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Jan 2, 2014
Water!
I'm not the best guy to post this sad news, but Geoff Farrar, AKA Carderock Geoff has passed away. He died from injuries sustained at Carderock. There's a great picture of him here.
I've never met anyone like him, and the loss of knowledge about Carderock is heartbreaking.
Please share any stories you have. He'll be missed.
Victor K
From Denver, CO
Joined Jul 15, 2003
153 points
Jan 13, 2014
Definitely not a climbing-related injury resulting in his death. Sad news for all around.

dccrimestories.com/2014/01/13/...
Jeff Chrisler
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jun 22, 2009
161 points
Jan 13, 2014
This is really tragic. Geoff was a fixture of climbing at Carderock and was always friendly. I hope the news article is wrong about the way things transpired. Dave is a good guy, though maybe somewhat misguided. Derrick W
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined Jun 3, 2012
91 points
Jan 13, 2014
Article says "David DiPaolo, 31, also known as David Jennings, was charged with manslaughter after U.S. Park Police detectives caught up to him in upstate New York on Thursday."

Who is this Dave? Was he a regular? Did he have a nickname he went by at the crag?
Brad in the bay
Joined Oct 31, 2013
20 points
Jan 14, 2014
Water!
Super sad. When I posted earlier, none of this was substantiated. The news story is maddening! "I found a claw hammer..." I met Dave once. He was a regular out there. Kept a little dog with him.
Regarding Geoff, "misguided" is not accurate. He was an opinionated, condescending, grump who knew everything about that lump of rock called Carderock. The first time I climbed there, I had set up for top rope soloing at Jan's Face. I'd just climbed "The Flakes". Geoff, after a little introductory chit chat, informed me that I had not actually climbed The Flakes because I used a certain obvious nob. Within a few minutes, a had three guys standing around me offering more beta than I thought possible. Even better, the beta was great. It was a very pleasurable send. I got to be a guest in a wonderful, small and cantankerous climbing community. It was unexpected, for sure. And from my vantage in the Front Range, I find myself missing that singular little crag and that tight little community. Geoff dying like that is pretty hard to take.
I'm sure others here have good Geoff stories. Let's hear some.
Victor K
From Denver, CO
Joined Jul 15, 2003
153 points
Jan 14, 2014
Dave Dipaolo (aka Carderock Dave) was the second most commonly seen person at Carderock after Geoff. He is 31, as the article states, and an extremely strong climber. If you had ever spoken to him, he would strike you as a burn-out with a classic stoner affect to his voice. He could commonly be seen free-soloing and bouldering and would happily accept a belay if someone would offer. You could usually find him smoking a cigarette while chalking up his mismatched shoes before a hard bouldering attempt. I've traded belays with him several times at Carderock. I know that Geoff and Dave had climbed together because I had exchanged stories with Geoff about Dave many times. Geoff would fondly refer to him as "little Dave".
I was shocked to hear of Geoff's passing and am now even more shocked by hearing of Dave's alleged involvement. I can only hope these allegations about Dave are not true. Geoff continues to be in my thoughts as I mourn his loss.
William Kelley
From Washington, District of Columb
Joined Jan 14, 2014
0 points
Jan 14, 2014
the man was smart
I spent a day at Carderrock with Geoff, good dude, he knew every single eliminate at the place and then some and was willing to show you in between his circuit. T Roper
From VA,NM,UT,CT,MA
Joined Mar 31, 2006
1,057 points
Jan 14, 2014
Overall Falls
"Little Dave" was commonly known as "Stoner Dave" most recently. David Giacomin
From Silver Spring, MD
Joined Aug 6, 2011
20 points
Administrator
Jan 14, 2014
A Very Not Snowy Christmas...
So sorry for your loss Sharon. . . my condolences to you and your family. Morgan Patterson
Joined Oct 13, 2009
8,423 points
Jan 14, 2014
I met Geoff the first time I went to Carderock this past fall. New to the area and in need of some beta he was more than happy to oblige. We knew a lot of the same people from the industry and spent the day bouldering around. I wish I had had more time to learn about the area from him. Thank you for your knowledge. CaptainPoopyPants
Joined Mar 12, 2012
62 points
Jan 14, 2014
The family is planning a memorial for Geoff, at Caderrock, in May.

Oh behalf of the family, I'm collecting images of Geoff. If you have any please send them here [twelve7nine(a)gmail.com] so I can pass them along.

Thank you in advance.

Ocean
ocean bouldering
From Alexandria, VA
Joined Jan 14, 2014
5 points
Jan 14, 2014
I didn't know Geoff personally, but I do know he was a well respected and liked member of the local climbing scene. Such a shame.

I did meet Dave on a few occasions a few years back at VA crags. His mental health is surely a factor in this incident, provided he is truly involved. He always seemed more than a bit unusual - not violent per se, but definitely somewhat manic and certainly reckless. It was difficult to carry a coherent conversation with him, and I thought he was going to kill himself the way he placed pro and climbed. I always felt the need to watch my gear closely when he was around.
BrianWS
Joined Apr 22, 2010
740 points
Jan 14, 2014
I met Geoff a couple times. Really nice, but but no pushover either. He wouldn't let you 'cheat' on all those elimination problems. Loved to sandbag too - 'just reach your right arm' or 'now pull'... as if it was that easy on those polished pebbles! Tendon pullers and toe-tweakers for sure. He could float on them. Wasn't he a farmer? Seemed to know a lot about that kind of stuff too.


I first encountered little Dave at Seneca, when he lowered someone off the end of the rope on the southern pillar (Climbin' Punishment I think). Descending from that anchor requires two ropes or a stretched out 70M; end of rope went right thru belay device, climber seriously injured.
Brad in the bay
Joined Oct 31, 2013
20 points
Jan 14, 2014
the man was smart
Brad in the bay wrote:
I met Geoff a couple times. Really nice, but but no pushover either. He wouldn't let you 'cheat' on all those elimination problems. Loved to sandbag too - 'just reach your right arm' or 'now pull'... as if it was that easy on those polished pebbles! Tendon pullers and toe-tweakers for sure. He could float on them. Wasn't he a farmer? Seemed to know a lot about that kind of stuff too. I first encountered little Dave at Seneca, when he lowered someone off the end of the rope on the southern pillar (Climbin' Punishment I think). Descending from that anchor requires two ropes or a stretched out 70M; end of rope went right thru belay device, climber seriously injured.


frontal lobe case eh?
T Roper
From VA,NM,UT,CT,MA
Joined Mar 31, 2006
1,057 points
Jan 14, 2014
So sad...... Tim Hudgel
Joined Jan 21, 2009
160 points
Jan 15, 2014
Me
What is "beta"? ShazyB
Joined Jan 12, 2014
5 points
Jan 15, 2014
ShazyB wrote:
What is "beta"?


en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta_(cl...
FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Joined Nov 19, 2009
130 points
Jan 15, 2014
Big Boulder, just a bit downhill from Temple of Ka...
So sad....

RIP Mr. Farrar
Guy Keesee
From Moorpark, CA
Joined Mar 1, 2008
212 points
Jan 15, 2014
Geoff was the first climber I met outside the tight circle I started climbing with. He made fun of our slip lasted shoes and distaste for swami belts, chided us for pulling on plastic in 'bad' weather and showed us how much more interesting climbing you can do on short, slick, oddly angled schist if you are willing to keep your hands below your waist. Geoff should have been on the cover of the local guidebook. No offense to Sharma, who visited once. Carderock will be a little quieter and a helluva lot more boring with Geoff gone. R.I.P. Geoff Matt Deaton
Joined Jan 14, 2011
0 points
Jan 15, 2014
Climbing with Lynn Hill at the New
I met Geoff during my first trip climbing outdoors, years ago. We thought we were hotshots, but Geoff free soloed literal circles around us as we top-roped. He sure as hell made an impression on me, and opened my eyes to the possibilities of climbing. Here's the only picture I have of him then (well, the back of his head), showing us one of his signature boulder problems. This one requires a handstand with a flip follow through.

RIP Carderock Geoff
RIP Carderock Geoff
Savanna
From Monterey, CA
Joined Dec 21, 2012
55 points
Jan 16, 2014
Geoff was a treasure and will be greatly missed by many. His routes and willingness to share his knowledge help countless climbers.

Geoff, thank you for all the help and patience over the years!

See the story and bio by Hunt Prothro in rockandice.


rockandice.com/lates-news/card...


Truck13
Truck13
Joined Nov 11, 2011
0 points
Jan 21, 2014
face jamz
Something will always be missing now. RIP.
Youll be missed Geoff
Youll be missed Geoff
adamcmarshall
Joined Dec 26, 2012
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