WSN wrote:MountainHiker wrote: They arrived at what they identified as the crux chimney. He climbed up first and had trouble negotiating the very top. There was a loose rock that came off. He fell. His momentum took him over the side of the ledge below.
From MountainHiker's narrative I believe the victim in fact fell from the top/exit of the second gully, not the actual crux chimney. If some one falls from anywhere near the chimney, it is only going to be a 10-foot fall, no way to tumble into the second gully.
I recall that the exit of the second gully is kind of tricky. Two years ago, I ended up to climb a 10-foot wall, and almost pulled out a rock that I used as a handhold!
RIP, Derek. Condolences, Prayers and Peace to Derek's family and friends.
With due respect to WSN, Derek's fall did begin from the exit / top of chimney while solving for handhold to get out. Although the climb out of the second gully is a tricky one that was not where this tragedy began.