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May 3, 2012
www.alpinist.com/doc/web12s/newswire-flash-woman-dies-gunks

Very sad.
coldatom
From Cambridge, MA
Joined Sep 20, 2011
0 points
May 3, 2012
better link... alpinist.com/doc/web12s/newswi...

and a long discussion...
rockclimbing.com/cgi-bin/forum...
Jeff Chrisler
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jun 22, 2009
145 points
May 3, 2012
Very sad indeed. has any new info. come out on cause of the anchor failure? Rob Selter
From running springs Ca
Joined Feb 11, 2012
125 points
May 3, 2012
There's an extra sense of tragedy here because it was the first time this girl had ever been climbing. That means the only mistake she could have made here was deciding to go that day. The rest of the accident lies on someone else's shoulders. Tyson Anderson
From SLC, UT
Joined May 14, 2007
65 points
May 3, 2012
Man! My heart goes out to her and her family. Rob Selter
From running springs Ca
Joined Feb 11, 2012
125 points
May 3, 2012
Rob Selter wrote:
Man! My heart goes out to her and her family.


+1
"H" Lampasso
From Manitou Springs
Joined Feb 13, 2006
10 points
May 3, 2012
Very, very sad. My heart goes out to her family, and friends. Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
Joined May 25, 2005
1,315 points
May 3, 2012
Good argument for adding bolted anchors. Ike Rushmoore
Joined Feb 20, 2012
0 points
May 3, 2012
Ike Rushmoore wrote:
Good argument for adding bolted anchors.


no its not! This is such a trite response. Its a good argument for learning how to do things correctly and safely. Tragedy indeed for all those involved.
rock_fencer
From Columbia, SC
Joined Dec 20, 2009
205 points
Administrator
May 3, 2012
It is heartbreaking, someone so young and out for her first time.

From reports, she fell 15-20 feet, and it wouldn't have been a straight fall. That's a data point for some other questions that have been asked around here, though this isn't the place to discuss any further.

My sincere condolences to anyone and everyone involved.
JSH
Joined Apr 3, 2007
858 points
Administrator
May 3, 2012
Maybe we should forego a pissing contest on the tired subject of convenience anchors of the bolted variety, have a little compassion and respect for the deceased and her family/friends and perhaps pick this up a little bit later. Just an idea. Condolences to the climber's family and friends. Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
Joined Jul 30, 2011
703 points
Jun 10, 2012
Heartbreaking, I found this while looking for more info, please watch before debating anchors or anything else in here.

Adam Block
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Jul 5, 2008
1,155 points
Jun 10, 2012
There are threads on this on many climbing sites, but no conclusive information about how the anchor failed, and a lot of ultimately worthless speculation. Stephanie was, from the climbing perspective, a complete innocent, and that makes this the worst tragedy I've heard of in my 55 years of climbing. As someone with a daughter Stephanie's age, my heart aches for her family and friends. If there was ever an incident that made climbing seem not worth it, this would be it.

This accident in particular, and some recent other ones, motivated Joe Vitti of Alpine Endeavors to organize the Saturday Night Live Free Clinics at the Gunks,

mountainproject.com/v/saturday...

in which Joe and other local guides donate their time and expertise for anyone who wants to show up and perhaps learn something that maybe, just maybe, could prevent a future tragedy.

Edward Whymper's words, reflecting on the tragedy that befell his party after the first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865, have not lost an iota of relevance for the modern climber.

Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end.

― Edward Whymper, Scrambles Amongst the Alps

The totality of gear for Whymper's party was ice axes, nailed boots, and manila ropes, and they were not enough. The modern climber is equipped with things Whymper could not have imagined, and yet it too is not always enough. Whymper's remarks, now almost 150 years old, cut through the myth that gear can solve climbing tragedies and put the onus back where it always was―on us.

Stephanie, we may not have known you, but we mourn your loss.
rgold
From Poughkeepsie, NY
Joined Feb 15, 2008
35 points
Jul 23, 2012
This finally hit home after watching the tribute video her roommate put together. My condolonces to family and friends. Benjaminadk
From San Pedro, California
Joined Apr 8, 2012
1,000 points
Jul 24, 2012
We are all part of the family of human beings and it hurts to lose another young person with so much life left to live. Both this and the tragedy of the young climber in N.C. have made this a sad day for me. Hope both thier families feel our love. Eric Coffman
Joined Jun 22, 2009
545 points
Aug 20, 2012
rock_fencer wrote:
no its not! This is such a trite response. Its a good argument for learning how to do things correctly and safely. Tragedy indeed for all those involved.


And speaking up when you see something that's not safe.
Condolences
Medic741
From Red Hook, New York
Joined Apr 1, 2012
85 points


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