Backcountry Forum
Backpacking & Hiking Gear

Backcountry Forum
Our long-time Sponsor - the leading source for ultralite/lightweight outdoor gear
 
 
 

Amazon.com
Backpacking Forums
BackcountryGear.com
backcountry gear

---- Our Gear Store ----
The Lightweight Gear Store
 
 WINTER CAMPING 

Shelters
Bivy Bags
Sleeping Bags
Sleeping Pads
Snow Sports
Winter Kitchen

 SNOWSPORTS 

Snowshoes
Avalanche Gear
Skins
Hats, Gloves, & Gaiters
Accessories

 ULTRA-LIGHT 

Ultralight Backpacks
Ultralight Bivy Sacks
Ultralight Shelters
Ultralight Tarps
Ultralight Tents
Ultralight Raingear
Ultralight Stoves & Cookware
Ultralight Down Sleeping Bags
Ultralight Synthetic Sleep Bags
Ultralight Apparel


the Titanium Page
WM Extremelite Sleeping Bags

 CAMPING & HIKING 

Backpacks
Tents
Sleeping Bags
Hydration
Kitchen
Accessories

 CLIMBING 

Ropes & Cordage
Protection & Hardware
Carabiners & Quickdraws
Climbing Packs & Bags
Big Wall
Rescue & Industrial

 MEN'S APPAREL 

Jackets
Shirts
Baselayer
Headwear
Gloves
Accessories

 WOMEN'S APPAREL 

Jackets
Shirts
Baselayer
Headwear
Gloves
Accessories

 FOOTWEAR 

Men's Footwear
Women's Footwear

 CLEARANCE 

Backpacks
Mens Apparel
Womens Apparel
Climbing
Footwear
Accessories

 BRANDS 

Black Diamond
Granite Gear
La Sportiva
Osprey
Smartwool

 WAYS TO SHOP 

Sale
Clearance
Top Brands
All Brands

 Backpacking Equipment 

Shelters
BackPacks
Sleeping Bags
Water Treatment
Kitchen
Hydration
Climbing


 Backcountry Gear Clearance

Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#176447 - 04/15/13 01:04 AM And then sometimes it happens to someone you know
midnightsun03 Offline
member

Registered: 08/06/03
Posts: 2936
Loc: Alaska
Stumbled on this randomly today... Rob was a friend from a lifetime ago, but I'd lost touch with him in the last few years. Still in shock. This happened almost 2 years ago but somehow I missed it.

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2015331305_climber16m.html

MNS
_________________________
YMMV. Viewer discretion is advised.

Top
#176448 - 04/15/13 01:32 AM Re: And then sometimes it happens to someone you know [Re: midnightsun03]
TomD Offline
Moderator

Registered: 10/30/03
Posts: 4963
Loc: Marina del Rey,CA
Sorry to hear that, Andi. Sounds like they never found him.
_________________________
Don't get me started, you know how I get.

Top
#176449 - 04/15/13 01:58 AM Re: And then sometimes it happens to someone you know [Re: TomD]
midnightsun03 Offline
member

Registered: 08/06/03
Posts: 2936
Loc: Alaska
There was a follow-up article recently on accidents on Rainier that implied he was found but couldn't be retrieved, but I couldn't find any more detail. Even though being in the mountains was his life's dream, I still find it upsetting that he's still out there.

MNS
_________________________
YMMV. Viewer discretion is advised.

Top
#176450 - 04/15/13 02:16 AM Re: And then sometimes it happens to someone you know [Re: midnightsun03]
midnightsun03 Offline
member

Registered: 08/06/03
Posts: 2936
Loc: Alaska
Here's the article, apparently he was found at the base of Willis Wall...

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/02/19/2032650/technology-adds-to-margin-of-safety.html

MNS
_________________________
YMMV. Viewer discretion is advised.

Top
#176474 - 04/15/13 12:54 PM Re: And then sometimes it happens to someone you know [Re: midnightsun03]
Rick_D Offline
member

Registered: 01/06/02
Posts: 2802
Loc: NorCal
Very sorry to hear about your friend. "Doing what he loved" only slightly diminishes the pain of losing someone from your life, forever.

Have known three climbers killed in falls and one backcountry skier killed in an avalanche, which both pains and humbles me WRT heading into the wilderness. The standard "You're more at danger on the drive to the trail" doesn't instruct us beyond a limited risk comparison. You can do everything right and the mountain still plays by its own set of rules. (I note that Washington had two avalanche deaths just last weekend.)

Best,
_________________________
--Rick

Top
#176527 - 04/16/13 04:36 PM Re: And then sometimes it happens to someone you know [Re: midnightsun03]
billstephenson Offline
Moderator

Registered: 02/07/07
Posts: 3915
Loc: Ozark Mountains in SW Missouri
Sorry to hear that. Just reading about that one is tough.
_________________________
--

"You want to go where?"



Top
#176589 - 04/19/13 12:46 AM Re: And then sometimes it happens to someone you know [Re: midnightsun03]
Jimshaw Offline
member

Registered: 10/22/03
Posts: 3939
Loc: Bend, Oregon
midnight
You've spent a former life time with climbers and you were part of the culture and you know that he would prefer to have died climbing. Hope he didn't leave a family behind...

Still its a shock and a loss and I feel for you.
Jim
_________________________
These are my own opinions based on wisdom earned through many wrong decisions. Your mileage may vary.

Top
#176594 - 04/19/13 02:03 AM Re: And then sometimes it happens to someone you know [Re: Jimshaw]
midnightsun03 Offline
member

Registered: 08/06/03
Posts: 2936
Loc: Alaska
Thanks, Jim... he left a wife and extended family, but no children of his own.

I don't want to die doing an activity, no matter how much I love it, I want to die with the people I love knowing I'm at peace. So not knowing how he felt about it I struggle with this. At least his body was found so they know where he is anyway. The consolation I do have is being pretty sure he would have wanted to be scattered in the mountains, so he is at least resting where he would have wanted, more or less. From the sounds of it, he may not have even fully realized what was happening to him before it was all over.

MNS
_________________________
YMMV. Viewer discretion is advised.

Top

Shout Box

Highest Quality Lightweight Down Sleeping Bags
 
Western Mountaineering Sleeping Bags
 
Lite Gear Talk - Featured Topics
Mountainsmith Gear
by packlite
07:35 PM
DWR and Trail Runners
by Bill Kennedy
07/01/18 03:19 AM
Montrail hiking shoe replacement???
by Keith
06/30/18 11:11 PM
Backcountry Discussion - Featured Topics
Leaving a Mark
by balzaccom
07/10/18 09:32 PM
Maximizers vs Sufficers in backpacking
by Pika
06/29/18 12:34 PM
Alice Pak
by Capt hook
06/21/18 01:13 PM
Make Your Own Gear - Featured Topics
drying socks while hiking
by AtlantaBill
06/28/18 03:28 PM
Quilt question
by PaHiker
06/28/18 12:14 PM
New Pack Finished
by Bill Kennedy
06/27/18 05:39 AM
Featured Photos
Breakneck Ridge, New York
May 2012 Eclipse, Lassen Park
New Years Eve 2011
Trip Report with Photos
Seven Devils, Idaho
Oat Hill Mine Trail 2012
Dark Canyon - Utah
Who's Online
0 registered (), 81 Guests and 0 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
FrankDaTank, maggiemae31, GregoryCheve, CWalkerNC, Nadini
12604 Registered Users
Forum Links
Disclaimer
Policies
Site Links
Backpacking.net
Lightweight Gear Store
Backpacking Book Store
Lightweight Zone
Hiking Essentials

Our long-time Sponsor, BackcountryGear.com - The leading source for ultralite/lightweight outdoor gear:

Backcountry Forum
 
 

Since 1996 - the Original Backcountry Forum
Copyright © The Lightweight Backpacker & BackcountryForum