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Salamanizer

Mountain climber
Vacaville Ca,
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 13, 2007 - 11:07pm PT
Anyone have/hear more info?
Hope this is BS and he's in a bar sipping cocktails right now.

http://www.newstalk.ie/news.aspx?id=39473

http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/0713/valentia.html
WBraun

climber
Jul 13, 2007 - 11:13pm PT
Oh oh

Looks legit. Not good. I too hope it's not true.
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Jul 13, 2007 - 11:16pm PT
Drag ....!
Fluoride

Trad climber
Hollywood, CA
Jul 13, 2007 - 11:25pm PT
Whoa. I really hope it's not true.

I can't fathom Michael's demise coming at a drowning in an ocean. Even if the fall was survivable, that water must be pretty damn cold. Hope he swam to safety and is just waiting a rescue.

bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 13, 2007 - 11:30pm PT
I hope it's not true...Michael is older and not from CT...but from CA.

Pulling for you Michael!
Fluoride

Trad climber
Hollywood, CA
Jul 13, 2007 - 11:31pm PT
Well, it IS legit that the accident occured. I just hope it's not Michael:

Island search for missing US tourist

A search-and-rescue operation was under way off Valentia island in Co Kerry last night after an American tourist fell from a cliff while rock-climbing.

The accident occurred at about 5.15pm when the man, believed to be in his 30s and an experienced rock-climber, fell more than 30 feet into the sea at Dohilla, off the north side of the island.

The location is just underneath Valentia Coast Guard station and is a popular climbing area for enthusiasts.

The man, who has been staying in Killarney and was visiting Valentia for the day, was with two other climbers, who raised the alarm.

The Valentia lifeboat, a Shannon-based search-and- rescue helicopter, Coast Guard and cliff-rescue units, and a large number of locals were involved in the search which was expected to continue until light faded.

http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/breaking/2007/0714/breaking3.htm
WBraun

climber
Jul 13, 2007 - 11:33pm PT
They said he fell 70 feet into the water. That can knock the sh'it out of you. This is terrible.

"A major search operation for an American man who fell 70 feet into the sea off the Kerry coast is winding down for the night and due to resume at first light The missing man is 32 year old Michael Reardon, from Connecticut... one of the world's leading Free Soloists...that is... rock climbers who climb without the aid of any safety equpment. He and a friend had just climbed the scenic spot Wireless Point, on the north side of Valentia Island, when Mr Reardon slipped into the water... aplunge of 70 feet. Mr Reardon is also a well known filmmaker and writer in the US."

From the news source "newstalk"
Crag Q

Trad climber
Louisville, Colorado
Jul 13, 2007 - 11:37pm PT
Very sad to see that news. Keeping fingers crossed.
maldaly

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Jul 13, 2007 - 11:43pm PT
My thoughts are with you Michael...
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jul 13, 2007 - 11:49pm PT
This sucks.
When will this string end?

Just met Michael two months ago and the person belied the rumors (naturally!). He was a hell of a nice guy to share the ranch house with at Climbfest.

Hope he's just had a cold wet bivy.
John Mac

Trad climber
Littleton, CO
Jul 13, 2007 - 11:50pm PT
Michael has been blogging recently on climbing mag and his last post was about a week ago after he had just arrived in Ireland.

Here's hoping for good news in the morning.
Fluoride

Trad climber
Hollywood, CA
Jul 13, 2007 - 11:59pm PT
Michael's blog. Sounds like he was loving life over there.

http://www.climbing.com/exclusive/problog/michaelreardon/

I really hope like Ron said that he's just having a cold, wet bivy.

He's a great spirit, so much fun to be around. So full of life and energy, more energy than anyone I've ever known. If the worst happens, he will really be missed. He's truly one of a kind.
pc

climber
East of Seattle
Jul 14, 2007 - 12:07am PT
Yep. Swim man, swim! Then give us the TR.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jul 14, 2007 - 12:24am PT
terrible news, best wishes to his family and friends...
John Moosie

climber
Jul 14, 2007 - 01:02am PT
Locker. Its 8 hours time difference in Ireland. So its 6:00 AM. Sunrise was at 5:00 AM. Hopefully the searchers are out now.
Dragon with Matches

climber
Bamboo Grove
Jul 14, 2007 - 01:17am PT
I hope he's swimming and comes back laughing, to continue getting it done in his own very-full-on way.

There's so much waiting for him to do in the Valley.
Curt

Boulder climber
Gilbert, AZ
Jul 14, 2007 - 01:23am PT
"...A search has been launched for an American tourist who fell into the sea in Co Kerry. The man was walking along the north side of Valentia Island when he slipped on rocks and fell into water around teatime..."

How ironic would that be--after all the death defying stuff Mike has done? Still, I hope it somehow turns out that Mike is OK.

Curt
crusher

climber
Santa Monica, CA
Jul 14, 2007 - 01:29am PT
I sent Patrick an e mail with a link to the thread...maybe since he's in Ireland he can find out something more. Yeah he's up in Dublin but you never know.

Sure hope Mike's ok.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jul 14, 2007 - 01:44am PT
Sad news......I'm very sorry to hear this....
funkness

climber
Ca.
Jul 14, 2007 - 01:54am PT
http://www.independent.ie/national-news/search-for-world-famous-rock-climber-after-he-falls-from-cliff-1037476.html
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