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Internationally Known Climber and BASE Jumper Dies at Zion

March 26
23:27 2014

Officials have now recovered and positively identified the body of a BASE jumper who recently fell to his death at Zion National Park as Sean “Stanley” Leary, an internationally known climber and BASE jumper from Sacramento, California.

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Sean Leary on the Summit of El Capitan, Yosemite

At approximately 11:00 am, on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, a Search and Rescue (SAR) team consisting of members from Grand Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, and several volunteer climbers recovered Leary’s body from the West Temple area. Leary was located in an area called The Three Marys, approximately 300 feet below the ridge of the tallest peak. Harsh winds suspended all recovery efforts Sunday. After spending Monday assessing options, planning the recovery, and closely monitoring the forecast, the crew started the recovery at 7:00 am Tuesday.

Leary was last heard from on March 13. According to his family, he was planning on BASE jumping from the West Temple that evening and then was to join a group rock climbing in the park the next day, but he never joined the group.

According to the online climbing magazine Rock and Ice, Leary was a prolific climber, adventurer and BASE Jumper. He was a fixture among the California climbing scene and acknowledged as a master climber in Yosemite. Leary also traveled the world climbing first ascents in the greater ranges of Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, Canada and other countries.

Many of those within the climbing and BASE jumping community along with friends and family came to Zion National Park after hearing about the accident.

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