Monday, June 8, 2009

Huge Loss of Micah, Jonny, and Wade in Sichuan Mountains China.

I first met Micah about eight years ago when he joined the Yosemite Rescue Team. Micah was a bad‐ass wall climber but had a lot to learn about free climbing the cracks. I remember stumbling around a corner one day at Arch Rock just in time towatch him take a giant whipper on a 10a‐plus fingers to offwidth crack called Midterm!As a seasoned crusty Yosemite veteran I hazed him with the appropriate amount of teasing and slander. To my surprise and delight, three years later Micah was cranking 5.12 cracks onsite and redpointing 5.13 quickly. “Remember Midterm” he yelled down to me one day from the top of a heinous Indian Creek finger crack that he on‐sited, and that I an hour earlier had whipped off, “this feels way easier than midterm,” he smirked. The tables had turned. Micah continued to progress at a blistering pace and was soon sending the gnar in the mountains and living the dream of a sponsored bad ass! Through Micah I met Johnny Copp who became Micah’s partner in the mountains and friend for life. Johnny struck, me as the archetype of everything an alpinist should be, big, burly, seemingly undaunted by the sort of situations that make most men pee their pants. He wore one of those infectious smiles that beamed positive energy, and the two of them together was a super strong if not somewhat comedic super team of the small and big. Micah was my brother and the loss I’m feeling right now is impossible to put in words…and I really haven’t event registered the reality that Micah will probably not be walking through the door gnawing on a carrot like a hyperactive rabbit and showing his rippling abs and asking if he looks fat. Right now the world just seems cruel and unfair…I’m going to miss you brother…I love you man….Cedar.

I have lost good friends Micah Jonny and Wade to an Avalanche in the Sichuan Mountains of China. There are no words for how deeply this tragedy is rocking our community..... The Latest Updates on Adventure Film


  1. Hi Cedar,
    We feel sorry to hear that.
    Us, Brazucas, send best wishes to you and to the family of yours friends.

    Gabriel RAMOS

  2. Man Cedar.... What a video.....
    Defying death is all part of the rush isn't it??
    Thinking of you and all your climbing buddies... these three guys will be missed I'm sure. Be careful damnit!!!

  3. This is really sad news, i never met them but watching the sharp end was inspiring. Just reading posts on Supertopo the last couple of days, they seemed like super sound guys. I don't think i have seen a more inviting photo of someone than of Jonny with that flower.

  4. Cedar,

    I had the pleasure to know those guys (Micah and Jonny) in France last year and was enough to know about them love for the mountains, life, good vibrations and good feelings. I can't imagine how hard is being for all of you guys, but i know, somehow, that they are alive. Alive in our memories and our hearts.

    Take care man.

    With love,


  5. Força brother, we never lost who are in our mind.
    Keep in touch!

  6. I am really sorry! I really got no words for such situation.... I only saw the Sharp End and I really wish them R.I.P. and keep on rising!!!