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A Climber We Lost: Giselle Field, July 13

You can read the full tribute to Climbers We Lost in 2021 here.

Giselle Field, 28, July 13

“So live big. Live for those we’ve lost. Live for the future we want to have, the people we want to become. And celebrate every moment.”—Giselle Field

Giselle Field was an artist, business leader, wife, daughter, sister, friend, adventurer, and climber. In a moving eulogy on her GoFundMe Page, her friend Jason Danoff called her “a creative genius” and “inspiration for a generation.”

After growing up in Oxnard, California, the high-spirited daughter of Martha and Paco Fernandez, Giselle met her husband, Derek Field, in September 2010 while pursuing a degree in graphic design at Cal Lutheran University.

Giselle was very goal oriented—”she kept lots of journals with goals written down and steps to get there,” says Derek—and she enjoyed discovering all the different styles of climbing. “But she was especially in love with crack climbing. She just absolutely loved it.” Derek and Giselle grew into rock climbing together, beginning in areas like Malibu Creek and Echo Cliffs in the Santa Monica Mountains, then moving on to Joshua Tree, the Eastern Sierra, and Tahquitz Rock in Idyllwild. After relocating to Flagstaff in 2015, she and Derek became fixtures in Arizona’s climbing community.

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