The Horror Moments climber, 22, fell 200ft to his death in front of onlookers after a tragic message from a pal was found in his car

A ROCK climbing community is in shock after witnessing the ‘traumatizing’ fall of a young free climber, 22, who fell 200ft to his death.

The group watched in horror as the unnamed climber’s lifeless body lay for 12 hours before California officials were able to recover the remains from the hazardous terrain of El Cajon Mountain on Monday.

A young solo free climber, 22, died on Sunday after falling from the dangerous El Cajon mountain

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A young solo free climber, 22, died on Sunday after falling from the dangerous El Cajon mountainPhoto credit: CBS 8 San Diego
Viewers have described the horror incident as

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Viewers have described the horror incident as “traumatizing” after witnesses pushed off to try to help the slain climberPhoto credit: CBS 8 San Diego

The climber who was killed suffered the fatal fall Sunday afternoon when, according to witnesses, he climbed the mountain “free solo,” meaning he climbed alone without using a rope or protective gear.

Other climbers at the summit, also known as El Capitan, rushed over to try to help the young man, but unfortunately it was too late.

When San Diego County search and rescue services reached the body after witnesses called 911, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they would then have to leave the remains overnight to plan a recovery mission.

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“When we reached the climber, it was about 750 meters up and it took about two hours to get to the climber,” Lt. Ruben Medina of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

“It would have been nightfall and it would have been complicated to get back down.”

A friend of the slain climber heard the news of his death and was horrified to discover that it was her climbing buddy who suffered the fatal fall.

“I just didn’t want to believe it and I still don’t want to believe it,” Dachel Fohne told FOX 5.

Fohne had left a now heartbreaking message on the climber’s windshield the day he was killed.

“I waited for you until 5 p.m.,” she wrote.

“Hit me if you’re safe. Write to me anytime.”

James Faerber, a 44-year-old outdoorsman who rappeled down to the victim after the fall, described the incident as “traumatizing”.

“I’ve certainly gone through a variety of emotions,” he told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Faerber said the climber had a rope and harness in his pack that he would presumably use during his descent, but he didn’t use it on his way up.

A local who has lived near Mount El Cajon, which peaks at 3,677 feet, said he usually sees climbers braving the mountain with a mate.

However, the victim climbed alone.

“They’re buddies up there,” Billy Ortiz told CBS 8.

“There were at least 40 cars down the road, so many climbers were up there.”

Taking to Instagram, Fohne said her “heart hurts so much” and thanked all the climbers who responded to try and help her friend.

“Calling the ranger station this morning to hear a climber has fallen, came to find a close friend… It’s an empty, helpless feeling,” she wrote.

After the tragedy, Fohne reflected on how climbing brought the two friends together as, as she put it, they are usually both “loners”.

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“Being alone on the mountain is pure freedom,” she told the local outlet.

The climber’s identity is being withheld until next of kin are notified of his death.

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