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maracas


Nov 26, 2006, 1:57 PM
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Jimmy Ray Forrester died in Potrero Chico
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Local newspaper reports the death of a person in potrero, apparently a climber from Dallas.

Sorry I could not post the link, it is suscription based, so instead the translation from Google:

Monterrey, Mexico (26 November 2006). - A American mountain climber died after falling of approximately 100 meters of height of mountains of Small Potrero, in Hidalgo, Nuevo Leo'n. Gerald Lazcano Cave, director of Police and Transit of that municipality, informed that the foreigner was identified like James Ray Forrester, of 40 years, that were original of Forth Worth, Texas. The identity of the victim was revealed by a friend, who along with arrived he at the Put Hotel, where they provided with accomodations in Small Potrero. In agreement with the investigations, the American that it was killed, left single to 5:00 hours Friday with the objective to scale some wall; nevertheless, it did not take the equipment adapted, already according to its friend only it used a snap harness. Lazcano Cave said that it was possible to be established that the night of Friday Forrester did not return, reason why his companion was alarmed and given warning to the recepcionista, that warned the Police, that it discarded to initiate the search due to the dark. The morning of yesterday students, police elements and of Civil defense left to look for the American. The rescatistas were divided in groups to rake in different zones; nevertheless, after 8 hours body was found by a called small dog “Isaiah”, who began to bark when he smelled the body of Forrester, informed Ramiro Lopez Nájera, element of Civil defense of the State. Once they located the corpse, the rescatistas used cords and a stretcher in which they surrounded to lower it it of between stones of the hill. The authorities suppose that the foreigner passed away in the course of Friday, apparently by the fractures was caused after the fall. The body was transferred to the entrance of the Recreational Center Small Potrero, where they gave warning to the delegate of Public ministry of Escobedo, Eugene G. Loyal González, gave faith of the decease and requested that they took the body to the University Hospital.


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gweaver


Nov 26, 2006, 2:48 PM
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I am Jimmy Ray's sister from Fort Worth and we are struggling to get the details. Please reply if anyone knows anything! We are all truly devastated and saddened!Frown


maracas


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I wish I could be of help but I am in Canada right now. I am sure more people will be abe to help you.

May he rest in peace.


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this is terrible. I knew and climbed with Jimmy a bit. Just got off the phone with a friend from Dallas who told me the news. He was a solid, bold climber, and always psyched on new areas and routes in Texas and Mexico. wow.


luker


Nov 26, 2006, 4:12 PM
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gweaver. i pm'd you contact information for someone who can give you more details. if you need more help please let me know.


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Nov 26, 2006, 4:42 PM
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My deepest and sincerest condolencences to the family and friends of Jimmy Ray.
RIP


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dbcooper


Nov 26, 2006, 4:57 PM
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we heard of this horrible news yesterday afternoon via a phone call from mexico. i wish i had more information but i don't. i do know that his body is in route back to dallas. this is a tragic day. i am so sorry. jimmy was a great person and a passionate climber. here at exposure he was part of our family. we are all devistated. we are trying to put together a memorial fundraiser in which all benifits will go to his daughter. i will repost any news that i get. again, i am so sorry for his family's loss.


islandbear


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I am so very sorry, gweaver, for the terrible loss of your brother. My thoughts are with you, as I'm sure are those of many of this community.
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Annie


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Jimmy had a profile here.

http://www.rockclimbing.com/...gi?username=jimmyray


dfranklin


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Thank you so much for that link. I am Jimmy's other sister and I am so grateful for any pictures and information. We are absolutely devastated by this tragic accident!!! Thank you again.


crankenstein


Nov 26, 2006, 8:30 PM
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I'm so sorry to hear this. I didn't personally know Jimmy, but I had exchanged emails with him and talked to him regarding some CTCC history and he was always very polite and eager to listen. He seemed like a truly caring person that love everything about climbing. My sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. Our climbing community has suffered a loss as well.


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Nov 27, 2006, 9:01 AM
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I had also exchanged emails with Jimmy about possibly climbing sometime but had not had the opportunity to meet him in person. I am truly sorry and will keep your family in my prayers! Frown


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Nov 27, 2006, 9:13 AM
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we were down in EPC when everyone was notified that he was found.

He was soloing "the scariest ride in the park"

which is a very dangerous 40+ pitch ridge climb. It was speculated that he had a heavy pack on and fell from one of the very beginning pitches of the climb.

I am very sorry for your loss, this news affected us all :(


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Nov 27, 2006, 9:22 AM
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We in Oklahoma are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and fellow climber. Jimmy was a passionate and dedicated climber; reasoned, friendly, and driven. His passion extended beyond the simple act of climbing, as a board member of the Wichita Mountains Climbers Coalition he was pivotal in helping maintaining access to the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge and continuing the protection of climbing for future generations. Jimmy was a leader in every sense, a respected voice in our community. He preferred traditional ground-up ascents and most (if not all) of his routes went up in this manner. He spoke often of his experiences, his trips, his friends, and his family. It will be hard not having him around. He will be remembered through his writings, the stories we share, and the memories we hold dear.


crankmarklar


Nov 27, 2006, 9:28 AM
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I would like to express our deepest sympathy to Jimmy's family and close friends. We can only hope that warm memories of smiles and campfire tales will wrap you and comfort you. Jimmy's smile and contagious laughter will be missed by all those who knew him.

In an effort to help offset travel and funeral expenses for his family I will be collecting donations @ Mathis Brothers Furniture in Oklahoma City. Mathis is centrally located and we are open until 9pm each evening. I will make sure funds collected will be expedited directly to Jimmy's mother in Dallas.

To the Oklahoma climbing community lets bring an old friend home and comfort his family with love and our generosity.

Respectfully, Lori and Tony Mayse


okieterry


Nov 27, 2006, 9:35 AM
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That confirms what came to mind as soon as I heard about the accident. In 2003, Jimmy Ray and I were admiring that beautiful ridge line and talked to Dane about it. Its just a fantastic looking route. Later on, Jimmy told me that Dane had done the route, so we missed the first ascent. I bet Jimmy Ray thought he could easily solo most of it and maybe rope up any hard stuff that came along. He loved adventure and this definitely fit the bill.

I loved jimmy like a brother and his passing is hard to take. I'm trying to just focus on all the good times we had.

Terry Andrews


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Nov 27, 2006, 9:44 AM
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God Bless his soul and family..

Jimmy was one of the best climber I have ever met a true hardman, a Texas Legend. His passion for the rock and setting new routes was boundless. I always view Jimmy as a mentor and a friend. His love for climbing was only surpassed by his love of his new daughter.

Jimmy was an super climber, a great friend and a person who will be missed by many..


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jer


Nov 27, 2006, 9:58 AM
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Awww no, Jimmy.

I met Jimmy at the Horseshoe Canyon competition a couple months ago. I was MC'ing and called him out from the stage even though I didn't really know him - "That guy looks like a Black Canyon climber".

He was blown away- "how did this stranger know about me?!" I knew who he was through online stories and pictures; a man whose resume preceeded him. He has climbed over 30 routes in the Black!

We ended up becoming fast friends at this event; keeping each-other company throughout the night. Jimmy told stories that kept us all laughing and energized. His energy and encouragement were contagious.

At one point, my partner and I were alone on a route climbing by headlamp. I was struggling, and from the darkness, Jimmy shouted "You can do it!! Hold on!" I want to shout the same encouragement to his sisters, his daughter, his friends and family- You CAN make it through this! There are many praying for you this week. I want to be there in Mexico shouting the same thing he said to me- "Hold on, Jimmy Ray!"

We planned to climb together this winter, and I was looking forward to hearing more of his stories, and feeding from his boundless energy and our similar dark humor.

I talked to Jimmy recently and together we wrote some Texas jokes for him to tell before a climbing competition. One that he liked was "How can you tell a climber's from Texas? Their cowboy boots have sticky rubber."

Wish we could have made it to the Black together, Jimmy. Thanks for the inspiration.

God bless,
jer


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Nov 27, 2006, 10:02 AM
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No words of mine will ever do Jimmy justice. As a young climber I looked up to Jimmy like a legend; I even quoted him from the '06 spring fling in a paper about clean climbing.

My deepest condolences to Jimmy's family, especially his little girl.

Jimmy Ray, you're an inspiration to us all.


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Nov 27, 2006, 10:55 AM
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Damn. My best wishes to Jimmy Ray's loved ones. From the sound of things around here, he's a very respected and well-liked man. Frown


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Nov 27, 2006, 11:23 AM
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This is very sad news, especially for his child. My only climbing experience with Jimmy was one day when I took pictures of him climbing Dr Coolhead in the Narrows for Chuck Lohn's climbing guide. He patiently and expertly led Coolhead 4 separate times so I could take pictures from various angles and positions. We then went over to some new crack routes he'd discovered in Charon's garden where I proceeded to shred my hands. To Jimmy's sisters and other relatives, if you'd like copies of some of these pictures from that day please let me know and I'll do the best I can to get them to you.

Chris Corbett


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Nov 27, 2006, 11:26 AM
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If I had known what Jimmy was up to I would have insisted on going with him and made him use protection on the first couple hundred feet of the ridge. While the climbing was easily within his ability level, the quality of the rock there (as in any Potrero ridge) is definitely x-rated.

Our sincerest condolensces go out to his family and friends.


gweaver


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That would be wonderful if you could get me some copies of those!! He was an awesome guy!! Thank you for your kind words!!
Derinda Forester-Nickel


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Nov 27, 2006, 11:52 AM
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Maracas,

Would you mind copying and pasting the original article in spanish here?

Thank you,
Edgar Martinez


chrisc425


Nov 27, 2006, 11:53 AM
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gweaver wrote:
That would be wonderful if you could get me some copies of those!! He was an awesome guy!! Thank you for your kind words!!
Derinda Forester-Nickel

Definitely. I will contact you via your email address.

Chris

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