I really don't want to be the bearer of this news or the details, but it seems there are big discrepancies.
What I know with certainty is that Beth McVay died from a fall from a cliff river left in the vicinity of Pyrite rapid below gore. I was not in Gore Canyon at all this weekend. My "facts" are from a reliable party that floated in later than her party and saw her walking out of the canyon.
Gore was at the upper end of what Beth was comfortable paddling, but she had done it many times, frequently walking Gore rapid. She apparently had difficulties above Gore rapid and hiked partway out.
Instead of heading the rest of the way out she paddled back in solo and seems to have swam possibly from Gore to Pyrite, and subsequently fell to her death scaling the steep cliffs.
As moderators we have deleted a few posts that had guesses, hypothesis, third hand info or were posted prior to confirmation that the family had been notified.
I am greatly saddened by the tragic loss of a close friend.
There will be zero tolerance from the moderators from posts that contain unfounded speculation.
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