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Reports are coming in that Todd Skinner died on Leaning Tower in Yos today... no real details yet.

So sad... so very sad.


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really??? thats bad. anyone has any info?


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He had so much positive energy, it is very sad news. My condolences to his family and friends.


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I'll never forget our first meeting. I was in the valley in the late '70's with my GF for a week of cragging after school got out. On the second or third day an orange VW bus pulled up and a couple of youngsters got out (Allright, we were pretty young, too.) and said howdy. Of course, it was Paul and Todd, and it was their first time to the Valley. We ended up sharing a site in C4 for the week, fixing meals together, drinking bottles of wine and occaisionally even climbing. On the last day we decided to cook breakfast for everyone who shared our site. I had a big can of coffee and one of those 20lb bags of oranges that you could buy for $2 on the way into the Valley. Todd offered up some of his family's 186 year-old sourdough pancake mix and my GF hopped on the shuttle to grab some syrup from the store.

I've had a lot of great climbing adventures in the Valley but this pancake breakfast was the most memorable adventure of all. As people kept drifting into the parking lot on the way to their chosen climb, Todd and Paul kept offering them pancakes. Before we knew it we had 6 Svea stoves sputtering away on the old parking barrier; each one capable of making a single pancake in the lid of a Sigg pot. And, of course, the line of climbers waiting for breakfast grew. Each person in line got a burned pancake, a slice of orange, a full cup of coffee and a big HOWDY from Todd and Paul.

I think we fed the whole damn camp that day because we had to make 3 or 4 resupply trips to the market and were still serving "Pinedale Pancakes" until early afternoon.

I'll never forget that morning because it was the first time I had randomly met some climber, felt that instant shared heritage and bond and formed a lifetime friendship. I didn't know it then but that morning was my welcome into the wonderfuly tight community of climbers that I've come to depend on. Todd and Pauls gracious hospitality towards the line of climbers they had never met, their welcoming of any and all into our campfire circle was a lesson that I've never forgotten.

I miss you Todd. Peace be with you. See you around.

Mal

PS: Can't help but mention that 2 months after our pancake breakfast, my GF ran off with Todd. I was pissed at the time but in retrospect, it was probably the best thing that had happened to me;-). Once again, thanks, Todd.


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Condolences to his family.


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very sad news

my sincerest condolences to friends and family


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Man this sucks. Too many legends are leaving us.

RIP


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wow, tragic.

I never met him. I know that some of his ethics were controversial, but from everything I have heard, he lived with passion and positivity for climbing and life.

My condolences to his family and friends.


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Today, we mourn the passing of a legend.

"They shall not grow old, as we who are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We shall remember them."

RIP, Todd.


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....another very sad day for the climbing world.... :cry:


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What a great story, Mal. Very touching.

Sincere condolences to family and friends.


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What a great story, Mal. Very touching.

Sincere condolences to family and friends.

Seconded. Many thanks for sharing such a wonderful story. My deepest sympathies to friends and family.


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Sincere condolences to family and friends.
A great loss.


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Sincere condolences to family and friends.
A great loss.


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This is very sad news, indeed. He was definitely a pioneer and helped shape the future of rock climbing. My sincere condolences to his family.


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Very sad news indeed :cry: :cry: :cry:

I remember reading about Todd in the mags when I first started climbing, and sifting trough all the videos in the library to find his climbing videos. He truly broke new ground. I never had the opportunity to meat him, but have spoken to some who have... I remember all of them talking about his kind encouraging nature.

My thoughts go out to his family.

May his afterlife be full of unclimbed granite peaks and undiscovered mountain ranges.

Rest in peace among the peaks Todd.

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This is very shocking news. Condolences go out to friends and family. I was out at Devils Tower the other day looking at Syncronicity. A climb put up by Todd & John (Gambler) Rosholt. Now their both missing from this dimension. Perhaps they are climbing together on the big rock in the sky. Todd had a large impact on this 3rd rock from the sun. Many hard lines went down by his hands from Yosemite to Africa to Pakistan. A sad day indeed. I'm still in disbelief......


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Everyone who ever spoke of him described him like a high strung golden retriever, always eager to jump on the next thing. His energy and exuberance for the sport will be missed.


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When I first started climbing Todd was quite an inspiration. I can't say I really new him, but I have met him and somehow that creates a personal link for me.

Having gone through my wife's near death experience earlier this year I have a pretty good idea, but still can't even BEGIN to fathom what his wife and kids are going through right now.

It just makes me get a sinking, sick feeling in my stomach to think about their loss.

My heart goes out to Amy, his kids, his Father, and the rest of his family.


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Thank you for a great story, Mal. Very touching. This sport needs more people with that kind of attitude and energy.

Sincere condolences to family and friends.


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RIP Todd, condolences to his family and loved ones.


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Hey Malcom, that was a great story about the pancakes. A good memory to share.

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