Adrianne Wadewitz, 37, died April 8 in Palm Springs, California, after sustaining head injuries in a fall when her rappel anchor failed at Joshua Tree National Park on March 29.
Wadewitz was a leading contributing editor for Wikipedia, with over 49,000 edits, according to the New York Times
. She focused much of her effort into editing entries on female authors and women’s history. She was last working on a detailed article about Steph Davis, Moab climber and wingsuit flyer.
“In Ms. Wadewitz’s hands,” according to the New York Times
obituary, “the article became filled with personal details, spectacular photos, a highlighted quotation and 25 footnotes.”
Wadewitz studied Engish at Columbia University, graduating in 1999, and received a Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2011. She began climbing two years ago.