Heidi Duartes Wahl, 28, died on November 15th, 2014 after falling on the classic Yellow Wall (5.11c PG13) in the Shawangunks of New York.
She was first introduced to us at our Spring Outing in the Adirondacks last May and left us impressed not only with her climbing ability but positive, outgoing spirit.
Duartes Wahl was considered one of the strongest female climbers of Chile. She began sport climbing when she was 19 at Cerro Mackay near Coyhaique, and eventually became proficient in trad, ice and alpine, according to an interview with chileclimbers.cl. She had climbed in Peru and Argentina, and noted her time at the Yosemite-like big-walls of Cochamó in Patagonia as one of her career highlights.
Duartes Wahl had completed a Master’s of Health Science in Chile, studying HIV prevention. She had been pursuing a PhD in Denver when she died.