I am very sorry to report that Pat Hadley fell to her death yesterday morning on
Diamond North. She was climbing alone at the time along the NE Ridge from Baxter
Pass. Though rated class 3, the ridgeline is composed of very loose rock over a series
of gendarmes and steep chutes. Some hours later her body was spotted by three other
participants who reached the summit, about 150ft below the summit on the SE side
of the ridge. One of them went down to check her pulse, but found she had probably
died instantaneously. SAR is currently working to bring her remains back to
Independence this afternoon.
All of us are devastated by this tragic loss. Our prayers and thoughts go out to her
husband, family and a wide community of friends that will undoubtedly be greatly
affected. Over the short time I had known her, I found her to be one of the most
accomplished and kindest persons I have had the privilege to meet.
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The rest of the Challenge has been canceled out of respect for Pat and her family.
You will be sorely missed, Pat. God bless.