American rock climber missing in southwest Ireland….

I just heard on the radio that this guy has fallen into the Atlantic while soloing on a cliff in southwest Ireland and is missing…

The missing man is 32 year old Michael Reardon, from Connecticut… one of the world’s leading Free Soloists…that is… rock climbers who climb without the aid of any safety equpment. He and a friend had just climbed the scenic spot Wireless Point, on the north side of Valentia Island, when Mr Reardon slipped into the water… aplunge of 70 feet. Mr Reardon is also a well known filmmaker and writer in the US.

They’ve called off the search for the night. That seems like bad news, if the guy is in the Atlantic.

I send good thoughts his way. Hope he makes it.

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11 responses to “American rock climber missing in southwest Ireland….

  1. Chromosome Crawl

    Oh dear. Hopefully he was able to scramble ashore someplace & just hasn’t been found. Fingers crossed.

    That pic looks amazingly like Kevin Bacon at first glance – enough to make me say “Kevin Bacon is free climbing now?!?”

  2. Brynn

    amazingly like Kevin Bacon

    Yeah, you’re right!

    I read further that he and a friend had climbed up the cliff 400 feet and then were heading down, when Reardon slipped on seaweed. Then his friend had to climb up again, to the top to raise the alarm.

    What a nightmare.

  3. oddjob

    It is bad news.

  4. Very bad news, I agree. Reardon’s soloing is epic. If he’s moved beyond this world, then he’s gone out the way I want to go — doing what he loved.

  5. when Reardon slipped on seaweed

    Very sad news but “Reardon slipped on seaweed” 70 feet above the sea? Come on. I know you Irish tend to exagerate occasionally, the old blarney and all that, but 70 foot tides? I worked up in Cooks Inlet in Alaska which has the second highest tide in the world and that was only about 48 feet.

  6. Levett

    I know my friend will be ok… I am sure he is held up in some cave waiting for low tide to climb out.

    Love you man…

  7. a friend

    Brynn,

    I’d be very interested in knowing where you came by that detailed information… can we get a link?

  8. Brynn

    Yeah, GOM, I wondered about that, too.

    The story is changing this morning:

    It is understood the man was standing at the base of a cliff when he was swept into the sea on the Northern side of Valentia Island yesterday evening.

    The alarm was raised by a companion who saw the man fall shortly after 5pm.

    From RTE: http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/0714/kerry.html

    So it now sounds like he fell, stood, then was swept away…I don’t know. I’ll follow up when I find out more.

  9. It is understood the man was standing at the base of a cliff when he was swept into the sea on the Northern side of Valentia Island yesterday evening.

    Sounds more reasonable. Just hope they find him OK. But……..Valentia is known for it’s terrible weather. In fact the weather report from there was always included in the weather report for shipping in Danmark for those uf us that had to cross the North Sea.

  10. Brynn

    for those uf us that had to cross the North Sea.

    Really?! Even though it’s on the other side of Ireland?

  11. mick

    Whatever smartass Brynn.
    The climber was swept off a ledge at the base of a cliff by a rogue wave.It is unlikely that he has survived having been in the water this long.Its now a search and recovery .
    Conditions at the moment in the area are quite good for a search operation.
    The search party have enlisted navy divers to search underwater while the RNLI lifeboats continue to cover the vast area.

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