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Re: Rockslide Mt Princeton

Postby highpilgrim » Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:56 am

Call on God, but row away from the rocks.
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Re: Rockslide Mt Princeton

Postby Derby Ale » Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:09 pm

I keep seeing mention that the sheriff and others are asking the US Forest Service to close the trail permanently. I really hope that doesn't happen. It could fall again, and it could be tomorrow, or it could be 500 years from now. Unless an engineering/geological review deems the face to be dangerously unstable, I hope a freak incident doesn't affect long term accessibility.

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Re: Rockslide Mt Princeton

Postby marciamallow » Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:23 pm

Such horrible news. My thoughts and prayers go out to their friends and families.

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Re: Rockslide Mt Princeton

Postby randalmartin » Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:37 pm

Derby Ale wrote:I keep seeing mention that the sheriff and others are asking the US Forest Service to close the trail permanently. I really hope that doesn't happen. It could fall again, and it could be tomorrow, or it could be 500 years from now. Unless an engineering/geological review deems the face to be dangerously unstable, I hope a freak incident doesn't affect long term accessibility.


Honestly, it's not much of a trail and so closing it would be the least of my concerns. I also found the rock near the falls to be terribly loose. Last year I had camped with a couple of friends near St. Elmo. On the way out we decided to do a quick hike up to the falls. Upon reaching the falls we observed several teenage boys that had scrambled up an area to the left of the falls and as they were trying to come back down there was numerous large loose rock tumbling down. Just seems to be an area that is quite dangerous as this sad event illustrated. Thoughts and prayers for the family and friends and for the sole survivor.
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Re: Rockslide Mt Princeton

Postby rickinco123 » Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:09 am

Of all the mountain accidents I have read about over the years, this is the most horrific. To those in that family and community, I cannot imagine your deepness of grief. I literally shed tears reading this. Stay strong!

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Re: Rockslide Mt Princeton

Postby dehrlich101 » Wed Oct 02, 2013 1:56 pm

Eddyline Brewing posted this on their Facebook where people can donate to the Johnson Family Fund.

http://johnsonfamilyfund.com/index.html
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Re: Rockslide Mt Princeton

Postby --bb-- » Wed Oct 02, 2013 3:10 pm

rickinco123 wrote:Of all the mountain accidents I have read about over the years, this is the most horrific. To those in that family and community, I cannot imagine your deepness of grief. I literally shed tears reading this. Stay strong!


Completely agree, rickinco123.

Such a beautiful area for such a tragic event. After hearing the sound of rock slides at Snowmass Lake earlier this summer, I can imagine the sounds of boulders crashing down like an avalanche, feeling completely hopeless and having no where to turn. What a hero the father was! Using his body to shield his daughter was absolutely the only thing he could possibly do and he did. It is a miracle that Gracie survived. My heart goes out to the family and the community.

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Re: Rockslide Mt Princeton

Postby Mtnman200 » Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:41 pm

dehrlich101 wrote:Eddyline Brewing posted this on their Facebook where people can donate to the Johnson Family Fund.

http://johnsonfamilyfund.com/index.html


Thanks for posting this link. The medical expenses are undoubtedly enormous, on top of the funeral expenses, and Gracie needs all the support we can provide.
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Re: Rockslide Mt Princeton

Postby denvermikey » Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:50 pm

Mtnman200 wrote:
dehrlich101 wrote:Eddyline Brewing posted this on their Facebook where people can donate to the Johnson Family Fund.

http://johnsonfamilyfund.com/index.html


Thanks for posting this link. The medical expenses are undoubtedly enormous, on top of the funeral expenses, and Gracie needs all the support we can provide.



+1

Thanks for the link. Although I am unable to donate financially right now, I posted the link on FB where I asked for everyone to forward the link as well. Hopefully this helps, even if a little.

So sad, can't even imagine...
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Re: Rockslide Mt Princeton

Postby Svenski Norski » Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:45 pm

Monday morning I did a trail run up to Agnes Vaille Falls near where I'd been camped at USFS Mt. Princeton since Thurs. ( closed for the season at noon Mon.), leaving the parking lot at 8:45 and reaching the falls 8 minutes later. After spending about 10 minutes at a balcony viewpoint on the left, I headed down just past 9, then ran a short old road east of parking, went back to break camp, then headed out via CR 270 by 10:15 or so. Apparently just before 11 a.m. a rockslide swept the fall's base, killing 5 people- 3 members of the local Johnson family and 2 of their cousins. It was a lovely, quiet morning after a windy night- You would never imagine that tragedy was so close at hand. I found out next morning about the disaster, and in a state of helpless shock prayed for the victims and one survivor, Gracie Johnson, and thanked God for my life. Less than 2 hours !!

It is so difficult to predict rockfall hazards in the Rockies. My heart aches for everyone touched by this...

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Re: Rockslide Mt Princeton

Postby arianna2 » Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:59 pm

This just sickens, saddens, and scares me. God never promises tomorrow. My prayers for all those affected.


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