Squamish Fatality: Ken Anderson, Top Trad Climber, Dies in Fall

Late on the morning of Sunday, August 4, 33-year-old Ken Anderson was leading a 5.4 scrambly section on the traversing fourth-pitch of Parallel Passages, a 1,000-foot 5.10b/c on the Chief, Squamish. Ken, a Squamish local and a 5.13 trad climber, had free soloed this route before—including on his 33rd birthday, when he also soloed two other big routes on the Chief. On this day, though, he was out for a casual roped lap on Parallel Passages with his girlfriend, Gisely Ferraz.

Gisely told Rock and Ice that as Ken was partway up the pitch when a handhold broke, and he fell. He had not placed any protection on the previous section—it was easy climbing, and terrain he had previously soloed no less.

Ken tumbled 25 meters, hitting three different ledges. Gisely soloed up the pitch—roughly 5.10a climbing—to reach the spot where Ken had landed and waited with him.

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