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2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby Deb » Sat Aug 24, 2013 4:26 am

My life has been enriched by climbing peaks and getting to know her at camp or along the trail. Easily the kindest person I've known. It was her urging when we did Milestone/Midway that I took myself to ER for my medical issue after that trip. I learned which plants I could eat and countless flower names from her. She never failed to be a positive force and we had great chemistry together out there.
Her talks of her "kids" at school and growing up in Wisconsin and how she looked forward to being home with her hubby and "napping" with him ... I can not ever forget her sweet loving nature and how open and giving she was. She said she liked climbing mtns with me because I was tough and moved over stone nicely. I am deeply flattered.
I am angry and disbelieving today that someone so treasured is gone in a flash. Happily, the last thing I said to her was "I'll be thinking of you. Love you."
A damn tragic loss ~
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby mlarkin2002 » Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:31 am

What terrible news. Condolences to all affected by this terrible accident.

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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby clmbr » Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:14 pm

Each time we go to the mountains we challenge ourselves for another adventure; sometimes we have fun, sometimes we suffer, but always go back again and again even though it’s very sad to read such stories.

My condolences to Pat’s family and friends.
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby artrock23 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 12:05 am

Wow, I just heard about this from a non-climbing friend on facebook.

Such a loss. R.I.P., Pat.
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby DukeJH » Sun Aug 25, 2013 2:51 am

I just heard about this on the summit of Mount Langley from a couple of Sierra Challengers. I had the privilege of trying to keep up with Pat in the 2012 challenge to the Ritter/Banner saddle. I cannot add to what has been said but am in shock over the loss to the hiking and climbing community.

Rest in peace Pat. You will be missed.
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby Vitaliy M. » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:09 am

Terrible news.
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby Princess Buttercup » Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:36 pm

Our Sierra Challenge family has suffered a tremendous blow, and I will write more after I return from my Labor Day trip. Pat was a dear friend, a fellow traveller, a powerhouse. Her spirit will live on in the heights.

From my own piece, speaking originally of Andrea Mead Lawrence:

"We are women of the mountains, she and I... Indirectly, I stand on her shoulders, and she will ride with me. 'Mountains can be one’s old, wise friends,' she writes. Travel well, my friend. It is what we women of the mountains do."

All The Right Reasons

Climb Hard. Be Safe.
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby cab » Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:43 pm

I had the pleasure of hiking and climbing with Pat quite a bit over the past couple of years. She was one of the most kind and enthusiastic people I have ever met. She was always up for anything and had a spirit that was infectious to anyone around her.

I have so many great memories of the adventures we have gone on together and knowing that we won't be able to do that anymore is very difficult.

Rest in peace, Pat. You will never be forgotten.

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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby Ze » Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:58 pm

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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby Deb » Tue Aug 27, 2013 5:03 am

Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Pat Hadley on Friday, 30 August at Valencia High School Gymnasium, 500 Bradford Ave, Placentia, 92870. Doors open at 1PM for all who want to browse photos and momentos of Pat's life. At 3:30 the floor will open for friends to share their thoughts and experiences with Pat.
Anyone along Hwy 395 interested in carpooling, please PM me.
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby Peak Freak » Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:27 pm

Such a heart-breaking loss of life.
Hugs to everyone in the Sierra (and beyond).
Pat's legacy sounds like it will live on as strongly as she did.
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby Ze » Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:19 am

These are pictures someone shared on her facebook wall that I thought were great, hope they don't mind me sharing here.

She was an elite level mountain biking athlete, placing 3rd at the world championships one year.

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There are so many posts from former and current students about how great of a coach and teacher she was.
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby Augie Medina » Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:38 pm

Her toughness and her friendly character are both reflected in the second photo above.
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby Bob Burd » Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:43 pm

I've finished a more detailed report concerning the incident for those interested:

www.snwburd.com/bob/trip_reports/diamond_north_1.html

It was not easy to write, but I had much help from the principals involved. Pat will be sorely missed.

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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby Augie Medina » Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:17 pm

Bob,

A captivating narrative of a tragic event. As you say, we can probably never know exactly what precipated her fall, but a possible scenario of weighting a piece thought secure but which gave way, is something that can happen to anyone, however careful. Condolences to her family and friends.
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