|By Norm Larson |
From Wilson, Wy.
Jul 19, 2012
This accident is especially tragic to me. The mountains are rarely forgiving and this shows that once again. Why Eric decided to climb around that chossy pinnacle alone on the way to the East Prong I don't know, or care. We all make choices in the mountains and you better be prepared for the consequence. But your choices don't have effect only on you.
The tragic part to me are the ones who are still here and what they have to be going thru. You proabaly don't know that the others in the party all had the last name of Wilson. All related. I was good friends with their father. A great man, a Teton guide for a while, and a really strong climber. First ascent of Torre Egger etc. But mostly a really great guy to be with. He died from an anchor failure in Indian Creek in the mid eighties before most of you were climbing or even born. To lose your father and then your lover to climbing has to be especially hard. My heart goes out to Zinia and the others.