Tragic Death On El Capitan

Tragic news from high on El Cap this past Sunday:

An experienced climber, Mason Robison was leading the 27th pitch of the 3,000-foot granite wall at about 9 a.m., when a large rock flake holding a piece of safety gear broke loose. The rock gave way while Robison, 38, was climbing at 2,300 feet above the monolith’s base, and severed a rope that was fastening him to a belay station manned by his climbing partner. He fell past the station before a haul rope caught him and seized the fall, but the injuries were fatal.

SuperTopo has a good thread about the situation as well.

Posted In: Asides, News, Traditional Climbing


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6 Responses to Tragic Death On El Capitan

  1. zotch May 22, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    i like how noone comments on this because noone that climbs bigwalls reads this blog. 🙂

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    • zotch May 31, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

      well its kinda true

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  2. lstefurak May 30, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    Some more details about the Memorial Fund and an attempt on the Free Muir.

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  3. Laurie Goforth June 3, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    Do you know the details about the the climber who died yesterday on El Capitan’s east wall? My sister and I witnessed the whole recovery although we were hoping it was a rescue. I would like to know the details about this person we were praying for as.far as what happened. We were amazed by the work the SAR team did!

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