Legendary Climber Ammon McNeely Dies in Accident

Legendary rock climber, BASE jumper, and Yosemite speed master Ammon McNeely (52) has died in an accident near Moab, Utah.

As Gripped Magazine reported, McNeely fell from a cliff. No further details are known at the moment, except that it was not a climbing-related accident.

McNeely was one of the best big-wallers in the world. His speed climbs on the most difficult routes and walls were known worldwide. He also was a much-loved figure within the climbing and BASE jumping communities.

McNeely survived two serious BASE jumping accidents around Moab in 2013 and 2017. After the second one, part of one leg had to be amputated.

“I would rather live 40 years of excitement and fun and exhilaration than 80 years of la-de-da-de-da boring,” he said once.

Ammon McNeely's iconic pirate logo o a rock.

Ammon McNeely’s iconic pirate logo. Photo: Ammon McNeely

Kris Annapurna

KrisAnnapurna is a writer with ExplorersWeb.

Kris has been writing about history and tales in alpinism, news, mountaineering, and news updates in the Himalaya, Karakoram, etc., for the past year with ExplorersWeb. Prior to that, Kris worked as a real estate agent, interpreter, and translator in criminal law. Now based in Madrid, Spain, she was born and raised in Hungary.