FALL ON ROCK, FREE-SOLO CLIMBING, El Potrero Chico, The Scariest Ride in the Park
On November 24, Jimmy Rae Forester (43) fell to his death while free-soloing The Scariest Ride in the Park (5.9). He had failed to return to camp and was found the next day at the base of this 40-pitch climb.
(Editor’s Note: The following excerpts are from an article in the March 2001 issue of Rock and Ice “Forester was well known throughout Oklahoma and Texas, where he repeated the runout trad routes and established a slew of his own, always in the ground-up, onsight style he loved. Imbued with a deep sense of climbing history, Forester sought to preserve traditional ways.
“Forester was dedicated to protecting climbing resources and was an environmental activist. ”)