Author Topic: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014  (Read 6399 times)

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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2014, 09:19:41 AM »
Thanks SA; Brian was a long time acquaintance, I dare say friend; although I hadn't seen him for a few years, we were in touch and I corresponded with him after his trip last year.This tragic news has hit me hard--sincere condolences to his family and all who loved him. RIP Brian, the Tribe will miss you!

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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #16 on: July 13, 2014, 10:09:01 AM »

He was still climbing around here when I first moved to Western Mass, and was always friendly to me despite my being a hangdogger and he steadfastly refusing the same.   Most people don't know about some of his hardest routes, since they are at Rattlesnake Gutter, which is now closed.   Ground up 5.11+ and 5.12's with no toproping, hangdogging, or cams.

Definitely one of the most naturally talented climbers I have ever seen.

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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #17 on: July 13, 2014, 10:34:53 AM »
Ward,

Jimmy Dunn said to me recently that Brian was perhaps the most talented climber in the NE, BITD. This news is going to hit quite a few climbers pretty hard. I went to Moab, and the Creek with him, and other friends just 2 years ago. Just before he fell yesterday, he had rope-soloed Jolt, on the Barber Wall. He was still at the top of his game- I would say. So tragic.

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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #18 on: July 13, 2014, 11:55:32 AM »
Is there any info on exactly what happened?

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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #19 on: July 13, 2014, 12:27:36 PM »
Ward,

Jimmy Dunn said to me recently that Brian was perhaps the most talented climber in the NE, BITD. This news is going to hit quite a few climbers pretty hard. I went to Moab, and the Creek with him, and other friends just 2 years ago. Just before he fell yesterday, he had rope-soloed Jolt, on the Barber Wall. He was still at the top of his game- I would say. So tragic.

This really sucks a lot,,,  a super talented,nice guy.  i will miss you BD

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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #21 on: July 13, 2014, 01:25:21 PM »
Great shot !!!

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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #22 on: July 13, 2014, 01:54:35 PM »
dominic that is an amazing shot, thanks a ton for posting up.

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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #23 on: July 13, 2014, 03:03:15 PM »
Great shot Dom!

Climb on Brian! Your, kindness, grace and calmness are virtues!  My heart is heavy today...

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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #24 on: July 13, 2014, 05:57:29 PM »
Thanks for the info, Al.  Sorry to be the one to start asking you questions... :(

I didn't know Brian, but the name definitely wasn't unfamiliar to me.  Thoughts going out to his family.

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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #25 on: July 13, 2014, 06:01:11 PM »
I did not know him but my thoughts go out to his family. Any loss from our community is a somber reminder about the dangers we face when we do what we enjoy.
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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #26 on: July 13, 2014, 06:08:09 PM »
When I was at UMass we lived 5 min. from the Gutter. That is where I learned to climb. I never met Brian, but that was the guy everyone talked about who climbed all these lines that were simply inconceivable to me at the time and probably still are. Near mythic. This is stunning. RIP
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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #27 on: July 13, 2014, 08:55:43 PM »
Wow!! So sorry and sad to hear this. Brian was a great guy. Condolences to his family. Peace.

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Re: Accident on Cathedral on Barber Wall - 7/12/2014
« Reply #29 on: July 13, 2014, 11:10:34 PM »
I climbed with - well not really with because I wasn't in his league - but in the proximity of - Brian off and on for 40 years.  He was always gracious, friendly - just a great guy.  Even though they were slightly younger he and his brother were mentors to me 40 years ago.  Terrible news

RIP.