Kelly Bell (1970-2008)

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Kelly Bell drilling a bolt, ground-up, on a first ascent in Zonerland, Superstition Mountains, Arizona. Photo by Rick Percival.

Kelly Bell drilling a bolt, ground-up, on a first ascent in Zonerland, Superstition Mountains, Arizona. Photo by Rick Percival.

Kelly was with out a doubt, one of the best female climbers in Arizona during the 1980s. She was especially prolific in Zonerland of the Superstition Mountains, putting up numerous routes in the ground-up style. Tone of a Bell, even by today’s standards, is considered an Arizona classic. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. A memorial service was held for Kelly on June 6 at the Church of Joy in Glendale, Arizona. Kelly leaves her 15-year-old daughter behind. An endowment fund for her to go to college has been set up at taylorbellscollege.com , if anyone would like to show their support for the amazing kid of an amazing woman.