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Bill Cuddington
1933 - 2022


The Passing of a Legend

The Executive Committee is saddened to announce that Vertical Bill Cuddington (age 88) passed away at his home at approximately 7:30 PM Central Daylight Time on Friday evening, August 5, 2022 after a long illness. Bill was a founding father of the NSS Vertical Section and its first President, serving from 1972 to 1976. He continued serving on the Executive Committee until his death. His early exploits and research in Single-Rope-Techniques led to the rapid expansion of safe vertical caving procedures in the United States. More detailed information on Bill's life and adventures can be found in David Hughes extensive biography, "Vertical Bill" ... a must-read for every caver's library.

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Photos from Bill's life and Memorial

Miriam and Bill - the early days Miriam and Bill - on a rock


Bill and Miriam - Rope Ready!


Mourner List - Page 1 - (8/11/2022) Mourner List - Page 2 - (8/11/2022)


Presentation of the World Climbing Tournaments Book Vertical Section Members Gene Harrison,
Miriam Cuddington, Dave Hughes, and Ray Sira


(Photos courtesy of Gene Harrison)

Obituary for Bill Cuddington

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