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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-06-2014, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Word is there was a death on Sky Pilot yesterday. Not hearing this from my SAR contacts, and honestly don't feel like bothering anyone who was involved with needless questions. Was anyone here in the area?

I do know Squamish SAR has been averaging a rescue a week in the area near the Gondola. I see people at the base dressed like they are going to do the grind who seem largely ignorant that it's over three times the distance, and a higher elevation.

Interesting that stuff that happens just over the horizon doesn't make the evening news.

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We were up the Gondola yesterday and when we came down there was some RCMP and a Coroner interviewing some senior individuals with hiking poles.

I didn't see anything in the way of SAR though and there was no hubbub up top. I'm guessing it must have been natural causes.
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I headed up the Habrich Ridge yesterday, but I did not notice anything unusual on the way down. It started raining about noon. Not the best day for exploring. Met a guy (who looked like he was still dry) on the way down just above left-arrow junction asking how much further, I said quite a ways.
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Damn... Pretty gnarly conditions yesterday to be up on Sky Pilot.
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Very, very sad

Anyone know where he fell from? If it was at the Class 4 slab or anywhere above I'd question why anyone would be attempting to do that on such a bad day of moist rock.
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When did the pink slab become 4th class?It used to be specimen class 2.Considering most people scramble down it facing outwards with little difficulty,it probably still is.
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Sad, he was from my company and office. I guess he and another colleague were together when he fell. Our office has had a string of bad luck lately - in the last few months in addition to this accident, one person died after riding a bike on Burrard Bridge and another young person died from a heart attack
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tedoliver: the grade probably comes from the fact that Sky Pilot is often one of the first scrambles people do so it seems quite difficult since they have little to compare too.

Also, technical grade does not account for things like shitty rock, or in the case of the pink slab, slippery-when-wet lichen.
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Sad, he was from my company and office. I guess he and another colleague were together when he fell. Our office has had a string of bad luck lately - in the last few months in addition to this accident, one person died after riding a bike on Burrard Bridge and another young person died from a heart attack
ubishops, sorry to hear that. Condolences to all of his family and friends.

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... Our office has had a string of bad luck lately - in the last few months in addition to this accident, one person died after riding a bike on Burrard Bridge and another young person died from a heart attack
Wow, that's terrible. One loss would be bad enough, but three!
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When did the pink slab become 4th class?It used to be specimen class 2.Considering most people scramble down it facing outwards with little difficulty,it probably still is.
I just want to to clarify that, in my opinion, the pink slab is not to be underestimated. My experiences there involved careful movement, both up and down, facing inwards, and an awareness that it is not a place to make a mistake.

Just don't want anyone to get in over their head.
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When did the pink slab become 4th class?It used to be specimen class 2.Considering most people scramble down it facing outwards with little difficulty,it probably still is.
I just want to to clarify that, in my opinion, the pink slab is not to be underestimated. My experiences there involved careful movement, both up and down, facing inwards, and an awareness that it is not a place to make a mistake.

Just don't want anyone to get in over their head.
Very well said. It is not for the inexperienced.
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Sad, he was from my company and office. I guess he and another colleague were together when he fell. Our office has had a string of bad luck lately - in the last few months in addition to this accident, one person died after riding a bike on Burrard Bridge and another young person died from a heart attack
ubishops, sorry to hear that. Condolences to all of his family and friends.

Sorry to know this person lost his life, my condolences to all. Ubishops, friends, and family.

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Agreed care is required on the pink slab,as on any scramble.Does anyone know exactly where the accident occurred?
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