JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK (AP) — Authorities say a rock climber was killed at Joshua Tree National Park when his rope snapped and he fell 150 feet.

Park spokesman Joe Zarki says 33-year-old David Pinegar of Loomis died Monday when he was climbing with a friend near Saddle Rock off of Ryan Mountain.

Zarki told the Riverside Press-Enterprise the men were rock climbing along a spiny ridge with a 600-foot vertical face.

They had reached the summit and were rappelling down around 1 p.m. Zarki says Pinegar’s partner had already reached the ground when the accident happened.

Pinegar died on the Riverside County side of the park, which is located 160 miles east of Los Angeles.

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Comments (11)
  1. Diana says:

    what a tragedy, horrible absolutely horrible …. God be with you David Pinger…

  2. Steamboatsig says:

    Rope snapped? That’s rare. It was either rubbing up against something, or it was an old rope with lots of falls on it. God speed brother.

    1. You’re right, that is extremely rare– ropes don’t just break. I’m really curious to hear as to why the rope snapped– does anyone have any more details on this?

  3. Vicky Bundsen Beach says:

    This was one of my Cousins who was an expieremced climber who loved adventure & his family! He is missed by all

  4. Noel says:

    WTH? Have some respect! One of our brothers just passed.

  5. Bryce B. says:

    I hope you ment to say “(Cool) dude”…. >:/

  6. Shawn says:

    So sad. I was just climbing in Joshua Tree on Thursday

    Rest in Peace, Brother

  7. cyn says:

    David you lived life to the fullest, and got every last drop out of every single second you were on this earth.
    You will be missed by many
    Rest in peace

  8. Robb says:

    David and I have climbed for years together. I feel like an icon of our generation of climbers is gone. He was right there any time I needed beta, or a kind word to encourage me to climb to my potential. There is no blood relation between us, but the bond of being the belay for the other, builds a connection as strong as brothers. Many of us knew him, and the bonus to being a climber is that we come to gether as a family. We see each other through our accomplishments, and tragedies. Dave, I miss you already, and not one hike, climb, red point or flash will happen without the thought of you looking down, and pushing me to climb to my potential

  9. D. Rich says:

    Work in the same organization as his family. Don’t know him but when you look at his accomplishments and polarities of what he did and his passion and scary brilliance, this was an insane crazy tragedy that wasted a wonderful life. May he be at home in the universe and his family be assured he and they are loved…. godspeed…

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