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Brian Delaney Memorial - Fatality at Cathedral Ledge - July 12, 2014
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Jul 15, 2014
No problem. Thanks for the suggestion. Sorry about that...

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Jul 15, 2014
I did not know Brian Delaney but this is so sad. My heart goes out to his family and friends. I was on the cliff that day and heard the sirens and saw the ambulance etc at the cliff top. As always I commented to fellow climbers my hope that it was not something serious. At days end we ran into two men who were at the scene and had assisted. They were deeply affected and as I once was at the scene of a serious climbing accident I could recognize the pain in their eyes. My heart also goes out to Jonas and Matt and all others who were there as it will take some time for them to deal with what they experienced and in some ways it may never leave them. Marilyn-ri
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Jul 16, 2014
Sad, sad news. My condolences to Brian's family and partners all around New England. I met Brian on Cathedral Ledge back in the 80's when all the greats were climbing CL...Dunn, Webster, "Whitey", "Base", the Smiths, Beal, Surette.... I was a green leader climbing "Refuse" when Brian popped out of the woods with his arm in a sling. He had separated his shoulder some how and was soloing the same route I was on. Red hair, disarming smile and genuinely interested in our weekend plans. We let him pass and were silent as he cruised up the pitch I was over-chalking my hands to lead next. rip Brian. Mr. Vartanian
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Jul 21, 2014
I wish I could write something brilliant, concise, and perfect. Instead, my impressions, orderless.

That photo of Brian on the Mammoth Ledges is pretty much how I remember him - a genuine smile & joy in life. He was one of those rare people who could outclimb 95% of the people in a gym on any given day, and turn right around and give genuine, heartfelt encouragement to a newbie. I think he was the least egotistical person I ever met.

I remember seeing pics in a guidebook, of someone doing the FFA of "the Bridge", and being really impressed. Climbing a route that hard, protected clean, was the climbing ideal back when I started. I decided he was a truly great human being when I figured out that the black & white pics of the guy freeing "The Bridge" on Cathedral were pics of Brian... He could have made a big deal out of that history, and didn't.

Ironic that I met & climbed with one of the greatest free climbers of my generation at a gym, at a time of his life he was thinking he might never climb outside again. He felt he was too busy, too committed in too many directions. The only time I saw him the least bit worried was after he'd been laid off, I think from the Fish Exchange, and was headed back to school to re-train. I knew him more as a Tai Chi practitioner than climber, as someone who helped me refine points of technique.

I remember some kids at the gym telling another hard climber of our generation who their climbing hero was, and his reply. Pointing into the bouldering cave, he said "You'd be better off with Brian Delaney over there as your climbing hero. He's done more for climbing than X will ever do, and he's the best person here.". I agree.
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