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By RedRockRat
Nov 25, 2010
All I survey.
Just heard about it. Anyone have any info? All I've gotten is Oak Creek Canyon, female climber, 50-100ft fall, and airlift?

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By Mike Dudley
From Vegas
Nov 25, 2010
Cracker Jack on lead.
We were in Calico and saw the medvac go in. No real info. Best wishes to everyone involved.

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By Travis Spaulding
From Las Vegas, NV.
Nov 26, 2010
The first pitch belay on Chips and Salsa (5.3) Red...
The news seems to have dropped it, no updates yet. All I got was that it was a female, that was on Solar Slab, and that she had fallen 30-60 feet. Hope this turns out OK.

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By buckets
Nov 27, 2010
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My Info is that the climbers gear ripped out and the injuries were fatal. A tradgic accident.

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By GMBurns
Nov 27, 2010
Climbing at Morro Anhangava in Southern Brasil.  (...
buckets wrote:
My Info is that the climbers gear ripped out and the injuries were fatal. A tradgic accident.



wow. if that's the case then my condolences. that's too bad.

here's hoping she survived, however, and that any injuries suffered heal quickly.

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By Callie Rennison
From Boulder, Colorado
Nov 27, 2010
I heard the same - that she perished. Very sad. I wonder if the complete lack of news is due to the holiday and trying to contact the next of kin.

Regardless, my condolences to the climber's family and friends.

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By RedRockRat
Nov 27, 2010
All I survey.
Where did you hear that it was a fatality? That would be terrible, and yes I think the lack of media attention is at least partially because of the holiday weekend. Thoughts and hopes to the climber, partners, and family.

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By Mike Dudley
From Vegas
Nov 27, 2010
Cracker Jack on lead.
Best wishes to family and friends. Lets make sure this is the last accident of the holiday. Climb safe out there and have fun.

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By RedRockRat
Nov 27, 2010
All I survey.
Ok so here is the LVMPD SAR brief on the incident.

"On Thursday afternoon, Mountain Rescue Volunteers were called to the Red Rock Canyon Overlook in response to initial reports of a fallen climber in Oak Creek Canyon.

Two SAR Officers were flown to the scene and were hoisted to a ledge approximately 400 feet off of the canyon floor. From there, the Officers extracted the 42 year old climber from a crack where she had landed after falling what was estimated to be 45-50 feet. The climber was hoisted out of the canyon and delivered to flight, who transported the victim to the hospital.

The female climber had been climbing with a friend and suffered from multiple skull fractures, cervical fractures, and massive brain swelling as a result of the fall. Rescue personnel took less than an hour to respond and extract the injured climber from the the area that she was located.

News Channel 13 was on scene. Their report of the incident can be found here. "

lvmpdsar.blogspot.com/

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By Steven Lucarelli
From Moab, UT
Nov 27, 2010
Showing off Johns almighty poop tube on the top of...
Someone was air lifted out of Calico that same day. Not sure what happened but the helicopter flew back into the Black Corridor area.

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By Callie Rennison
From Boulder, Colorado
Nov 28, 2010
Thanks RedRockRat.

The other flight was for a male hiker (I think 55 year old) who injured his feet and needed help out. Nothing life threatening happily.

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By erik hamilton
Nov 28, 2010
gerty
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Her name was Heather Gray. she was from vancuver canada she was a beautiful young woman and a very strong climber.it was a tragic accident that could have happened to any climber. this past week heather was climbing solar slab when a hold broke. Her gear did not fail or get rip out.simply a hold broke which lead to a fall that was tragiclly fatal. RIP Heather. I ask out of respect for family and friends that all post remain positive.

Don't stand by my grave and weep,for I am not there,I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow,I'm the diamonds glint on snow,I'm the sunlight on the ripened grain,I'm the gentle autumns rain,don't stan by my grave and cry, I am not there,I did not die.


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By Buckc
Nov 28, 2010
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Thanks to everyone who helped out on solar slab Thursday. There was a lot going on and I believe that the response was top notch considering the circumstances.

I was watching Heather Climb that pitch from Johnny Vegas and it was clear to me that she was a strong, competent climber in flow and having a great time on the desert stone. RIP

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By davecro
From Golden, CO
Nov 28, 2010
Summit of Estrillitas
I was climbing with Buck on Johnny Vegas when I saw Heather fall. My heart goes out to her friends and family. Rest in peace.

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By Terence
From Almont, CO
Nov 28, 2010
A very sad Thanksgiving indeed. We were on pitch 3 of Solar Slab when the heli came in. Most importantly, best regards to Buck and Dave who were the first to respond.

Erik, Thank you for the quote. Climbing is an inherently dangerous sport, We all understand this and accept this risk when we take the sharp end. Still, that doesn't make this any less sad.

Rest in Peace Heather Gray.

Keep your hopes and chins up and most importantly, keep doing what you love, climbing.

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By phil broscovak
Nov 28, 2010
Dreamin' Dawg
Beautiful quote Eric.

Rest in Peace Heather Gray.
My deepest condolences to family and friends.

To Buck and Davcro my sincerest respects for your efforts.
It is a hard duty, I empathize with your pain.
If you want someone too talk through it with please feel free to email me.

Peace to all of you.

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By Callie Rennison
From Boulder, Colorado
Nov 28, 2010
Thanks for the additional information. Very very sad.

Again, my condolences to her family and friends.

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By John Hegyes
From Las Vegas, NV
Nov 29, 2010
South of Windy Peak
So tragic. My condolences to her family.

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By Mary Moser
Nov 29, 2010
Climbing at Johnny Lang Crags in JTNP.
Anyone who is a lead climber knows that sometimes there are NO gear placements to be had. We have all been in run out situations at one time or another. We should not speculate on that issue, but instead offer our condolences to friends and family. RIP Heather.

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By Bill Lawry
From New Mexico
Nov 29, 2010
I believe all climbers accept the risk they open themselves to when they get on the rock. Hard climbers, fat climbers, not so experienced, experienced, conservative, and not so conservative. It can happen to all.

Words to remember when we're out climbing: "she was a strong, competent climber in flow and having a great time"

My heart goes out to the loved ones of Heather Gray.

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By mikeo
Nov 29, 2010
It's sad to hear this, I have climbed that route and there are sections that you have to run out 25-30 ft. Have to be super careful when climbing those parts, sucks that a hold broke.

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By saxfiend
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From Decatur, GA
Nov 29, 2010
Relaxing at the P1 belay of Fruit Loops at Rumblin...
What a sad loss. Having led Solar Slab, this is particularly sobering to me. Condolences to Heather's family and friends.

JL

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By Ming
Nov 29, 2010
At Railay East Beach in Thailand
Oh wow. My condolences. I climbed Solar Slabs a month ago and thought the first pitch was a bit run-out in the beginning to get to the hand crack for pro. Was that where it happened? I remember being very careful where the crack was because there were some delicate looking holds.

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By Brigette
From Seattle, WA
Nov 29, 2010
At the anchors.
RIP Heather. What a sad, sad loss. Best wishes to her partner, friends, and family.

We had heard about a fatality in the park at the gas station on our way in to climb on Friday morning. I'm really, really glad that the gas station attendant didn't know where it had happened, because we were headed out to climb Solar Slabs. It was my daughter's first multipitch.

A rescue chopper hovered near the base of the lower Solar Slabs area while we were on the upper, and I was so relieved when it left. I hope it was just following up on the previous day's events and was not headed elsewhere for a rescue.

One must climb ~500' of the lower area before getting to the upper (Solar Slabs proper), so, based upon the rescue report and Buck being nearby on Johnny Vegas, it sounds as though Heather was still on one of the lower routes.

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By Steven Lucarelli
From Moab, UT
Nov 29, 2010
Showing off Johns almighty poop tube on the top of...
We had hiked up to the base of Johnny Vegas late that morning hoping to find some climbs in the sun. We left when the sun passed behind Mnt. Wilson and the lower part of the wall went into the shade, but I believe we saw Heather leading the crux pitch of Beulah's Book. As we hiked out I looked back and saw a party of two standing on the large step where the lower routes end and the upper Solar Slab begins.

What a tragedy.

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By zzzdale
Nov 29, 2010
Heather and I were friends. I climbed with her quite a bit over the years and even this summer several times. For the record she was a very cautious climber. She was always hesitant to lead and I never pushed her to. Sometimes I would leave the rope through the first or second draws for her to make her feel better. We all know people who are super cautious, Heather fit that category. She was capable of sending 5.12 when she was on her game. She has done quite a bit of gear climbing here in Squamish. This is all a bit of a shock and makes no sense knowing her and her attitude about unnecessary risk. She was a sweet lady with a warm smile and a soft voice, She thought of others before herself. This is quite tragic.

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