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#32882 - 08/23/13 03:16 PM Sierra Challenge Climber Dies
Maverick Offline

Registered: 02/11/13
Posts: 85
Loc: CA
Pat Hadley, long time climber fell on day 7 of the Sierra

#32884 - 08/23/13 03:59 PM Re: Sierra Challenge Climber Dies [Re: Maverick]
Bee Offline

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 1261
Loc: Northern California
Thank you for keeping us informed, Maverick. The loss of Pat is a loss to us all.
The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.

#32887 - 08/23/13 04:11 PM Re: Sierra Challenge Climber Dies [Re: Bee]
Steve C Offline

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7386
Loc: Fresno, CA
Here's Bob Burd's post from the topic "2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25" on SummitPost:

Originally Posted By: Bob Burd, Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:13 pm
I am very sorry to report that Pat Hadley fell to her death yesterday morning on Diamond North. She was climbing alone at the time along the NE Ridge from Baxter Pass. Though rated class 3, the ridgeline is composed of very loose rock over a series of gendarmes and steep chutes. Some hours later her body was spotted by three other participants who reached the summit, about 150ft below the summit on the SE side of the ridge. One of them went down to check her pulse, but found she had probably died instantaneously. SAR is currently working to bring her remains back to Independence this afternoon.

All of us are devastated by this tragic loss. Our prayers and thoughts go out to her husband, family and a wide community of friends that will undoubtedly be greatly affected. Over the short time I had known her, I found her to be one of the most accomplished and kindest persons I have had the privilege to meet.

The rest of the Challenge has been canceled out of respect for Pat and her family. You will be sorely missed, Pat. God bless.

Following that post is this picture:

_________________Pat Hadley on the summit of Mt. Russell

____________________Rest in Peace, Pat!


#32941 - 08/26/13 09:34 AM Re: Sierra Challenge Climber Dies [Re: Steve C]
MooseTracks Offline

Registered: 11/02/09
Posts: 582
Loc: Bishop, CA, United States
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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Think outside the Zone.

#32946 - 08/26/13 11:34 AM Re: Sierra Challenge Climber Dies [Re: MooseTracks]
yvonne Offline

Registered: 04/25/13
Posts: 20
Loc: California
I did not have the pleasure of meeting Pat at the Sierra Challenge last week. I vividly remember her bounding into the parking lot at the end of Saturday after about 10-11 hours on the trail, smiling from ear to ear. Her love of the mtns was shining through. I followed in her footsteps a few weeks earlier to Vagabond, but her stamina & endurance was quite evident with her bagging 2 other peaks on her solo trek a few weeks before us (Cloudripper & ? benchmark), while we retreated, exhausted after only Vagabond. I honestly cannot fathom how much strength Pat possessed. I am and will always be in awe of her. Condolences to her many hiking friends. May your memories comfort you during this very hard time.

Below is one of the articles from our local paper from Orange County. If I see anything for a memorial, I will pass on here.

Orange County Register
Published: Aug. 25, 2013 Updated: Aug. 26, 2013 6:41 a.m.
Teacher who died hiking remembered as life-changer

Pat Hadley, a longtime teacher and coach at Valencia High School who died in a hiking accident Thursday, was remembered Sunday for her generosity, friendliness and devotion to helping students.

“She was the most generous person,” Bob Hadley said about his wife of 20 years as he recalled how she would run around all the athletic shoe stores in Orange County looking for deals and often bought shoes for athletes who needed shoes but couldn’t afford them.

Pat Hadley conquers a peak named Middle Palisade on August 9.


On Sunday, Bob Hadley spent the afternoon looking through photo books that captured his wife’s sense of adventure, dedication and competitive edge.

“We were just going through our pictures and decided she has the world’s most documented life,” said Hadley, who was joined by two of his wife’s former students. “She was always doing something.”

Last week, Pat Hadley was taking on one more hiking adventure before the first day of school. But no one could have predicted it would be her last.

Hadley, 54, of Yorba Linda, died Thursday in a fall on a rugged hillside in the western portion of the Inyo National Forest near Fresno County, said Jeff Mullenhour, a deputy coroner’s investigator in Inyo County.

Hadley was participating in the Sierra Challenge that began Aug. 16 and was scheduled to end Sunday, Bob Burd, an organizer of the event, said in a blog post. Participants were to climb 10 peaks in 10 days. The remainder of the event was canceled because of Hadley’s death.

Hadley fell to her death while climbing alone along a ridge near Baxter Pass outside the tiny town of Independence. She was found about 2 p.m. by another hiker, Mullenhour said, adding that an autopsy performed Sunday revealed she died of multiple traumatic injuries.

Bob Hadley said he talked to his wife every evening, but he couldn’t reach her Thursday. The next morning, he got the news.

“It was just an accident,” Hadley said Sunday. “I think she slipped on a loose rock.”

Hadley said his wife was an experienced hiker who had climbed 90 percent of California’s 14,000-foot peaks, including Mount Whitney and Mount Williamson.

As the news of Hadley’s passing spread, about 200 students and fellow teachers gathered to remember the popular teacher during a candlelight vigil Friday night at the school where she touched and changed so many lives.

“Most of her coaching was not running-related,” said Tayyab Khan, 21, who was coached by Hadley until he graduated in 2001. “She turned people who were depressed into happy people.”

Bob Hadley was in Inyo County during the vigil but learned several students left their running shoes to memorialize “Coach Hadley.”

Jim Bell, the principal at Valencia High School where Hadley taught ceramics and coached boys cross country and boys and girls track teams for nearly two decades, announced the passing in a statement posted on the school’s website.

“Pat tragically lost her life doing what she loved,” he said. “She will be missed and we ask you for your thoughts and prayers for her family.”

The Wisconsin native had athletic achievements that included national titles in mountain biking, running the Catalina Marathon and competing in the first unofficial female World Cup Soccer tournament in Brazil, Bell said.

“The postings on Facebook are illustrative of how she touched everybody’s life from people she biked with or played soccer with. … she was just an amazing person to everybody,” Bob Hadley said.

A memorial service was not immediately scheduled.

Contact the writer: 714-704-3709 or

#32991 - 08/29/13 02:50 PM Re: Sierra Challenge Climber Dies [Re: Maverick]
Snacking Bear Offline

Registered: 08/09/11
Posts: 461
Loc: Saugus, CA
Here is Bob Burd's trip report around the events of the day:
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