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Experienced hiker dies after falling 100 feet at Smith Rock State Park

Experienced hiker dies after tripping and falling 100ft while making his way down climbers’ path in Oregon State Park

  • Experienced hiker and climber Chaitanya Sathe died during a climb Saturday
  • He tripped and fell about 100 feet as he was making his way down a climber’s path in the Lower Gorge of Smith Rock State Park in Oregon 
  • He fell while in 4th class terrain to the base of the climbing area
  • 4th class terrain is considered to be a difficult climb that takes a day and often requires climbers to be roped for their own safety – it’s not clear if he was roped 
  • His climbing partner was ahead of him and did not see the accident occur
  • Police and rescue services were called to the scene at 9.40am 
  • Sathe, from Bangalore, India, was living in Hillsboro, Oregon 

An experienced hiker has tragically died after he tripped and fell about 100 feet while making his way down a climber’s path at Smith Rock State Park in Oregon on Saturday. 

Chaitanya Sathe, from Bangalore, India, was on a climb in the Lower Gorge of Smith Rock State Park when he fell to the base of the climbing area around 9.40am. 

His climbing partner was reportedly ahead of him and did not see the accident occur. 

Two climbers responded to Sathe and found him without a pulse and not breathing. 

Chaitanya Sathe, from Bangalore, India, was on a personal climb in the Lower Gorge of Smith Rock State Park when he fell to the base of the climbing area Saturday

Experienced hiker and climber Chaitanya Sathe died after he fell 100 feet during a climb

Experienced hiker and climber Chaitanya Sathe died after he fell 100 feet during a climb

His climbing partner was reportedly ahead of him and did not see the accident occur. Pictured right above on one of his previous hikes with a friend on social media

His climbing partner was reportedly ahead of him and did not see the accident occur. Pictured right above on one of his previous hikes with a friend on social media 

Two climbers responded to Sathe and found him without a pulse and not breathing. He was hiking in the Lower Gorge of Smith Rock State Park (location pictured above)

Two climbers responded to Sathe and found him without a pulse and not breathing. He was hiking in the Lower Gorge of Smith Rock State Park (location pictured above) 

Redmond Fire and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene and pronounced him dead. Officials described him as being in his mid-30s.

The rock he was climbing was a 4th class terrain – a climb that typically requires a whole day and takes place on steeper terrain with small holds. Ropes are needed for most people climbing 4th class terrain, but it’s not clear if Sathe was roped. 

The sheriff’s office said he was making his way down a climber’s path when he fell to his death, according to KPTV.  

Sathe lived in Hillboro, Oregon and was an active member of Mazamas, a nonprofit mountaineering group. 

Sathe lived in Hillboro, Oregon and was a active member of Mazamas, a nonprofit mountaineering group. The group announced his death on social media on Sunday

Sathe lived in Hillboro, Oregon and was a active member of Mazamas, a nonprofit mountaineering group. The group announced his death on social media on Sunday

Friends flooded social media with pictures of their climbs and hikes with Sathe (pictured left)

Friends flooded social media with pictures of their climbs and hikes with Sathe (pictured left)

'He knew how to have fun!!!' friend Alex Lockard said sharing pictures of his hikes with Sathe trekking up steep and snowy mountain paths

‘He knew how to have fun!!!’ friend Alex Lockard said sharing pictures of his hikes with Sathe trekking up steep and snowy mountain paths

‘Chaitanya’s bright light and spirit will live on in our hearts. If you have personal photos and memories of Chaitanya to share, we encourage you to do so in the comments below,’ the organization shared in a heartfelt Facebook post on Sunday.  

Friends flooded the post with pictures of their climbs and hikes with Sathe across the globe. 

‘He knew how to have fun!!!’ friend Alex Lockard said sharing pictures of his hikes with Sathe trekking up snowing steep mountain paths. 

‘Goodbye my friend, the mountains won’t be the same without you,’ a friend named Rico Micallef said. 

‘Just a few months ago while on Mt Baker you told me that life could end at any time. I will miss you and I will miss you at work – a bright light wherever you are you will live in our hearts,’ friend Anna Lio shared on Facebook. 

On Saturday the rock he was climbing was a 4th class terrain - a climb that typically requires a whole day and takes place on steeper terrain with small holds. Ropes are needed for most people climbing 4th class terrain, but it's not clear if Sathe was roped. Sathe pictured above on social media

On Saturday the rock he was climbing was a 4th class terrain – a climb that typically requires a whole day and takes place on steeper terrain with small holds. Ropes are needed for most people climbing 4th class terrain, but it’s not clear if Sathe was roped. Sathe pictured above on social media 

Sathe pictured right in a media tribute shared on Facebook

Sathe pictured right in a media tribute shared on Facebook 

Sathe pictured left victoriously raising his arm after a hike and climb with this group of friends

Sathe pictured left victoriously raising his arm after a hike and climb with this group of friends

His social media is filled with pictures of his hiking and climbing adventures. 

Just earlier this month he climbed Mount Ingalls in California, which has a .5 difficulty level, with friends. 

In late July he climbed Mt Constance, a third class climb, sharing photos hiking up the snowy paths and pitching tents in the hilly terrain. 

A GoFundMe page has been started for Sathe’s funeral expenses.  

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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