Carderock Geoff Accident

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  • Sunday, December 29, 2013 7:36 AM
    Message # 1464595
    This is from John Gregory:

    Geoff Fararr, AKA Carderock Geoff, was seriously injured falling from the traverse near Cripple's crack at Carderock this afternoon. He hit his head on a sharp rock and the edge of a railroad tie, sustaining head injuries including a fractured skull and jaw. NPS airlifted him out from the base of the cliff to suburban hospital. He is in the ICU, his wife is coming from WVA.
    John Gregory

    I hope Geoff pulls through this and makes a speedy recovery.
  • Sunday, December 29, 2013 9:03 PM
    Reply # 1464835 on 1464595
    Geoff passed away at Suburban Hospital. I will pass along any information I get about arrangements.
  • Monday, December 30, 2013 4:56 PM
    Reply # 1465219 on 1464595


    Just heard about this from a co-worker.  I am speechless.  He was a great guy, I always enjoyed bouldering with him, and he truly taught me how to use my feet.



  • Tuesday, December 31, 2013 12:47 PM
    Reply # 1465616 on 1464595
    This is really unfortunate news.  I climbed with Geoff many times at Carderock.  He was always very helpful and encouraging, especially on the harder climbs.  I had to suppress some giggles at the way he spoke sometimes (I think we all had to do this).
  • Tuesday, December 31, 2013 6:12 PM
    Reply # 1465791 on 1464595
    Gregory Landrigan
    It's hard to imagine Carderock without Geoff's beta on boulder problems and stories. It's also hard to believe the way that he went.  He will be very missed. 

    John, please make sure we know about the arrangements when you hear.

  • Thursday, January 02, 2014 4:02 PM
    Reply # 1466786 on 1464595
    Ocean Eiler
    He will be greatly missed. Addison and I just found out. A lot of great problems and beta is sadly now lost, along with the parks greatest advocate. Please let us know about his service, we would like to attend. 

  • Thursday, January 02, 2014 5:25 PM
    Reply # 1466870 on 1464595
    Good with the beta, but he could dominate a conversation. Talked until blood shot out of your eyes. I 'll miss him.
  • Friday, January 03, 2014 9:33 AM
    Reply # 1467214 on 1464595
    I liked Geoff and I feel sad this happened. It's tragic, but...

    I don't want anyone to miss the point. He shouldn't have been free climbing, and neither should you. He had small falls in recent years. I wish he had learned from them.

    Perhaps because he and I are both senior citizens, I could talk to him straight. I kept trying to tell him that skills and strength weaken as we age and it was time to use some sense. I feel sad I couldn't get through to him.

    Worse, he set a poor example for newer climbers that it was OK for them to free climb. I saw many that followed him at levels and heights they should not have been climbing without protection.

    I hope we learn from this tragedy and use common sense in being safe when we climb.
  • Friday, January 03, 2014 10:50 AM
    Reply # 1467270 on 1464595
    Couldn't disagree with you more Doug. Geoff was 4 to 5 feet off the ground, max,  when he fell. So now we all have to TR boulder problems and wear helmets while we do? I suppose a fixed rope should be rigged on the descent to the rocks? 

    One of my greatest joys was growing up at Carderock, mastering the problems and feeling free on the rock. Climbing means different things to different people. We all have to abide by rules and consider how our action impacts others but thankfully climbing is still one area where, if you don't damage the environment, you are free to express yourself. 
    I know you mean well but using Geoff's death as a "told you so" moment is inappropriate.  Can you imagine Geoff fettered by a rope while bouldering? He would have left Carderock long ago. As it was I think he found refuge and peace there and I'm glad for it. 

    Spoken as another "senior" citizen who hopes to still move free over stone.
  • Friday, January 03, 2014 2:09 PM
    Reply # 1467387 on 1464595
    John, Sure didn't mean "I told you so." Just be safe.

    Surprised it was such a short fall. Geoff often was much higher. We all climb more than 5 feet without protection.

    Perhaps a better lesson is: life is precious and impermanent and we need to appreciate each day we have.

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