Carver was making a traverse of the cliff face while free-climbing the daunting granite wall when, according to witnesses, his grip failed causing him to fall nearly 2000 feet to the jumble of rocks below to the horror of onlookers.
Witness James Slayter was closest to the point of Carver's impact had these comments, "Dude! I got splashed! I thought I was going to hurl! Oh, yeah. Too bad about Mike!"
Carver's family noted when interviewed by KBSX reporters that, "Michael will be missed, but at least he was doing what he loved".