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Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

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Re: Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

Postby Presto » Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:45 am

Very sad and my thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this young person ... :cry: . Long's Peak is my favorite of all the 14ers, and I've climbed it many times ... even so, I never underestimate the seriousness of the endeavor.
As if none of us have ever come back with a cool, quasi-epic story instead of being victim to tragic rockfall, a fatal stumble, a heart attack, an embolism, a lightning strike, a bear attack, collapsing cornice, some psycho with an axe, a falling tree, carbon monoxide, even falling asleep at the wheel getting to a mountain. If you can't accept the fact that sometimes "s**t happens", then you live with the illusion that your epic genius and profound wilderness intelligence has put you in total and complete control of yourself, your partners, and the mountain. How mystified you'll be when "s**t happens" to you! - FM

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Re: Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

Postby alpinedivine » Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:53 am

Deepest condolences to Pauls family.

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Re: Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

Postby Doctor No » Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:10 am

zdero1 wrote:I'm confused about the OP's intent here as the edited post is strictly to inform us of the route being closed, yet the title presents something that should be in the accidents section.

See post #8. Prior to that, all I was doing was feeding updates from RMNP's Facebook page about a route closure (that slowly became more ominous). At that point, I changed the thread title.

If there's a way that I can move the thread to the other forum, I'm happy to do so (I don't see the correct button combination at the moment).

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Re: Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

Postby djkest » Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:02 am

RIP Paul. Longs can be a tough mountain.
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Re: Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

Postby smrcka » Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:29 am

RIP Paul. Horrible tragedy to lose a young and obviously talented young man so early in his life. Condolences to his family and friends.
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Re: Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

Postby SurfNTurf » Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:06 am

Terrible news. Rest in Peace, Paul, and condolences to his family and friends.
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Re: Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

Postby anasarca76 » Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:08 am

Such sad news... Condolences to his friends and family and rest in peace Paul.

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Re: Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

Postby Dave B » Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:33 am

West side of longs from the summit of Sharkstooth yesterday (below). It's odd that my buddy and I were conversing on how few fatalities Longs sees compared to the number of climbers it has on any given day. Looks snowy and icy.

Very sad, condolences to the friends and family of the hiker.

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Re: Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

Postby mtgirl » Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:00 pm

Some news will just break your heart. RIP Paul. My thoughts are with his family and friends during their healing process. Wishing everyone safe travels in the mountains we love so much.
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Re: Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

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Re: Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

Postby unclegar » Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:09 pm

Sorry to hear this news. Longs is a serious endeavor regardless but a whole different climb when slick. Thoughts and prayers for family and friends of this young man. I'm very sorry for your loss.
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Re: Fatality on Longs' Keyhole Route

Postby globreal » Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:19 pm

Dear Nahon family,

I am so sorry to read of your loss of Paul. I looked at the news article and wow, he was such a talented young man with so much potential. Please accept my condolences. I pray that God will carry you through this difficult journey ahead.
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