Eric Metcalf died on July 8th while climbing at Moore’s Wall. I didn’t know Eric but I had seen him climb at TRC one of the few times that I went there. He was a great climber and from the people that I have spoken to that knew him, a great person. There are few things as painful as loosing a family member, especially when it happens much to soon and as the person’s true potential is starting to be realised. Big ups to his brother BassCausality, this is a great piece.
God speed Eric, may the walls be taller and falls be smaller.
Read about this guy on Reddit. Sad times. He fell 250+ feet during a rappel. Apparently he accidentally only clipped one of his ropes through his ATC. So, let his death be a reminder:
- Always double and triple check your rappel.
- Always use a prusik or klemheist autobloc backup.
- Always weight the system before you unclip from the anchors. Hell, give it a bounce or two to be sure.
In every climb, the ascent is only half way. Don’t think for a second that you can’t get hurt on the way down. Never get complacent, never get comfortable.