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By coldatom
From Cambridge, MA
May 3, 2012
Jurassic Park
www.alpinist.com/doc/web12s/newswire-flash-woman-dies-gunks

Very sad.

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By Jeff Chrisler
From Boulder, CO
May 3, 2012
better link... alpinist.com/doc/web12s/newswi...

and a long discussion...
rockclimbing.com/cgi-bin/forum...

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By Rob Selter
From running springs Ca
May 3, 2012
me
Very sad indeed. has any new info. come out on cause of the anchor failure?

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By Tyson Anderson
From Las Vegas, NV
May 3, 2012
Rapping from the top of Cat in the hat
There's an extra sense of tragedy here because it was the first time this girl had ever been climbing. That means the only mistake she could have made here was deciding to go that day. The rest of the accident lies on someone else's shoulders.

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By Rob Selter
From running springs Ca
May 3, 2012
me
Man! My heart goes out to her and her family.

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By "H"
From Manitou Springs
May 3, 2012
Axes glistening in the sun
Rob Selter wrote:
Man! My heart goes out to her and her family.


+1

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By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
May 3, 2012
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December 2013.
Very, very sad. My heart goes out to her family, and friends.

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By Ike Rushmoore
May 3, 2012
Good argument for adding bolted anchors.

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By rock_fencer
From Columbia, SC
May 3, 2012
Myself placing a a blue/yellow offset MC to protect between Bolt 2/3 just post crux . <br /> <br />Picture credit goes to eric Singleton, and many thanks to Josh Bagget for the great belay.
Ike Rushmoore wrote:
Good argument for adding bolted anchors.


no its not! This is such a trite response. Its a good argument for learning how to do things correctly and safely. Tragedy indeed for all those involved.

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By JSH
Administrator
May 3, 2012
JSH @ home <br /> <br />photo courtesy of Gabe Ostriker
It is heartbreaking, someone so young and out for her first time.

From reports, she fell 15-20 feet, and it wouldn't have been a straight fall. That's a data point for some other questions that have been asked around here, though this isn't the place to discuss any further.

My sincere condolences to anyone and everyone involved.

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By Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
May 3, 2012
Me and the offspring walking back to the car after a day of cragging.
Maybe we should forego a pissing contest on the tired subject of convenience anchors of the bolted variety, have a little compassion and respect for the deceased and her family/friends and perhaps pick this up a little bit later. Just an idea. Condolences to the climber's family and friends.

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By Adam Block
From Tucson, AZ
Jun 10, 2012
Heartbreaking, I found this while looking for more info, please watch before debating anchors or anything else in here.

youtu.be/XkfmDM5WV-w

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By rgold
From Poughkeepsie, NY
Jun 10, 2012
The traverse out to the Yellow Ridge on the Dogstick Ridge link-up.  Photo by Myriam Bouchard
There are threads on this on many climbing sites, but no conclusive information about how the anchor failed, and a lot of ultimately worthless speculation. Stephanie was, from the climbing perspective, a complete innocent, and that makes this the worst tragedy I've heard of in my 55 years of climbing. As someone with a daughter Stephanie's age, my heart aches for her family and friends. If there was ever an incident that made climbing seem not worth it, this would be it.

This accident in particular, and some recent other ones, motivated Joe Vitti of Alpine Endeavors to organize the Saturday Night Live Free Clinics at the Gunks,

mountainproject.com/v/saturday...

in which Joe and other local guides donate their time and expertise for anyone who wants to show up and perhaps learn something that maybe, just maybe, could prevent a future tragedy.

Edward Whymper's words, reflecting on the tragedy that befell his party after the first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865, have not lost an iota of relevance for the modern climber.

Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end.

― Edward Whymper, Scrambles Amongst the Alps

The totality of gear for Whymper's party was ice axes, nailed boots, and manila ropes, and they were not enough. The modern climber is equipped with things Whymper could not have imagined, and yet it too is not always enough. Whymper's remarks, now almost 150 years old, cut through the myth that gear can solve climbing tragedies and put the onus back where it always was―on us.

Stephanie, we may not have known you, but we mourn your loss.

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By Benjaminadk
From Lake George, NY
Jul 23, 2012
Me
This finally hit home after watching the tribute video her roommate put together. My condolonces to family and friends.

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By Eric Coffman
Jul 24, 2012
mountainlion
We are all part of the family of human beings and it hurts to lose another young person with so much life left to live. Both this and the tragedy of the young climber in N.C. have made this a sad day for me. Hope both thier families feel our love.

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By Medic741
From Pittsford, New York
Aug 20, 2012
When I was a bum at Frey
rock_fencer wrote:
no its not! This is such a trite response. Its a good argument for learning how to do things correctly and safely. Tragedy indeed for all those involved.


And speaking up when you see something that's not safe.
Condolences

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