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Vern at Leavenworth. Photo: Stephen Drake


Member Since: Jan 21, 2001
Last Visit: Nov 2, 2006
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From David Harper:

It is with heavy hearts we mourn the loss of our friend, Vern Stiefel. Vernís contagious enthusiasm and positive energy permeated everyone he climbed with. In this way, he elevated us who climbed with him to be better than we thought we ever could be.

Vernís penchant for technical, bold climbs earned him much respect from the climbing community in Southern California, Oregon, and Colorado. He was a zealous contributor to mountainproject.com, assisted in research for Vogelís new JT guidebook, and established a handful of first ascents in JT.

Vern exhibited an unrivaled endurance and strength that enabled him to cling to desperate holds while deciphering the sequence to crux problems and then to fight successfully through the difficult moves. It is a sincere tragedy that he was unable to surmount his personal problems with the same endless stamina. Vern killed himself sometime on or around December 9, 2006.

Vern is survived by his parents, Maria and RF, and his children: Jenna, Clara, and Quinlan. Service arrangements are pending.

More at:
supertopo.com/climbing/thread....
vernstiefel.org/

Rest in peace, friend.


Vern at Leavenworth. Photo: Stephen Drake
Vern at Leavenworth. Photo: Stephen Drake

Photo: Stephen Drake

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Vern at Leavenworth. Photo: Stephen Drake  Just below the west face cave after the crux on pitch #5.  Steve Drake on the steep and clean portion of the 5.9 crack on pitch #2.  Nearing the roof on the first pitch a few hundred feet below the monkey's head.   Bobby P. at the second sequential / technical crux (11+) on the first pitch enroute to the anchors. 
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