Very sad news.
Rider Down - Lonscale Fell
It's obviously very sad for family and friends, and must be deeply crushing for them.
So I'm sure we all send heart felt condolences to them.
....but you have to halfway think....good on him for getting out there...and hopefully that will give his folks some comfort.
I ride on my own a lot and I'm not very gifted so I always have in mind Specialized's video from the early '90s that went...
IF IN DOUBT, BOTTLE OUT.
Don't risk lying in a hospital bed for two months rerunning that particular rockfest through your head over and over again, because once you've done it, it will always come back to the same hospital bed. If you get off and walk that section, you get to carry on unscathed without the hassles.
I broke this rule about six weeks ago on a solo Lakeland evening ride and crashed heavily down a rocky shute that was too big for my abilities and the bike I was riding. To my relief everything seemed to be working once I got up, so I pedaled home. But I had to visit Furness General the next day because my arm had ceased to function, luckily nothing broken.
You live, you learn. You unlearn, you live ...hopefully....and hopefully this has a positive in that it gives us all a reality check..
I completely understand the reasoning behind your post and appreciate your efforts to warn riders to think carefully about the consequences of their actions and ride within their ability, particularly when alone.
However your mantra "if in doubt bottle out" is possibly the antithesis of everything my incredible Dad stood for. He was a brilliant, experienced mountaineer and though I'm no expert was pretty good on a mountain bike. I resent your post for two main reasons;
The first is that it implies he was stupid/irresponsible.He wasn't. In fact he was incredibly unlucky on Sunday; the coroner got in touch today to let us know he died instantly, before he fell some distance, from a broken neck. He had therefore simply landed very awkwardly. He was just so unlucky.
The second reason I resent your post is because you register how deeply sad and "crushing"this must be for his family but obviously haven't really registered it because you've just made me a bit more sad. Well done mate.
My name's Ruth, I'm the rider who died's daughter (sorry I'm using my fella's login as I don't have my own!) and I strongly suggest that unless you have something helpful to say or actually knew the stunning, hilarious and all round ace mountain man my Dad was you pipe down.
John's daughter x
I did not mean to cause distress to you.
For many years now I have regularly ridden out alone in the evening or at night on the fells, and sundry other wild places, and I'm not far short of your father's reported age. I admire him for getting out there and I do not reproach him in any way shape or form for doing it.
Please accept my apology for adding to your distress and my heart felt condolences for your loss.
Thank you Ruth
Having lost my brother in a mountaineering accident a month a go I know what your going through so my thoughts are with you all
I'm struggling to work out why Hora has a smiley face in his post, but forget that, RIP John, so very sad, condolences to everyone that knew him.
I think Mark being welcoming to Ruth. That's all.
RIP and condolences to family and friends. Sounds like he was a mountain of a man whose life should be celebrated the way it was lived.
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