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kagunkie


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A long time Gunks local, Bill Ravitch died in the New on 9-10/11 aparently in a rappeling accident. He was found on tues. at the base with the rope through rappeling anchors and the belay devise attached to his harness. Apparently he slipped while getting ready to rappel. He was a very accomplished climber with many years experience and regularly soloed things I couldnt do on top rope. I was looking forward to seeing him again. This is very sad.


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My condolences to you and his family


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Another loss to the climbing community; he will surely be missed.

My prayers will be with you and his family.

Mick


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My condolences.


-Rachel


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My condolences as well...


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More proof that this is more than just a sport. It can be your life and it can take your life. A sad day for all of us, then.

AW


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I'm soory 2 hear that.
It's so sad i had a good friend died in mountains long time back and we were searching for his body under the Ices for more than 6 months. so i know how it feels.


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Dont worry guys just remember the good times and I am sorry to hear it. You'll meet again so dont feel to bad.


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A sad story indeed.

A very simply way to prevent this kind of accident from occuring is to pull up 10 or 15 feet of rope, then tie a overhand knot. Then begin your rap. Keep a close eye on the knot so you will be ready to untie it when you get to it. You don't have to make the knot tight. I can easily untie it with one hand. You may still fall, but you won't go to the deck!

Condolences to his family and friends.

r.f


paintinhaler


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always watch your self when raping


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sorry to hear about it...condolences from the West coast


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im sorry to hear about that. While his physical aspect is no longer with us, his spirit will always be. my condolences to his family and you(kagunkie). If he loved to climb, he died doing what he loved.


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My condolences. this sport is to many of us more than a sport, it is a lifestyle, a life that we choose inherent risks sometimes with an outcome as horrible as this. this event will be felt by all........


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Truly the loss of such a climber and friend is great indeed. My sincere condolences. Rapping is where more accidents happen than in any other aspect of our sport. Please take care everyone!


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I will pray to the mountain gods for Bill and his community. He'll be back. And he'll pull hard.


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Sorry to hear that. Hope you are doing ok.

Paul


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Camboy, the person did not rapell off the rope, they had fallen from the edge before getting on the rope.


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I can't say it better than anyone else that has a post. I sorry for you and all climbers. Its always sad to lose one of your own.


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I'm sorry about your loss, but no one is exent from an accident thre are a lot of circumstances that we can't contol, sometimes even ourselves, even a knot a the end of the rope can't help ypu if it reaches the ground. A frien of mine has an accident and broke his ankles and hurted a spinal disk, he fortunately is still climbing.

Recently I recived an email signature that goes like this "Learn from your errors.... if you survive", it hard but true.


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I'm so sorry...


achilles


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I'm sorry to hear of your loss! Keep on climbing though. His spirit will live on.
Rock-a-bye!


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A sad thing for all of us. My condolences to you and all who knew him, especially his family.

breathe stone
R C


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Thats sad to hear man...I know how it feels!
My prayers are with you and his family...Climb On


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My condolences to you.

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