On October 11, 2017, Quinn was climbing the Nose (a 2,900 ft tall route) on El Capitan in Yosemite with her friend Josie. Just under halfway done, Quinn took a big fall while completing a section known as the Boot Flake. She fell an estimated 120 ft and landed in a two-foot-wide gap between a protruding piece of rock, called the Texas Flake, and the main cliff face. Josie, an experienced technical rescue professional with extensive backcountry medicine experience, immediately notified Yosemite Search and Rescue and facilitated Quinn’s rescue.
Tom Evans, a Yosemite valley photographer, captured Quinn’s rescue and reported it on his blog:
Quinn survived the accident with significant injuries; the most significant being a severe spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed from the waist down.
Since October Quinn has worked HARD, with community support bolstering her determination, to recover. Click THIS LINK to see some photos and videos of some of her recent accomplishments.
We continue to raise funds for Quinn to help pay for the long-term expenses related to her care and recovery.
If you prefer to do a direct donation that will avoid the small surcharge that GoFundMe takes, please contact her brother at [email redacted] and he will pass along Quinn's paypal information. All funds raised will be directly applied to Quinn's care.
Our fundraising goal is based on the current known out of pocket expenses, but it is probable that it will increase once we know more about her long term care plan and associated expenses.