/ Fool's Paradise Borrowdale - very serious rockfall
There is still much loose debris in the vicinity and there may well be more unstable blocks in the top chimney.
Climbers are urged to avoid the crag in general and this climb in particular until the local Mountain Rescue Team have had a chance to assess the situation.
Pinned that up on the notice board at work as i know some of the guys were talking of going there over the next couple of days, thanks Steven!
Do we know who was involved?
Have a few Keswickian friends who like doing that route
wes i have friends in the west of cumbria, keswick, and penrith, any chance you could give a bit more info, by e-mail if you prefer.
I'll phone around in the meantime.
I'll let you know by email
As the OP of the previous thread warning of the loose block I am deeply saddened by this news. My thoughts are with his family.
I thought that this forum would be the quickest and most effective way of spreading the warning, and I am left wondering what else we could have done, not being local to the area.
Very sad for all concerned, you played your part well, and I cannot think of anything more you could have done. It's a big world, and not all climbers use RT.
Every climber accepts ultimate responsibility for their own life each time they go out.
> As the OP of the previous thread warning of the loose block I am deeply saddened by this news. My thoughts are with his family.
> I thought that this forum would be the quickest and most effective way of spreading the warning, and I am left wondering what else we could have done, not being local to the area.
Not a lot really, given that this is the time of year when people come from all over, even Europe, to climb up there & not all are visitors to this site. Short of nailing a sign up, or an outright ban on the route. I guess we all know the risks.
Sympathy to those involved.
Firstly, don't blame yourself...
People don't check web-sites about access issues, bird nesting - and other than putting a notice at the bottom of that climb (which could have got blown away, or removed anyway) there is nothing really you could have done...
We climb outdoors at our own risk.
It sounds as though you were possbly very lucky to get away with it last week...
Sympathy to all the friends and family of the climber who was killed.
I've just recieved some very sad news regarding this thread.
All I know at the moment is that an old friend of Mine, Mathew Wilkes, and his climbinging partner we're on the route when the rockfall happened. Mathew died from his injuries, which i don't wish to list.
Mathew, and Pete Gunn we're two great friends of mine when we we're all at bicton college, and i have very fond memories of climbing together. Pete called me this evening to tell me the sad news. Pete wasn't at the climb at the time, but was house shareing with him.
My sympathies and thoughts are with Mathew's family and friends, and i just want to say here that Mathew was a great climber when i met him, always keen and very proactive.
I haven't seen Mathew or Pete for 5 years, but as i said above, i consider them great friends and i'm saddened and shocked by the news.
I'm sure we've all been in situations of danger when climbing, but this brings home the message more than ever to us. Please check to route you climb as carefully as you can. Check your holds, and check your gear.
Be safe and God Bless.
Matt was one of the greatest inspirational individuals i've ever had the pleasure to be with. He never gave up on a challenge and lived life to the full. He always thought of others, (apart from meal times in a bivvy) when his fork was bigger than anyone elses !.
It is with a very heavy heart that i write this message and i wish to god that he was back with us, but sadly all we have left are great memories of someone that must NEVER be forgotten.
Ensure that his character and name lives on (name a route after him), for he would have done the same for you..
Tony Loughran, Jill Johnston, & Katie Loughran
We would be interested to know of any ascents after the 12th.
My wife and Matthews Mum have been friends for many years; I wanted to write to express how moved I was when I read your stirring words in Matts honour. I live in the U.S. so cannot be present at Monday's service, but my thoughts will be with Matt's family and friends.
We know that there were two doctors who were climbing and a off duty mountain rescue chap who was having a coffee in the cafe who came to Philips assistance and we would like to thank them for all their brave efforts.
We climbed the route on the 13th (unaware of the accident).
Although the last pitch seemed dirty, I wasn't aware of any loose rock on it and it didn't seem any hard than the advertised 4b.
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