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Colorado climbing legend Bill Forrest dies at 73

12:07 PM, Dec 28, 2012   |    comments
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The Denver Post reports the 73-year-old Salida resident was with his wife, Rosa, when he collapsed Dec. 21. Other hikers performed CPR, but Forrest died at the scene.

 Forrest was known for the first ascent of the Painted Wall in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River in 1972 - a 2,500-foot climb on sheer granite that took nine days.

Kris Walker, his climbing partner during the ascent, says Forrest never quit, adding "that word was not part of his vocabulary." Forrest pioneered the "Friends" active cam-nut protection system, a climbing aid, and was behind the Mjolnir, the first rock-and-ice hammer with interchangeable picks.

A memorial service is scheduled in Salida on Jan. 13.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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