/ Patrick Edlinger RIP
cause not known at the mo
I remember struggling on Debilof - Le Blond soloed it barefoot! A sad day.
An immortal legend!
God, that's terrible. Illness rather than accident, presumably? No wonder his gite in the Verdon wasn't returning calls a couple of months ago.
> God, that's terrible. Illness rather than accident, presumably? No wonder his gite in the Verdon wasn't returning calls a couple of months ago.
It appears to have been something sudden. Apparently Patrick had been going through a troubled personal moment, but I've no idea if this is related with his death or no.
A climbing legend. How sad.
Very sad news indeed
I thought UKC would have had an article about his life.
He was a amazing climber dirty Derek used to emulate him so sad both are not with us anymore.
Hope you are well.
Anyone know cause of death yet?
Alcoholism according to some sources. Damn shame.
> I thought UKC would have had an article about his life.
I'm sure they will if you give them a chance.
I am really well and climbing almost every day - suppose I am finally living that dream we all had back in 'Windy Ledge' days. Hope you are well also.
Terrible news. That such a once free spirit is gone is heartbreaking.
Every fumble that we make is a pale echo of his grace.
P.S. Although I'm sure Chris meant no disrespect, I'd agree that it would be appropriate to change the title of the thread. Even something simple like 'The Death of Patrick Edlinger' would surely be more dignified - and fitting.
Wolfgang Gullich, John Bachar, Patrick Edlinger. It is sad and surprising that they are all of the same generation, and all died young.
Carney good to hear you are still living the dream and climbing well. Derek was a legend and I remember all the good times we had back in the Windy Ledge days.
Thanks Mods for changing the title, no offence intended.
Hope you are recovering well from the shoulder op.
In Italy it is widely reported that he fell down his rather treacherous staircase landing on two mattresses, kept in position for such events. Tragically there was a small gap between the mattresses and his head impacted between them, on the floor. He crawled to his bathroom but died there from a brain hemorrhage. The assumption is that he fell occasionally as a result of drinking a glass or two in excess, a bad habit he had openly discussed.
Whether this is true or not remains to be seen, however, I think it was first reported by the Corriere dello Sport and having met the editor, I know that he is an expert in mountaineering (he wrote a biography of Cassin) and a serious journalist, so I presume it is accurate.
Edlinger died in a home accident as the one you've described. The original cause of the accident however has not been officially stated, and I think it will be never established.
His personal problems and his excessive drinking were well known, but I'm not aware it was positively confirmed this was the cause of the fall.
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