CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2003 |
Two rock climbers plummeted an estimated 600 feet to their deaths Sunday when an anchor holding them failed in a area known as Tahquitz Rock. Kelly Tufo, 32, of Anza and David Kellogg, 41, of San Diego were pronounced dead at the scene Sunday night by members of the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit. The men were climbing in an area frequented by experienced climbers because of the rocky, steep terrain, Riverside County Sheriff's spokesman John Kaiser said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 |
A man whose body was found hanging from a downtown Sacramento building Monday, nine stories up, appears to be a tagger who was attempting the vandalize the property, authorities say. The man had used rope to tie himself in a seated position like a rappeller, authorities said. The rope was tied off with a window washing anchor, and fire officials believe that that anchor could have held his weight. But they don't think he was a window washer. The Sacramento Bee reported that the man had two pieces of rope looped around his body in a style used by rock climbers.
October 6, 1989 |
Ed Bannister climbs the walls at work. Not that he's bored stiff with his job. Bannister just happens to work at a place that encourages such behavior. And promotes it. Bannister owns a store in Chatsworth called Art of Climbing, which sells everything a climber needs to be fashionable on the rock and not fall off. But what makes it unusual is the floor-to-ceiling climbing wall that stretches 72 feet around the interior of the shop.
August 15, 1986 |
There are some people who just aren't content to find their thrill on Blueberry Hill. Driven onward and upward, they feed a continuing need for adventure by scaling unchartered cliffs with their bare hands, nothing to keep them from plunging into an eternal free-fall but their wits and their seemingly cast-iron fingernails. These would-be Spidermen are called rock climbers.
April 16, 1995
Re "Rock Climbers See Red When Film Crew Paints Boulders," April 7: What is the world coming to when you go to the local park and find your favorite boulders devoid of that wonderful graffiti that accents the landscape so well? After living in L.A. for seven years I thought I'd seen it all. But no, no, no. I found out that another one of those insidious film crews "desecrated" Chatworth's Stoney Point Park by painting two graffiti-covered boulders. Shock and surprise! What possible logic can these rock climbers have (and the advocacy groups that represent them)
July 16, 1988 |
What some consider death-defying or just plain crazy--either with a certain amount of justification--Dave Wonderly sees as the ultimate game. What, he asks, could be more "clean" or more fun than scrambling up and around 800-foot-high rocks and cliffs, themselves perched on 8,000-foot peaks, totally unhampered by ropes and other safety devices?