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Todd Skinner Dies in Rappel Accident

Submitted by ddt on 2006-11-13

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by Daniel Du Toit

Thursdays San Fransisco Chronicle reports that belay loop failure was the reason Todd Skinner fell. Skinner had ordered a replacment harness but continued to use his old one until it arrived.

There is little detail yet. Associated Press, via The Mercury News reports the accident occurred while skinner was repelling but could not report on the mode of failure. According to information Rock & Ice received, Skinner was rappelling the route Jesus Built My Hot Rod, and was several hundred feet above the base when he suddenly fell. Skinner's rappel device and locking carabiner remained attached to the rope. Climbing partner Jim Hewitt, who was unhurt in the accident, raised the alarm

Todd Skinner is survived by his wife and three children. A memorial will be held this Saturday at the Sinks Canyon Center, in Sinks Canyon, at 3 p.m.

A fund has been set up to assist the family. Donations can be sent to the
Skinner Memorial Fund
Atlantic City Federal Credit Union
704 West Main Street
Lander, WY 82520


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