On November 30 my dear friend and climbing partner, Benji Fink, died in his sleep in Vail, Colorado. Apparently, he just drifted off peacefully, exactly the way he lived. He was 44 years old.
The freak accident happened when a ledge Smythe was standing on gave way, shearing his rope as he fell.
This child soldier problem in Mexico has huge concerns, impacts that climber Rory Smith recognized as significant while working on his master’s thesis in international development in Monterrey, Mexico, (45 minutes from Potrero Chico) in 2013. While conducting research centered around gangs and organized crime, Smith had a thought: Could rock climbing help these youth?