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serious accident in Eldo this evening
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By Sirius
From Oakland, CA
Jul 15, 2008
Moving through the crux lock - now that's micro beta for you, that is.

We're pulling for you out here in California, Preston. You and your family are in our thoughts.


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By Tom Leifer
Jul 15, 2008

I have known Preston and Cheryl for years. Both are excellent humans driven by love of life, friends and family. Preston is an accomplished, careful and ultra-conscientious climber. Above all he is a strong man. I know he is gathering in all the prayers, toasts and songs to the universe, whatever energy can be directed to him right now, and is making of them whatever can be made. It's really cool to see all the support from this community for this difficult situation. Cheryl, please let me know how I can help. Tom


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By Buff Johnson
Jul 15, 2008
smiley face

Margot Brennan-Graves wrote:
... Preston loved climbing and there is no blame to be laid.


There's a lot of us that extend our heartfelt concern out to your family.


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By crankenstein
Jul 15, 2008

I am the same age as Preston and have the same love for climbing, Eldorado canyon, and my 2 kids. I am extending my heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends and hoping that everything turns out for the best given the circumstances.


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By Clyde
Jul 15, 2008

Best wishes for Preston. Having been in a similar situation making decisions about a close friend with a massive head injury, I'll just say: do not give up hope. It was a brutal roller coaster for all of us and we were very, very close to letting him go. He pulled through against horrible odds and has made a remarkable recovery. Life will never be the same after major TBI but it may not be as grim as you'd think while looking at them in ICU hooked up to all the machines. We had an amazing surgeon in Boulder (Dr. V) and Denver has great resources too. Sounds like Preston has the will and the support so a bit of luck and time are what he needs most.

Clyde


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By Trent Bradford
Jul 15, 2008
Swinging Bridge over the San Juan River

Preston & family, you have prayers coming from Idaho. The night is coldest just before dawn. Speedy recovery.


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By AliDear
Jul 15, 2008

Hello to all concerned climbers and friends,
Thank you so much for your love and support. I was the climber with Preston when he fell on Sunday. To help resolve the issues of what happened, I feel I need to write a bit about it so that it can possibly inform other climbers and help make some sense of the accident. Preston is a very careful, meticulous, and experienced climber. He had set two nuts and was working on the third for quite some time. It was on the first part of Werks route. He had set another about ten or so feet above the third. He was setting the fifth when he lost grip. Although it was traumatic and my memory might be failing me, he hit his left side of his forehead on rock and was unconscious for the rest of the fall since he made no sound and came down like a rag doll. Two of the nuts pulled. I was anchored to the rock that he landed on. It was a freak accident that was horrifying and I don't know what I would have done if I had not gotten the help I did from Brian and his girlfriend Rachel, as well as Micah. You all saved Preston's life. I couldn't have done it without you. I can't thank you enough.

As for his condition: He has serious brain injuries and is getting the best possible care that he can get from St. Anthony's. Today was a good day but it is all touch and go right now.
We've climbed together all season. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to witness. Please send Preston positive thoughts and love. He needs all he can get right now.

Thank you,
Alison


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By Kevin Craig
Jul 16, 2008
KC on Fields (medium).  Photo (c) Doug Shepherd

Sending lots of good thoughts and positive energy to Preston and his family. Best wishes for a positive outcome.


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By Cheryl Claman-Brennan
Jul 16, 2008

Thanks again, I have been reading this and have sent the website info to family and friends all over the country. I directed willy to this site(his oldest son). It has created a real feeling of love and support. Cheryl(former wife)


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By bbrock
From Al
Jul 16, 2008
feeling free <br />

Whewwwww....this is heartbreaking. I don't even know the guy but I'm about to cry just reading all this. Positive energy coming to you from the south.


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By Lanky
From Portland, ME
Jul 16, 2008

Just sending a little more love to a man and family I've never met. All my hope is headed west.

j


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By Gary Schmidt
From Boulder, CO
Jul 16, 2008
summit of Lost Arrow, City of rocks Idaho. Me on the right lol.

Dear Alison and Cheryl: I too feel I wish to apologize for even hinting at the possibility of belayer error. Like of all us I was just trying to make sense of the situation and given that I thought I heard from rescue personnel on site say there was no initial evidence of pulled gear, (but obviously it turns out that was not the case) it was one scenario that came to my head. I was trying to be cautious in trying to figure it out, but in hindsight should probably have said nothing at all, and for this I am again very sorry. I came on scene near the end and am still shook up just from that small intersection with the event. Again I apologize and do know that my personal thoughts and prayers are with Preston, with you, and the family. I can't imagine the grief and emotions all of you must be going through. Gary


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By Malcolm Daly
From Boulder, CO
Jul 16, 2008

Wow, this is so sad to hear. All my thoughts and energy go out to Preston. Hope you have a speedy and complete recovery. This is my favorite pitch in the entire canyon and although sad news, it's good to have a reminder that this sport is still very dangerous.

Be well, my friend... My thoughts are with you.

Mal


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By Seth Murphy
Jul 16, 2008

Preston, hang in there brother, positive vibes headed your way. We are all pulling and praying for you.

Brian, Rachel, and Micah. Thanks to all three of you. It's always good to see the climbing community spring into action when another one of our brothers or sisters needs help. I commend all three of you on your courage.


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By Rocky Mountain Rescue Group
From Boulder, CO
Jul 16, 2008
Trademarked logo of Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, Inc.

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We (RMRG) are currently compiling the details of this accident, and we hope to release an accident report and lessons learned when our investigation is complete. We hope to do this soon, but hopefully everyone recognizes how critical it is that we get the facts 100% correct before we publish anything.

Tim Holden
Group Leader
Rocky Mountain Rescue Group


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By Carri
Jul 16, 2008

Cheryl, I just heard this unbelievable news from Lisa. I am in shock. Please know that Preston, you and the kids are in my prayers. Let me know if you need anything!!! Carri Neithardt


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By Deaun Schovajsa
Jul 16, 2008
You wanna' look like this when ya get old!

Sending our thoughts and best wishes for a full and speedy recovery from the Schovajsa family!


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By MarcyH
Jul 16, 2008

Cheryl, We want you to know that Preston is in our thoughts and prayers. We are also praying for strength and peace for you, Willy, Noah and Talia. I have spoken to Susie and I am on the list, but please let me know if there is anything else I can do.
God Bless,
M~


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By Shelley Bailey
Jul 16, 2008

Cheryl, my thoughts and prayers are with Preston, you and your family. Shelley Bailey


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By Ryan Tuleja
Jul 16, 2008
standing on the summit

Wow, this is terrible. My thoughts are with you all.


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By Lisa Margolis
Jul 16, 2008

Hi Cheryl,

Jon and I are so saddened by this accident and we hope and pray Preston pulls through. Lots of love, Lisa


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By Katie Roth
Jul 16, 2008

Dear Cheryl, Preston, Willy, Noah, Talia, and Allison,

So sorry to hear about the horrible accident!! Our thoughts and prayers are there for all of you and PLEASE let us know if we can help.

WOW!!
Sincere thoughts, Love to all,

Katie, Ken, Zach and Ben Roth


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By Brian Lincoln
Jul 16, 2008

Our thoughts and prayers are with Cheryl, Talia, Noah, Willy, and Preston's other loved ones, relatives, Alison and his many friends during this sorrowful time. I just learned about the tragic accident and have spread the news to Preston's hockey brethren. Preston is a very good friend and I am stunned by the news. Please let me know if there is anything we can do to help. With our love and positive thoughts, Brian, Robin and Chava Lincoln


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By tom stocker
From Lakewood, Colorado
Jul 16, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are certainly with Preston, his children, family, loved ones and friends.

Likewise, my thoughts and prayers are with his belayer, who I am sure is shattered by this experience emotionally even it she suffered no physical injury.

My son, Micah, was one of the people who rendered care on the scene before the medics arrived. I know Micah was quite shaken by the experience, as indeed I was just listening to him relate it(and remembering my own (non-injury) long fall on Werk Supp).

I don't know what Micah was able to accomplish, but I do know he did the best he could in the fight for Preston's life. Much credit should go to his Army training, field first aid, survival school, officer training, etc.

Again, Preston and the Brennan family have my prayers and hopes that, as improbable as it might seem today, Preston will fully recover and continue to enrich all of us with life.

Best regards,
Tom Stocker


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By Cheryl Claman-Brennan
Jul 16, 2008

Again, thanks fo all of your thoughts and prayers, keep them coming. This is not going to get any easier. CHeryl


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