Death on El Diente

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Re: Death on El Diente

Postby Girlslovesnow » Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:03 am

The comment below the article also says Oof was adopted
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Re: Death on El Diente

Postby cbauer10 » Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:27 am

Girlslovesnow wrote:The comment below the article also says Oof was adopted


That is great to hear. A little bit of good news in this tragedy.
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Re: Death on El Diente

Postby Monster5 » Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:00 am

This is extremely weird... Last summer, I believe we found Oof (same name, looks the same in the pictures, albeit older) wandering along the trail to Massive. We had no idea where he came from and he followed us back to our car with his doggy pack on. We had no idea where he came from and, after searching for his owner, we ended up bringing him back to Denver and returning him through a round-about way. I'm glad to hear somebody adopted him; he was a great dog and I would have gladly taken him if he didn't find another place
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Re: Death on El Diente

Postby MtHurd » Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:26 am

...a 30-year-old man was killed in a massive rockslide there.


Helmet or not, there was nothing this man could have done. It's part of the dangers of mountaineering that we all accept when we set foot on the mountains.
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Re: Death on El Diente

Postby mtndude3737 » Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:43 pm

Barry Raven wrote:
Jim Davies wrote:
Barry Raven wrote:The couple that were on the Crestones were not climbing the mountain intentionally in the rain. They were caught by surprise.

In fact, the rainstorm happened after their accident. They were probably hit by rockfall while bailing off their route early.


They were buried by a huge mud/rockslide caused by the heavy rains, so no, the accident happened during the rainfall.


Thanks for the correction of the correction. I live near the Wilsons, and there was a large amount of rain during the time of the first death there this year. It may not have been raining at the time of the accident, but all steep, loose, rocky terrain becomes more unstable during or after rain storms. Again, I am just sending out cautions to everyone to be wary of dangerous conditions. May we all tread a little more lightly and carefully in honor of the those that have died in the mountains.
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Re: Death on El Diente

Postby cbauer10 » Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:49 pm

mtndude3737 wrote:Thanks for the correction of the correction. I live near the Wilsons, and there was a large amount of rain during the time of the first death there this year. It may not have been raining at the time of the accident, but all steep, loose, rocky terrain becomes more unstable during or after rain storms. Again, I am just sending out cautions to everyone to be wary of dangerous conditions. May we all tread a little more lightly and carefully in honor of the those that have died in the mountains.


We abandoned our plans the week after all of this rain as we sat at the bottom of the N. Buttress on El Diente because of the moisture. The ground was too unstable and we were able to hear rock fall at 5:00 am as we were deciding. We only got Wilson Peak on that trip even though we had planned on all three.
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Re: Death on El Diente

Postby Johnson » Wed Sep 29, 2010 2:25 pm

Seeing a picture sure makes it even more keenly troubling. Thanks for posting. Looks like another person I would have liked to have known. RIP.
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Re: Death on El Diente

Postby WillV » Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:47 pm

BAUMGARA wrote:
lordhelmut wrote: That mountain is not one I plan to repeat without snow on it and this confirms it.

What he said, snow climb.


Forgive me for my lack of winter climbing knowledge, but how is it that a snow climb would make it safer?

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Re: Death on El Diente

Postby Vinegaroon » Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:03 pm

Blessings on his wife and family... Good looking pup - glad to hear he will find a good home.
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Re: Death on El Diente

Postby MtHurd » Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:23 pm

WillV wrote:
BAUMGARA wrote:
lordhelmut wrote: That mountain is not one I plan to repeat without snow on it and this confirms it.

What he said, snow climb.


Forgive me for my lack of winter climbing knowledge, but how is it that a snow climb would make it safer?

-Thanks


I think it's because you are less likely to get heat stroke. :P
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Re: Death on El Diente

Postby JB99 » Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:07 am

WillV wrote:
Forgive me for my lack of winter climbing knowledge, but how is it that a snow climb would make it safer?

-Thanks


Sometimes snow covers dangerous features like loose rock and allows safer travel, generally on spring or early summer snow that tends to be more stable than winter snow.
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