I mentioned the story a few days ago about famed rock climber Todd Skinner falling to his death in Yosemite, but at the time the details remained a bit sketchy. Today, GreatOutdoors.com has posted an updated article that gives a few more details. It seems Skinner was rappelling down a new route on The Leaning Tower in Yosemite when he fell, and while the exact cause of his fall is still under investigation, his long time climbing partner Jim Hewitt has been quoted as saying that it was the result of a worn out harness belay loop.
Skinner earned his reputation as an accomplished climber be free climbing some of the toughest walls in the World. He was seen as an innovator to the sport and even set a route on El Cap that is considered one of the toughest anywhere. He was aslo an ambassador for the sport of freeclimbing, and was generous with his time in aiding climbers with improving their own skills. He leaves behind a wife and three kids, who are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
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