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Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Pete Absolon of NOLS Killed in Accident on 08/14/2007 08:51:32 MDT Print View

Pete Absolon was killed in a climbing accident this weekend in the Wind River Range.

Pete was the new director at NOLS Rocky Mountain. He is survived by his wife, Molly, and 7-year old daughter, Avery.

Pete was climbing a new route in the Leg Lake region of the winds, not far out of Lander, when a hiker dislodged (or threw, the details are sketchy and the incident is being investigated by the county Sheriff) a rock down from the ridge, which struck and killed Pete. He was wearing a helmet.

Ryan

Edited by ryan on 08/14/2007 08:51:51 MDT.

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Pete Absolon of NOLS Killed in Accident on 08/15/2007 16:49:39 MDT Print View

It now appears the rock was thrown, making his death both tragic and completely preventable. How sad.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/outdoors/2003837589_webclimberdeath15.html

Al Shaver
(Al_T.Tude) - F - M

Locale: High Sierra and CA Central Coast
Rock Throwing on 03/02/2008 19:25:17 MST Print View

While visiting my old Boy Scout Council's Camp Lodge in the Sierra I saw a report of this accident posted entitled "Why We Don't Throw Rocks".

I'm sure it would be small comfort to Molly and Avery, but this tragedy is being used by the Boy Scouts to help prevent such events from occuring again.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Pete Absolon Killed in Accident on 03/03/2008 19:00:45 MST Print View

At the age of seven or eight, me and my brother were throwing stones from the edge of a moraine into it when we noticed some climbers coming up towards us. I never thrown another stone after that except for the occasional stone skipping competition.
Franco

Russell Swanson
(rswanson) - F

Locale: Midatlantic
Follow up on 03/04/2008 06:49:41 MST Print View

Here's a brief article in the Charleston Gazette following up on these events. Not much information but some might be interested:

http://sundaygazettemail.com/News/200803010431

There's also an article in Outside magazine written about the accident:

http://outside.away.com/outside/culture/200801/pete-absolon-1.html