Stories From the Climbing Grief Fund

Simple, powerful videos of Alex Honnold, Quinn Brett, John Roskelley, Brette Harrington, Jesse Huey, Angela Vanwiermeersch, Jim Thomsen, Kitty Calhoun, Malcolm Daly and Lizzy Scully sharing their personal experiences with grief and loss. More stories at the Climbing Grief Fund.

By American Alpine Club | November 19th, 2019

Per the American Alpine Club’s website: “The Climbing Grief Fund (CGF) evolves the conversation around grief and trauma in the climbing community and connects individuals to effective mental health professionals and resources.”


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Bobbi Bensman: What I've Learned

Boulder, Colorado, sales rep, has done 200 5.13s, last year bouldered V9,
age “50 something.”

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Climbers We Lost in 2019

One person was 17. Two others were only 22. The people herein span every decade beyond the teens and extend to someone who reached 96.

Each year we compile our annual tribute to Climbers We Lost. Each year it feels bigger, and bigger means sadder. This year has seemed particularly painful in that we have some multiple accidents: two leading alpinists attempting a winter ascent in the Himalaya; three such in the Canadian Rockies; two little-known but extremely accomplished and well-prepared young women in the high Sierra.

We feel this compilation is important—maybe the most important thing we do all year.

We put effort and heart in the project but cannot cover everyone, and are always sad to leave anyone out, often inadvertently. We always encourage you to add photos and remembrances of any others in the comments field.

This year’s is our biggest compilation yet. We wish it were far smaller, while taking comfort in the accounts of those who lived long, fulfilling and often extremely impressive natural lifespans. Please, everyone, be careful out there.

—Alison Osius and Michael Levy

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Rolando Garibotti: What I've Learned

48, alpinist and guidebook author, lives in both El Chalten and Innsbruck

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