Mt Whitney fatality early November

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Mt Whitney fatality early November

Post by peter303 » Sat Nov 28, 2020 8:38 am

Women age 34. Unclear if summit attempt. Or if she had reached the icy portion of the trail. All the news articles I could find point to the same info.

https://www.insider.com/woman-died-fall ... da-2020-11

I first saw the story in an article about increased backcountry use.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/28/spor ... rails.html

My condolences to the young family left behind.
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Re: Mt Whitney fatality early November

Post by SephTR » Sat Nov 28, 2020 9:14 pm

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Re: Mt Whitney fatality early November

Post by Mtnman200 » Sat Nov 28, 2020 9:29 pm

SephTR wrote:
Sat Nov 28, 2020 9:14 pm
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How very compassionate of you. Do you consider someone with only 12 14er ascents to be a noob? I certainly do.
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Re: Mt Whitney fatality early November

Post by Bale » Sat Nov 28, 2020 10:46 pm

Nurse and mother of two. May she Rest In Peace.
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Re: Mt Whitney fatality early November

Post by Ptglhs » Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:23 am

SephTR wrote:
Sat Nov 28, 2020 9:14 pm
Noob
If CoCo really is leaving the the forum this post is a worthy successor to some of his comments.

2 young children lost their mother, someone lost their partner, and nurses save lives every year. Given that we're in a pandemic we need more health care workers, not less. This person died doing something you profess to enjoy. As much as I wish suffering on the world in general I don't wish it on strangers specifically, especially not when it could easily be me, or you, in a similar situation.

Condolences to her loved ones.
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Re: Mt Whitney fatality early November

Post by CaptCO » Sun Nov 29, 2020 1:09 am

Bale wrote:
Sat Nov 28, 2020 10:46 pm
Nurse and mother of two. May she Rest In Peace.
This just hits you in the gut.. RIP, so sad
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Re: Mt Whitney fatality early November

Post by seano » Sun Nov 29, 2020 5:53 am

More info here: http://www.mountwhitneyforum.com/ubbthr ... ber=104172 . It sounds like maybe she got off-trail on some slabs low down. There's a great shortcut when they're dry and you know what you're doing, but it would be easy to slip and take a bad fall if there's ice.
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Re: Mt Whitney fatality early November

Post by rc1 » Sun Nov 29, 2020 7:08 am

Noob?? Looking at your profile how disrespectful and presumptuous of you. You should be the last to call someone a noob.
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Re: Mt Whitney fatality early November

Post by Rollie Free » Sun Nov 29, 2020 7:43 am

While I certainly dont defend the noob comment, it was terribly insensitive, do we really have to rush to someones bag count, judge them, then make comments?
This board is the epitomy of ill informed credentialism. The count is kind of fun and has some uses but I dont know if its wise to make rash judgements on someones overall experience level or worth as a person because of it. I wonder if Alex Honnold is considering running down and touching San Luis so he gets more respect. And Sir Edmund Hillary ? Not impressed. His Colorado 14er count was pathetic.
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Re: Mt Whitney fatality early November

Post by Bale » Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:39 am

SephTR has much deeper issues than folks mocking his peak count. I hope the family of this woman is ok and I certainly hope they don’t read dumb fuking threads like this one.
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Re: Mt Whitney fatality early November

Post by Wildernessjane » Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:40 am

Rollie Free wrote:
Sun Nov 29, 2020 7:43 am
While I certainly dont defend the noob comment, it was terribly insensitive, do we really have to rush to someones bag count, judge them, then make comments?
This board is the epitomy of ill informed credentialism. The count is kind of fun and has some uses but I dont know if its wise to make rash judgements on someones overall experience level or worth as a person because of it. I wonder if Alex Honnold is considering running down and touching San Luis so he gets more respect. And Sir Edmund Hillary ? Not impressed. His Colorado 14er count was pathetic.
I would argue that it’s not exactly the same thing (though I’ll be the first person to question this strange obsession we have here in CO with quantity over quality). The “Noob” comment was based on very limited information provided in the article, and we all know how media can get it wrong. I think it’s fair SephTR is being called out for this comment and his/her own level of experience questioned. Yes, there has been an explosion of people in the backcountry as of late but this notion that only a “Noob” would slip and fall is exactly the kind of thinking that can get someone into serious trouble. To me, the comment in and of itself suggests SephTR is a “Noob” in the backcountry.
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Re: Mt Whitney fatality early November

Post by highpilgrim » Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:47 am

Wildernessjane wrote:
Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:40 am
Yes, there has been an explosion of people in the backcountry as of late but this notion that only a “Noob” would slip and fall is exactly the kind of thinking that can get someone into serious trouble.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/28/spor ... rails.html
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