PHOENIX - It’s been three and a half years since Chelsey McHale lost her brother Clint McHale on Camelback Mountain, but Friday’s accident brought back all of those memories once again.
“He was climbing Echo Canyon, he didn’t have the proper safety equipment, he was almost to the top and he fell 50 feet,” she said. “He was an avid hiker, he loved Camelback, he’s a native of Arizona. We always enjoyed hiking together.”
Since 2011, Chelsea has been working with the City of Phoenix; posting signs on the mountain with her brother’s picture and story.
“He had a lot of goals in life, a lot of things he wanted to achieve. He achieved a lot in his 25 years, but it still just wasn’t long enough.”
Chelsey is hoping her family’s tragedy will serve as a warning to others, and may one day save a life.
“Enjoy the beautiful mountain but be safe as well.”