Sad News, 12 year old Tito Traversa

Supertopo blogIn tragic news, 12 year old climbing prodigy Tito Traversa has died while climbing.

There will be many reports and Monday morning quarterbacks discussing the tragedy, and placing blame.

This is not one of those posts.   You can read more about the accident and the cause here.  I’m glad to see that the climbing community is coming together to recognize and mourn this young boy rather than place blame and/or point fingers.  (Read the comments).  It says something that we value his life and don’t want to add more burden to his family with “I told you so’s” and “should haves.”

Instead, I just want to take a moment to say that we all have those times that we didn’t check gear/place gear/check knots etc.  Most of us don’t fall to our deaths and have another chance to remind ourselves that people count on us, love us, want us to be safe.   We all need to be more careful, more aware, and more cognizant of what we are doing, and what we are asking or allowing our children to do.

If I have had moments of inattention (at 36), then I can darn well be certain that had I been climbing at age 12, I too might have climbed that gear without checking.  We can all be more diligent about checking one another, each and every time we go out.

I just purchased climbing helmets for my two little crag monkeys for our recent climbing trip to Wyoming.  Should they be wearing them at all times?  Probably.  Did they?  No.  It was hot. We forgot.  And so forth.

Hindsight is all knowing.

What will you do on your next climbing trip to make yourself, your partner, and your family safer?  I’m going out to buy another rope.  Our current rope would probably last for another climbing trip, but we also know a new rope will not show the signs of wear that appear on our current rope.   I might have chanced it.  And you all could have Monday morning quarterbacked my fall.

Instead, I will think of Tito and his family as I use this tragedy as a reminder to be more aware.


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About Laura Boniello Miller

Laura Miller is a internet marketing professional and a mother of two. Her interests include sport climbing, bouldering, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She believes that playing outdoors is integral to health and well being, and that if your kids aren't dirty, they haven't had enough fun.