"Hiking Queen" and mother of four falls hundreds of feet to her death at Mt. Baldy in eastern L.A. County

"Hiking Queen" Crystal Paula Gonzalez fell 500 to 700 feet down the notoriously difficult mountain terrain and hit a tree, authorities said.

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Elysiaa
Elysiaa
411 · 17 days ago · Reddit

OK I just watched some of her videos and in the past, she went up the Baldy Bowl in the snow with NO MOUNTAINEERING EQUIPMENT. Via a chute that gets to be about 60° steep. No helmet. No ice axe. No crampons. Only microspikes. And then went down the Devils Backbone. No poles. Since she was found having slid down the Bowl, that is probably what she attempted when she fell. Please people, stay off Baldy in the winter, and if you really must, stay on the fire road. Don't go off trail on a mountaineering route. It's really dangerous. This woman was successful doing it before, but this time her number was up.

Elysiaa
Elysiaa
111 · 17 days ago · Reddit

I have a friend who works for search and rescue and the team came back from one incident only to have to go right back out. SRT are unpaid volunteers who risk and sometimes lose their lives so that others may live.

I'm sad for her family but every year this makes me angry because it's so preventable. Mt Baldy in the winter is not a hike. It's a mountaineering trip. Everyone who dies is "an experienced hiker". Unless you are an experienced hiker with winter mountaineering training that you have recently practiced, stay off the mountain. It's not just gear and self arrest you don't know. You learn about conditions, what to expect from the snowpack based on weather and precipitation, how to identify avalanche prone areas and how to respond to an avalanche.

Steebo_Jack
Steebo_Jack
84 · 17 days ago · Reddit

There's a stretch called devil's backbone, I think that's what it's called, where it's a foot or so wide of trail and just a drop off the mountain on either side...one slip and your gone...

squishyhikes
squishyhikes
75 · 17 days ago · Reddit

Even an experienced hiker can succumb to Nature. Unfortunately, there are so many variables involved that the best course of action is to just save going up to the mountain another day. A week ago there were local reports of chunks of ice falling down as you summit. Be safe out there folks!

10kwinz
10kwinz
59 · 17 days ago · Reddit

Dang I saw the headline and thought there was ANOTHER hiker since this happened last Sunday 😕 still terribly sad

AllenHo
AllenHo
45 · 17 days ago · Reddit

I just saw someone posting that their father is missing from hiking there yesterday and is asking for individuals that have drones to aid in search and rescue.

lars5
lars5
28 · 17 days ago · Reddit

I don't understand why someone would go up there in this weather.

Industrial_Smoother
Industrial_Smoother
18 · 17 days ago · Reddit

I live in Claremont and go up to baldy all the time. Sadly, there are a ton of inexperienced people that go up there in the winter. I think people assume it's not that extreme because it's so close to an urban context. If it was out in the Sierra's, half the people wouldn't touch it.