Camelback Mountain Safety Sign & Memorial for Fall Victim Clint McHale

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Clint McHale died on May 4, 2011, after a fall he took at Camelback Mountain. A planned sign at the mountain park will help educate visitors about safety.
A new sign being planned for Camelback Mountain will likely memorialize falling victim Clint McHale with a picture, but don't call it a memorial, says one Phoenix official.

"It'll be more like an educational or information sign," says Kathi Reichert, deputy director for Phoenix's Parks and Recreation department. "It talks about safety and staying on the trail."

But if it's approved by her boss, Jim Burke, the acting director of the department, the sign will also feature McHale's picture and a short message about him.

The sign will likely be installed at the mountain by May, sometime around the one-year anniversary of McHale's death.

McHale had been hiking with a friend on May 4 when the two decided to scale one of the mountain park's many vertical cliffs.



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Chelsey McHale and her late brother, Clint.

Camelback is well-known among local mountaineers for its tall, though often crumbly, rock-climbing routes.

But McHale and his friend weren't experienced or trained in climbing, and had no climbing gear like rock shoes or a rope.

After they had climbed up about 50 feet, McHale slipped and fell. He died of his injuries not long after being flown by a rescue chopper to a local hospital.

His younger sister, Chelsey, began pushing for the sign soon after the accident, hoping that others will learn from his mistake.

She's helped raise about $500 toward a goal of $2,000 to pay for the sign.

The McHale family is holding a fund raiser at the Mellow Mushroom pizza
shop on Mill Avenue between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on March 2.

Click here for the Clint McHale memorial Facebook site and here for the fund-raising site.

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3 comments
Wally
Wally

Donate a bench or something. No name or pictures like anon said.

Anon
Anon

I guess there's always room for more signs, but I don't think it's right to post anyone's name or picture.  Going rock climbing without any equipment or training is nothing to memorialize....

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