Remembering Mark Winslow


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Trad climber
san diego
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 27, 2009 - 12:24am PT
Local San Diego Climber Mark Winslow took his life this past Friday morning. Mark will be remembered as a great friend and outstanding climber. Mark had many first ascents in the San Diego area. Mark was someone you could always count on. He was an excellent climbing partner and if you needed help with anything Mark was always there for his friends. Everyone who knew Mark will miss him.
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
nowhere, I'm headed for certain doom
Jul 27, 2009 - 12:39am PT
Sadly, this is a reoccuring theme in our scattered tribe.
Sorry, man. Seriously.

Trad climber
Los Angeles
Jul 27, 2009 - 01:03am PT
Sad to hear, Sorry to the family, if only could wait a day and call a friend, things change with different outlook.

Jul 27, 2009 - 04:09am PT
He took his life? What is going on here? Why So many?

Social climber
Jul 27, 2009 - 04:22am PT
hey there davidB... say, i am very sorry to hear this... thank you sharing the name and the joy that your friend had given out to others...

sadly, our wishes that someone could have stepped in to help, were not to be... :(

my condolences to the family and friends of mark...

Jul 27, 2009 - 04:51pm PT
I think as climbers we all have to be careful as more than many, we get some raging endorphins going. Then later back on flat ground, we hit the mundane, things calm down and get boring...and we get depressed. This can be something which has a strong genetic component as well, excaberated by our running around getting a natural high on a cliff. Sorry to see anyone check out this way.

If anyone has any pics of Mark climbing, love to see em. Meantime, warm regards to all who loved him and who are undoubtedly struggling themselves with his loss.

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Jul 27, 2009 - 04:58pm PT
sorry to hear

Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Jul 27, 2009 - 05:03pm PT
I didn't know him, but here is a photo from an online profile:

The Paleozoic rift of the Caradoc drift
Jul 27, 2009 - 06:03pm PT

I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. I've heard Mark's name here and there over the years--he sounded like a wonderful person.

My heart-felt condolences to you, his family and his many friends.


Trad climber
a buttery white sand beach... I wish!
Jul 27, 2009 - 06:29pm PT
I'm so sorry... my deepest sympathies and prayers to you, his friends and family.


Trad climber
nw pa.
Jul 27, 2009 - 07:26pm PT
This is so sad. My condolences to Mark's family and friends.

Tacoma, Toyota
Jul 27, 2009 - 09:49pm PT
Just got the phone call last night. Hadn't heard from him in a while, knew that he had been going through a rough patch, but never saw this coming at all.
Every time I saw Mark he was stoked, and in a good mood just to be out climbing, away from whatever personal demons were chasing him. Afternoons up in Idyllwild were always the best- he would come down off of some horror-show up at Tahquitz and we'd trade whipper stories over a couple beers.
I am sorry for his family's loss, and sorry that we couldn't have gotten him the help he needed sooner.

San Diego
Jul 28, 2009 - 08:11am PT
Mark was truly a great friend and one of the most real and genuine people you could ever meet. He turned me into a trad climber and taught many people how to climb as a guide for Front Range Climbing. If you were fortunate enough to have known or climbed with Mark you came away not only a better climber, but a better person. You always felt safe on the other end of the rope with Mark, at least as long as he wasn't on lead. He knew a million jokes and could easily make us all laugh. Those of us who knew him well were aware of his demons, but Mark would never allow them to affect anyone else... and he wouldn't want them to now. He will be remembered fondly and dearly missed.

San Diego
Jul 28, 2009 - 08:43am PT
If anyone has facebook here is a link to some photos of Mark...
Brian Shelton

Colorado Springs, CO
Jul 28, 2009 - 10:56am PT
Mark was a good friend and a great climber, he will be missed terribly. My condolences to his family.

Trad climber
san diego
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2009 - 06:35pm PT
Thanks for all the posts about Mark. I am going to forward this link on to his parents. If anyone has any additional pictures of Mark please post them here. As soon as I figure out how to post pictures I will post some as well.

Somewhere with big rocks and tall trees...
Jul 28, 2009 - 07:23pm PT

Join Photobucket (Google it to find the web site). The site will walk you through the process.

If a techno-tard like myself can manage it, trust me, you'll be able to do it in your sleep.

(Email me if you're a bigger techno-tard than myself and have problems of the digital sort...although I'm sure that isn't possible.)

Trad climber
Jamul, CA
Jul 31, 2009 - 03:52pm PT
I just got back from vacation to learn this awful news. Mark was a good friend and climbing partner. I am a fairly new climber and not very good. Whenever I climbed with Mark I learned something and my climbing improved. He was a very talented climber who never ceased to amaze me with what he was able to do. He was smart, funny and a joy to be around. Damn his demons! His potential was infinite. Here are a few photos I have of him from a couple of our climbing trips.

Mark on Hesitation at Suicide Rock

At the top of the first pitch of Hesitation

At the top of the first pitch of Hesitation

With Clark Jacobs after topping out (We all climbed the route together)

On Cathedral Peak last year

I just wish I had a chance to speak to him before he made his decision.

Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jul 31, 2009 - 09:37pm PT
Adam, one Saturday morning many years ago my Dad was playing tennis with some of his buddies from work. They were Doc's working off the stress of the work week.....

Several years later my Dad said, "lynne I am telling you this story so you will grow and know and not make the same mistake I did." (Love me Da')

My Pop said that one of the four friends was acting "different". It sent red alert to my Dad but he didn't know what to do with it. That night his friend ( both personally and professionaly) killed himself. He was depressed over finances and more. He had 4 kiddos.

My Dad said, "Lynne girl, if you sense something SAY, hug, inquire....take the time, get in their face, but go with what you feel, it may change a life." Mi Da is still great at 83 and still learnin' me. Peace, lynne

Edit: also posted on the other thread. Peace to the loved ones and family. You are in my thoughts and prayers hugely. I do not say this lightly. I know pain and suffering and respectfully care about those that are in the journey of healing from it. Condolances and love from the heart....lrl

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 31, 2009 - 09:49pm PT
Nice shots, I didn't know Mark, I hope he's found some solace. Condolences and vibes to his important people.

You're mom's only 82, Lynne? I knew, I was older than you...
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