by the community, and in the midst of so many stories of accidents that have a worse outcome, I'm so glad to hear the most recent update. Good vibes and prayers for her continued and full recovery.

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Sep 18, 2018 - 10:43am PT
Thanks, epecknold. If she has any surgeries to fix her leg and wrist etc, she'll likely be on pain meds for a while. Just hoping for the unlikely chance that her injuries are not too severe, though anyone who takes a 30-40 foot groundfall is bound to be hurting, even Super-Bern.

Hoping for the best. As Randy pointed out, there is simply no one else to replace her, someone who so authentically bridges the once-giant gap between rangers and climbers.

Trad climber
Sep 18, 2018 - 04:42pm PT
Sending best wishes to Bernadette and family. She indeed does much for our climbing community and I am hoping for her speedy recovery!

Trad climber
Sep 18, 2018 - 07:23pm PT
Best wishes for a full recovery. It was ten years ago that I had a terrible accident in the park. I know the climbing community is great !!

Social climber
Sep 18, 2018 - 09:22pm PT
hey there say, liz... please, let us know where we can send cards, too...

thank you for the update and infos...

Trad climber
Polebridge, Montana
Sep 19, 2018 - 12:26am PT
Go Bernadette!

Sep 19, 2018 - 09:06am PT

More to go though in the "Jody look here thread."


state of being
Sep 19, 2018 - 10:33am PT
epecknold, PM's don't work here. Why they leave that button up is baffling.

Sep 19, 2018 - 11:21am PT
doesn't have to be a lead climbing incident-- could have been a rappel accident, could have been a lowering miscommunication, could have tripped and fallen at the top, etc...

Sport climber
Sep 19, 2018 - 12:51pm PT
Hm... good to know about the PMs... I was trying to figure out where I would receive a message if someone responded.

Anyway, @neebee and anyone else that's interested, feel free to email me at elizabeth.a.regan@gmail.com for the mailing address for my sister. I don't feel comfortable posting it on here.

Also, it was a rappelling accident. She is still in the ICU, but has been cleared to move out once a bed opens up for her in the unit below.

Social climber
Sep 19, 2018 - 01:08pm PT
Lots of accidents in that area, something about those big beautiful tall walls and casual hang, or just coincidence. Glad to hear she is recovering, she is a super strong individual physically and mentally. I'm anxious like a lot of us to find out how long until we can hang out again and hoping that she will make a full recovery, but I think things are still in the acute phase as it were... sending good vibes
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