Climbing pioneer Herb Conn passed away in his home near Custer, South Dakota, on February 1, at the age of 91.
Prominent Norwegian climbers Bjorn-Eivind Artun, 45, and Stein-Ivar Gravdal, 37, died while attempting a new ice route on the big wall of Kjerag, Lyesbotn, in southwest Norway.
Harvey Carter--climbing icon and legend--passed away Tuesday, March 13, at the age of 83. With a climbing career lasting more than 60 years, Carter pioneered and discovered many of the well-known climbing areas in the four-corners area, including the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, and is rumored to have made over 5,000 first ascents.
Doug Buchanan was filled with hospitality, humor, wit, intelligence, incredible drive, insight, and honor. His last adventure was a fight with cancer.
4/25/11 - Nawang Gombu Sherpa, who accompanied Jim Whittaker to the summit during the first American ascent of Mt. Everest, in 1963, died at home in India on April 24.
9/29/10 - Kurt Albert died on September 28 as the result of injuries from a fall on a via ferrata route in Germany three days earlier.
8/23/10 - On Saturday, August 21, Belgian climber Chloe Graftiaux died after falling from the South Face of Aiguille Noire de Peuterey in the Mont Blanc.
Canadian ice climber Guy Lacelle died in an avalanche in Hyalite Canyon, Montana, while climbing a snow gully between climbs.
Charles Houston, a pioneering American climber and altitude researcher, died at his home in Vermont on September 27. He was 96.
Craig Luebben, the well-known Colorado climber, guide, teacher, and author, was killed early Sunday morning when glacial ice collapsed on Mt. Torment in North Cascades National Park.
7/06/09 - On July 5, the climbing world lost one of its greatest icons: John Bachar. While climbing alone at the Dike Wall near Mammoth Lakes, California, Bachar fell to the ground, though the circumstances of the fall remain unclear.
John Pilla was the owner and operator of Mountains Unlimited in Waterbury, Connecticut. He passed away unexpectedly on April 9th, 2008 while rock climbing when he suffered a heart attack after completing a tough 5.9+ near Plymouth, Connecticut.