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Rock climber falls 95 feet to his death in Death Valley canyon

Experienced rock climber, 38, falls 95 feet to his death after triggering rock slide in Death Valley canyon

  • Justin Ibershoff, 38, died while climbing Deimos Canyon on Saturday 
  • He was descending the canyon when he stepped on a loose rock and triggered a rockslide that pushed him over a 95-foot dry fall
  • His body was recovered on Sunday by an Inyo County search-and-rescue team 
  • Ibershoff, who lived in Los Angeles, was described by loved ones as a ‘very experienced’ canyoneer who had ‘so much respect for the mountains’

An experienced rock climber fell off a 95-foot cliff to his death at Death Valley National Park in California.  

Justin Ibershoff, 38, was descending Deimos Canyon on Saturday when he stepped on a loose rock and triggered a rockslide, according to the National Park Service.  

The rockslide then pushed Ibershoff past two of his climbing companions and over the edge of a dry fall. 

His body was recovered on Sunday by an Inyo County search-and-rescue team and a California Highway Patrol helicopter.  

Justin Ibershoff, 38, (pictured) fell off a 95-foot cliff to his death at Death Valley National Park

Ibershoff was descending Deimos Canyon (pictured) on Saturday when he apparently stepped on a loose rock and triggered a rockslide, according to the National Park Service

Ibershoff was descending Deimos Canyon (pictured) on Saturday when he apparently stepped on a loose rock and triggered a rockslide, according to the National Park Service

Officials advised climbers to avoid the upper section of Deimos County because the rock slide left it unstable.  

The six friends who were out climbing with Ibershoff had used an emergency beacon to alert authorities immediately after he fell, but by the time they found him he was already dead.  

Ibershoff, who lived in Los Angeles, was described by loved ones as a ‘very experienced’ canyoneer and longtime member of the Rim of the World Climbing Club (ROWCC).

The amateur climbing club paid tribute to Ibershoff in a Facebook post on Monday.  

‘Justin has been an active member for many years and made many friendships during that time,’ the statement read. 

‘Justin is not only an accomplished rock climber, but a lover of the outdoors and nature. 

‘He was an active mountaineer, canyoneer, peak bagger, split boarder, and spent much time romping around the Eastern Sierra.’ 

Ibershoff, who lived in Los Angeles, was described by loved ones as a 'very experienced' canyoneer and longtime member of the Rim of the World Climbing Club (ROWCC)

Ibershoff, who lived in Los Angeles, was described by loved ones as a ‘very experienced’ canyoneer and longtime member of the Rim of the World Climbing Club (ROWCC)

ROWCC President Brad MacArthur remembered Ibershoff as 'one of the nicest people I have ever met, one of the safest rock climbers I knew, and an overall good human being'

ROWCC President Brad MacArthur remembered Ibershoff as ‘one of the nicest people I have ever met, one of the safest rock climbers I knew, and an overall good human being’

ROWCC President Brad MacArthur remembered Ibershoff as ‘one of the nicest people I have ever met, one of the safest rock climbers I knew, and an overall good human being’.

‘He is quiet and humble, but when that smirky smile would sweep across his face you just knew he was going to say something hilarious with his subtle dry sense of humor,’ MacArthur said in the Facebook post. 

‘He had so much respect for the mountains and enjoyed what they have to offer.’ 

‘I am so sad to lose a good friend. The world has lost a truly good human being. The club has lost a valued member,’ MacArthur concluded.  

Ibershoff (pictured) lived in Los Angeles and had a long record of scaling some of America's grandest canyons. 'He had so much respect for the mountains,' MacArthur said

Ibershoff (pictured) lived in Los Angeles and had a long record of scaling some of America’s grandest canyons. ‘He had so much respect for the mountains,’ MacArthur said

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