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Barry Raven wrote:R.I.P.
I climbed that route and thought it was a beautiful and there were no people at all on that route the day we did it. It was loose, but it didn't seem that bad to me.
Yes, it was very beautiful over there and we had the climb to ourselves. I suggested earlier that the excessive rain last year may have made things much worse than in a normal year. There were quite a few rain induced rockfalls and climbing accidents last year. One way or the other, once that way is enough.
Anyone choosing to climb that way, be careful.
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Sean was very prepared and experienced - the accident could have happened to anybody. He had all the tools to give an excellent SAR crew a chance at saving him. He was a good guy and able to smile and talk with us throughout it all. Everybody was shocked and saddened to hear the news when each group finally got down. Again, he was an enthusiastic climber and it couldn't have happened to a better, more prepared guy.
There were a number of 14ers members by his side throughout it all, as well as a very helpful group from Aspen. Of course, the SAR team performed excellently. It is good to know that if something happens, we are part of a community, beyond any number of website or national affiliations, willing to go to great lengths in order to help a fellow climber out. I hope that summit fever, personal fears, or agendas never change your willingness and ability to lend a hand when a life is at stake.
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EDIT: Monster5 beat me to it. I can't agree more with everything he said.
Thanks for everything you did up there, man. Andrew, too. I wish we could have met under better circumstances.
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