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Re: Rescue underway on Snowmass Mountain

Postby timstich » Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:21 pm

Very sorry to hear this.

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Re: Rescue underway on Snowmass Mountain

Postby peter303 » Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:29 pm

Seven 14er fatalities this year:
Dead Dog avalanche
Sawtooth fall
Princeton slide
Missouri (2) fall unknown cause
Quandry heart attack
Snowmass rock slide

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Re: Rescue underway on Snowmass Mountain

Postby letourneau41 » Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:33 pm

That is horrible news. RIP.
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Re: Rescue underway on Snowmass Mountain

Postby mattpayne11 » Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:53 pm

peter303 wrote:Seven 14er fatalities this year:
Dead Dog avalanche
Sawtooth fall
Princeton slide
Missouri (2) fall unknown cause
Quandry heart attack
Snowmass rock slide


Yep.

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Re: Rescue underway on Snowmass Mountain

Postby Tim Jordan » Mon Jul 25, 2011 1:02 pm

I don't think I ever heard anything else about it, but I am pretty certain there was a health related death (a woman) on Grays/Torreys on July 4.

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Re: Rescue underway on Snowmass Mountain

Postby hansolo35 » Mon Jul 25, 2011 1:15 pm

surf n turf summed it up best... "there's nothing to be learned here".
sometimes s**t happens to the best of us. it's just a matter of bad circumstance/bad luck...being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Doesn't make Snowmass Mtn. any more or less dangerous than it was before, and it doesn't make the deceased any less of a climber. It was just plain ole bad luck. His story stands out because i have climbed most of my 14ers (34 including CA and WA summits) solo, including Snowmass. I sometimes worry about something bad happening to me out there (as does my mother and gf), but it's the risk I choose to take, knowing that adventure is what i live for. Looking at Sean's photos of his various exploits in the wild, most of which as far as I can tell were taken on solo outings, breaks my heart. At least he passed away doing what he loved in a place that he loved.
Rest in Peace brother!

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Re: Rescue underway on Snowmass Mountain

Postby rking007 » Mon Jul 25, 2011 1:46 pm

Monster5 wrote: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.



Very well said. +1 for sure. Sad for sure, peace and strength to the surviving family and friends.
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Re: Rescue underway on Snowmass Mountain

Postby charlie_ice » Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:06 pm

Sad to read this, my hearts go out to his friends and family. It's great he took so many pictures and shared his experienced with the world.
Glad he got the summit.
If I go out, this is how I want it to be done... doing what you love and being out in nature.
Run for your dreams, life is short! If I get Snowmass someday I will do a toast in his honor.

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Re: Rescue underway on Snowmass Mountain

Postby MountainHiker » Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:12 pm

My condolences to Sean’s family and friends.
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Re: Rescue underway on Snowmass Mountain

Postby hollamby » Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:18 pm

RIP, what a tragedy.
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Re: Rescue underway on Snowmass Mountain

Postby Flux » Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:30 pm

Nothing to learn and everything to learn.

I just finished reading One Mountain Thousand Summits and the thing that rang true throughout the whole book was that unexpected things can happen in the mountains. You look at the risk and you deal with it mentally. They are big crumbling piles of rock covered in snow that is doing much the same. I stated to a friend while we were descending Agassiz (CA) a couple weeks back while we were chatting about how precarious all these huge rocks are piled up all over and I said "until an earthquake hits". He quickly shushed me and we kept making our way down. Thus is the precarious nature of these piles of rock.

But I am deeply saddened to read this. A young guy with so many accomplishments and big dreams of hitting Alaska. I am certain he would have gotten there.

RIP Sean.

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Re: Rescue underway on Snowmass Mountain

Postby wildlobo71 » Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:32 pm

charlie_ice wrote:Sad to read this, my hearts go out to his friends and family. It's great he took so many pictures and shared his experienced with the world.
Glad he got the summit.
If I go out, this is how I want it to be done... doing what you love and being out in nature.
Run for your dreams, life is short! If I get Snowmass someday I will do a toast in his honor.


Sorry, but I don't buy this movie-script sort of "epic way to die" that so many people want to believe would be their preferred way to go, if they could control the way the accidentally die. That's why it's an accident, and I doubt there was a feeling of nobleness for Sean.
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