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Beyondreach


Jul 14, 2007, 9:49 AM
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The man has to be one the mentally and physically toughest people out there in oreder to do some of the things he's done. If anyone can survive the that sort of situation.. I refuse to give up hope until proven otherwise.


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Jul 14, 2007, 9:59 AM
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Sad news indeed.
Latest news below at 16.30(Irish Time) copied from Irish national online paper.

Naval divers to join Kerry search for missing climber
Saturday July 14 2007


Naval divers are due to arrive at Valentia Island in County Kerry within the next hour to help search for a missing American rockclimber.


Michael Reardon was standing at the bottom of a cliff when he was hit by a rogue wave, slipped and was swept out to sea.

As friends join in the search for the well-known 'extreme rock climber', Mr Reardon's family are making their way to Ireland from the United States.

Gerry O'Brien from Valentia Coastguard said that conditions yesterday would not have been suitable for a climb.


He had roots in Ireland and was proud of them and i think this clip below captures the measure of the man and something of what he felt about the country of Ireland. Of how he embraced new challenges
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and gave credit and encouragment to others.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aa-WFmpTde8
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raymondjeffrey


Jul 14, 2007, 10:17 AM
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Aw man. Shit. Good dude, met him out at the Needles. Gave gambler and I some good beta on finding the base of the Becky route. Without it we would have been bushwackin around for way too long.

Hope he's found alive...


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Jul 14, 2007, 10:20 AM
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Prayers going out for Michael and his family. Met them once last year in SLC. Fantastic people.


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Jul 14, 2007, 10:42 AM
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ouch. that sure is bad news. i really hope he is still alive. character like him are hard to find.

ireland, give us some good newsWink


wzrdgandalf


Jul 14, 2007, 12:35 PM
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Any news from Ireland? I fear the worst, typically if someone isnt found within a few hours then the chances decrese dramatically. Hopefully he is hanging out somewhere on the coast at the base of some cliffs. I have been climbing for only three years but it sure does seem like this year has been one of the worst for the climbing community. My prayers are with the reardon family and friends.


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Jul 14, 2007, 1:31 PM
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Not the news I hoped for when I woke up this morning. This fills me with such sadness and pain. Michael was SOOOO nice to me and my friends when we first started climbing at stoney point. He even let me email him some climbing films I was working on and he gave me some notes. Whenever we saw him whether at J Tree or Mailibu or where ever, he always took the time to ask how were doing and to see if we wanted to go climbing with him. I'm so saddened by this news, although I haven't lost hope. Once again I'm sending my love out to him and his family during this tough time.


brenwhelan


Jul 14, 2007, 2:02 PM
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The coastguard say that they are now looking for a body, so prepare yourselves for the worst. The weather has been good here all day, and tomorrow to begin, it will be okish, but becoming worse as the day develops.

The search will continue tomorrow, Navy divers will be conducting an underwater search. There are a large number of ships taking part, helicopters as well as rescue team members are searching the shore-line.

Hopefully it will all end quickly...


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Jul 14, 2007, 2:30 PM
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Awww man, that makes me really really sad and bummed. Not cool to hear of any death in the climbing community and one of those so well known to us here on rc.com. Oh I do hope that his family checks in here and sees that we are all very concerned.


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Here is a little insight into this area 'Wireless Point' from a UK climber who put up new routes there, he's called Bill Briggs:

Sorry to hear this news, I am sure it will become clearer with time.

About the wave, myself,Chris Jackson and John Fleming found this crag in the early 90s. We did about 30 new routes in the first 2 weeks, however we could not understand why there was no loose rock on the ledges.

We asked the man at the wireless station if he had ever seen other climber, he said we were the first he had seen, however it all made sense when he told us that the winter waves broke right over the top of the crag. Sweeping it clean. This crag is similar to Pembroke in height.

This is a very exposed coast line.


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Jul 14, 2007, 2:48 PM
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Still hoping for the best. I don't know Mike personally but he seems like a real nice guy, and strong too.


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sad news indeed. here's hoping for a miracle


alpinismo_flujo


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^Indeed...

Even though some people knock him - I think he IS a great climber.


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Man, this is awful news. Hoping for the best for him and his family.

I had the opportunity to meet him once while climbing White Lightning at Jtree, he was doing laps up and down the wall and stopped mid climb to chat and help my partner pull out a stuck cam.


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Jul 14, 2007, 7:16 PM
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alpinismo_flujo wrote:
^Indeed...

Even though some people knock him - I think he IS a great climber.

I've been critical of some of his actions, but its undeniable that he's one of the better climbers of our era, and certainly one of the more energetic people on the rocks. I really hope he turns up alive and well, if only because he makes life on this planet a little less boring.


raymondjeffrey


Jul 14, 2007, 8:10 PM
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regardless of his climbing prowess; a decent human may have been taken from his friends and family too soon. THAT is the only issue. It saddens me to think that his wife and daughter are experiencing such a heart-wrenching loss. The poor things must be inconsolable.


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raymondjeffrey wrote:
regardless of his climbing prowess; a decent human may have been taken from his friends and family too soon. THAT is the only issue. It saddens me to think that his wife and daughter are experiencing such a heart-wrenching loss. The poor things must be inconsolable.
Mike is strong of will don't write him off just yet.
I refuse to believe he won't come out of this with yet another epic tale.
my best to Marci and Nikki.
Don't give up!


blitzkrieg_climber13


Jul 14, 2007, 9:35 PM
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agreed with artm. i know michael well and still have this feeling that something is not quite right. i still have this small feeling he'll show up with a bottle of whiskey in his hand sopping wet and say, "boy do i have a story for you guys"

never lose hope


marquis_de_sade


Jul 14, 2007, 9:50 PM
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hope he swims as well as he climbs

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Jul 14, 2007, 10:53 PM
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Yeah, I know it hasn't been that long (relatively), but any word one way or the other yet? This is the latest info I was able to find:

http://www.independent.ie/...e-later-1037925.html


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jcpace


Jul 15, 2007, 3:03 AM
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my prayers for you and your family, my friend.


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Jul 15, 2007, 3:21 AM
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Well F*CK. I've been working 12's for the last several days and havent had time to do anything but eat and sleep so I'm just getting the news.

Not only is this very sad for his friends and family but I'm afraid the 'dimmer switch' on our community may have just been turned down a notch.


Irisheeye


Jul 15, 2007, 4:40 AM
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Just to keep you guys informed, heres a report on the story from last nights Irish national news station that plays in real player.

http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/0714/6news_av.html?2269322,null,230


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skram


Jul 15, 2007, 10:21 AM
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Hi. We have a first hand account from Photographer Damon Corso posted here: http://www.urbanclimbermag.com. Thoughts and prayers to all. Mark


gargrantuan


Jul 15, 2007, 10:43 AM
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wow, how incredibly sad. my condolences to his friends and family.

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