Wednesday, October 25, 2006

RIP

There's a wonderful tribute thread on Supertopo.com for Todd Skinner, who died Monday in an accident on Leaning Tower in Yosemite. Read it if you didn't know the man or wonder why people are talking about him. Striking to me are the kind words from certain Valley regulars who were once outraged at Skinner and his importation of new-wave free-climbing tactics to Yosemite during the 1980s. I guess death silences critics, or maybe it's just that Skinner's broad smile and relentless enthusiasm finally won out. RIP, Todd, though resting is hardly what we'd come to expect from you. Maybe "redpoint in progress."

1 comment:

Marcus Taylor said...

Todd was one of the finest climbers a fellow climber could ever share a rope with. Having shared camp 4 sites with him during the 80's always bootstraped my own efforts, and his encouragement pushed me up when I lacked the courage. Rarely does one encounter friends who are such an inspiration. We lost him to a worn belay loop. Please check you equipment, and raise a toast to Todd.