An avid hiker and climber fell to her death while rock climbing in the Cleveland National Forest near the Blue Jay Campground on Saturday. The woman and her climbing partner were in the area near where Riverside and Orange County meet and had spent most of the morning rappelling down waterfalls.
At around 12:30 p.m. authorities received a frantic call from a male subject indicating that his climbing partner fell just as they were about to rappel down a waterfall. He male climbing partner said he heard some noise and looked back to see Joy Welling, 33, of Montclair, falling approximately 200 feet to her death. Welling was pronounced dead at the scene and a helicopter used to retrieve her body, which was turned over to coroner officials.
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