The body of Ross Halverson, an experienced climber from North Bend, Washington, was found on Wednesday, September 10. Halverson had been missing since Monday after taking a fall while attempting the 23-pitch Infinite Bliss (5.10c R) on Mount Garfield, which is located roughly 35 miles east of Seattle in the Cascades. His uninjured climbing partner hiked out and reported the accident, according The Bellingham Herald. The circumstances surrounding Haverson’s fatal fall have not been reported.
Halverson, who was in his 30s according to the King County’s Sheriff Office, was an employee at the Vertical World Redmond climbing gym and was well know in North Bend climbing circles.
“With a heavy heart we express our sorrow at losing Ross Halverson this weekend due to a climbing accident,” posted Vertical World on Facebook. “Ross was a Vertical World family member for many years. His loss runs deep in our lives and in the climbing community.”