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Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« on: July 12, 2014, 03:37:25 PM »
Word is that there was an accident on Double V on the Barber wall early this afternoon. I was climbing at Humphreys, but I heard about it when I got home. The early word is that it was a fatality, but I have not confirmed that yet! More details as they become available.
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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2014, 05:21:19 PM »
Apparently the victim was long time area climber Brian Delaney. At first look it was an accident that took place as he was solo top-rope climbing on the Barber Wall. It is not yet known the exact reason for the fall, but he apparently fell all the way down from the top of the cliff, ~50'. He was conscious when he was found, but succumbed to his injuries on the carry-out. Thanks to Conway Rescue, Fish & Game and members of the local Mountain rescue for their efforts in the rescue.
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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2014, 05:46:39 PM »
RIP
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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2014, 06:06:39 PM »
RIP

Condolences to his family and everyone that knew him.

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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2014, 07:53:45 PM »
WOW, sad day.

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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2014, 08:19:54 PM »
I never knew Brian, but being a climber it still hits home.  I do frequent the area a lot and I say this about all climbers.  Even tho I have not met a lot of you in person, you are still part of the community I enjoy the most.  My condolences to the family.  I have soloed in the past, but I think I may think a bit more different about it now.  Again, RIP Brian.

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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2014, 08:34:41 PM »
Sad.  Always sad to learn of incidents like this one.  I only knew him by reputation.
RIP.

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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2014, 08:34:56 PM »
I never knew Brian, but being a climber it still hits home.  I do frequent the area a lot and I say this about all climbers.  Even tho I have not met a lot of you in person, you are still part of the community I enjoy the most.  My condolences to the family.  I have soloed in the past, but I think I may think a bit more different about it now.  Again, RIP Brian.

Just to be clear, he was top-rope soloing. He had a teenage daughter that he loved with all his heart and hadn't free soloed in many, many years.

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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2014, 10:09:29 PM »
Oh man....

I didn't know Brian but.....

I know they will investigate, hopefully they can determine exactly what happened. I almost went to the Barber wall today.
Sincere condolences to his family.


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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2014, 10:25:46 PM »
Regardless of someones substance abuse issues or faults, its fucking asinine to spit bullshit about them on the day they passed. Rest in peace Brian, spend the rest of your days in the mountains of your dreams.


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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2014, 10:45:29 PM »
Condolences to the friends and family. Be careful out there everyone. RIP Brian.
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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2014, 11:39:31 PM »
RIP and Godspeed.

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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2014, 06:44:25 AM »
RIP Brian
Sincere condolences to his family and friends

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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2014, 08:02:33 AM »
RIP
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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #14 on: July 13, 2014, 08:09:09 AM »
I arrived at the cliff about 1 hour after this tragic event. Brian was a great guy, and friend. My sincere sympathy goes out to his wife, daughter, and close friends and relatives. Brian was extremely experienced, and still at the top of his game. He could easily lead 5.11 off the coach, and had done the Salathe Wall, just last year.

He will be missed by many climbers of the older generation, who knew him well.

Generic Crack (5.9+), Donnelly Canyon, Indian Creek, Utah
FA: Jim Dunn, Brian Delaney, 1976

Though the route name is boring (the FA party never officially titled it), the climbing is far from it. This was the first route in Donnelly Canyon. At 130 feet long, the splitter starts at hand-sized and widens to fists at the top. Unlike many Creek cracks, this one has slots that fit big hexes perfectly. (Brian Delaney led the first pitch, placing only a few hexes.) There is a 100-foot second pitch of 5.10 offwidth, but itís not done nearly as often as the classic first pitch.
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