FUNDRAISER and AUCTION for Big Mike! Yeah!


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Social climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 7, 2013 - 12:52pm PT
Coke and Whores!?!!Not !!!!

Unless you've been living inside a brick you know BIG MIKE had an awful snowboarding crash & broke his back.

He's on the road to recovery & has a great cheerleading team but.......

.....this unplanned visit in hospital has obviously strained their finances.

SO HERE IS THE FUNDRAISER and AUCTION if you wanna jump on in.**

Straight up donations to Mike's PayPal account:
m_cowper at yahoo dot com

My suggestion for that is to post a photo/s of the item plus a background on it ( e.g. THISSIZ a WOODEN WEDGE used on the FA of the GRAND.......or thissiz an AUTOGRAFFED copy of the old ANDERS 1980 guidebook!!!! ) as well as a time-frame on the auction ( five to seven days really seems to work well ). At the end of the auction, you send yer thing to the winner and the winner forks over the largess to the paypal account! ( or sends a cheque to Big Mike ! )

Watch out fer a painting going on the block in the next few days. Yes !!!!

And always stay tuned to for the latest on Big Mike's recovery.

Final note: this thread was agreed to by both Mike 'n' Sandra.

Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Mar 7, 2013 - 01:00pm PT
Final note: this thread was agreed to by both Mike 'n' Sandra.

Is this a first?
Big Mike

Trad climber
Mar 7, 2013 - 01:04pm PT
Is this a first?

It might be. I also promise to record all the funds and what they were spent on, so you guys know I ain't getting no free hookers and blow!! I will post a list as we go.

Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 7, 2013 - 01:08pm PT
^^^^Given the controversy around a fundraiser for Largo when he busted his leg, I thought I'd write that so folks know this was sanctioned by those who benefit.
No surprise party here !!! ^^^^^^^
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north fork
Mar 7, 2013 - 01:29pm PT
Help climber viciously attacked by Blackcomb thread. I'm down.

The Granite State.
Mar 7, 2013 - 01:32pm PT
I'm in, Mike seems to have a disproportionately large heart inside his already large frame.

Just make sure that my money goes toward the hookers and blow....or some sticky green. :)

Mar 7, 2013 - 02:00pm PT
How long will Mike be unable to work? Hopefully he's not a carpenter or something.
Big Mike

Trad climber
Mar 7, 2013 - 02:22pm PT
I'm a window washer and I'm currently unable to work although most of my contracts don't come up until spring. At this point we still have no idea, but I would imagine it will be at least July until I am back to lifting ladders. I will have a couple guys working for me starting in may hopefully but I also need to be able to pay them.

Sandra is the one who is currently spending more money on gas coming down here all the time and missing shifts here or there to come help me with my recovery. I don't have any extended health so after I get out if here any equipment I need to get around will be covered by me, and a pass at the recreation center so I can continue my rehab.

I also expect to be coming back to gf at least once a week for follow up therapy once I am well enough to graduate. So extra gas for my truck, assuming I will still be able to drive.

Please, if you are in dire straights yourself don't even consider it. I will figure out a way to thank those who can, maybe some prints or something.

Anyways thanks for your consideration and ALL YOUR SUPPORT SO FAR!!!

I love the taco and this communities heart is larger than any of us can conceive!!

Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 7, 2013 - 02:24pm PT
Sandra's on her way ! :-)

Mar 7, 2013 - 02:41pm PT
Help climber viciously attacked by Blackcomb thread. I'm down.

This kind of thing makes the Taco worth watching.

Oh, yeah, the community support thing is pretty good, too.

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Mar 7, 2013 - 02:48pm PT

I'm having trouble finding the correct website for direct donations. Could you (or anyone else with the correct link) post a direct link?



Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Mar 7, 2013 - 02:53pm PT
I'm in. I've never actually met the guy but he seems like a great person and everyone needs some help from time to time.

I'm located in San Jose and am a professional bicycle mechanic. The going rate for a tune up around here is $75-$90. If you donate $50 to Big Mike I will do a full tune up on your bike. I have 7 years of shop experience and run my own mechanic business out of my garage / turned bike shop. Get your bike dialed and help a fellow taco member.

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Mar 7, 2013 - 03:20pm PT
Good Luck Big Mike you can do this.
I will see what art I have that might be worthy to auction for you.

A long way from where I started
Mar 7, 2013 - 03:46pm PT
I think I might be able to help with an auction item. Here's the deal:

Quite a few years ago, my first novel was shortlisted for the Boardman-Tasker prize for mountain literature. I thought it was a thriller about sex and drugs and rock and ice, but apparently it was literature to those Brits, and wound up taking second prize. (It was also shortlisted for a mystery novel prize in Canada.)

It was translated into six languages, anthologized, serialized, and if course eventally relegated to history.

But I managed to score a bunch of copies of the original hard cover edition, and I've still got them. Anyone who wants to help Big Mike and Sandra can contribute to the cause, and get a damn fine read in return. But no cheap'n'cheesy low bids to get a book. Give enough to make it hurt you and help them (whatever that amount is).

I'm sitting in the airport in Las Vegas right now, and won't be able to follow this thread much for a few days, but I know this amazing superhero climber chick in Vancouver named Tami, and I'm asking her to handle this for me while I'm out groveling up things that I wouldn't have given a second thought a decade or two ago.


Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 7, 2013 - 04:44pm PT
Done, David. Auction on David's book "VORTEX" is now OPEN for bids. I'll take the high bid for the win on The Ides of March.

Caesar beware!!!!! The bids will be high !!!!
Big Mike

Trad climber
Mar 7, 2013 - 04:58pm PT
Ok. So you can donate directly to me by going and going to the send money link.

My email is

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I really didn't want to have to write this post begging for money.

but then I realized that I would be selling you prints! Which would make me a professional photographer. Who might hopefully have some images posted some mags real soon.

So I'm down.

Peace. ;)

Edit to add print info

Ok so, I got my first donation of 30$. By Jon Beck Thanks Jon!!! I won't post your name here unless you want me to, shoot me a pm. So here is the deal.

5 bucks gets you a wall paper of your choice and size. (Max 1600x800)
30 bucks gets you one 6x9 print with no watermark
50 for two.
75 for four.
100 for six.

If you want bigger ones, I can do large panos ect, I'll have to find out pricing for prints and price accordingly.

Eventually I'll set up a webpage, but for now I have my Flickr page with over 1500 images that I have posted here on supertopo.

It's here

Ill try and organize it into sets a bit better, but for now you can try and remember when I posted it and go back to that date, or if you're having trouble finding a certain image, shoot me an email!

Once you figure it out, let me know via email.

It will take me awhile to get them printed and sent off, once I get my hands on my originals again which are at home in whistler.

Thanks alot for all your help!!!


Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Mar 7, 2013 - 06:46pm PT
Chilo's Chile
1 case of salsa shipped to the Highest Bidder.
Bidding closes 12:01 am Pacific Time on 03-12-2013
Bids must be posted on this thread for a time stamp and to eliminate any confusion. Proceeds go directly to Big Mike.

Get well Big Mike, your attitude inspires!!!

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Mar 7, 2013 - 06:52pm PT
Do we bid by sending a PM to the person auctioning sumtin?
And that person will do a regular update of the bids? I'm a sucker (BIG) for auctions ... Wanna get the rules down....


Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Mar 7, 2013 - 07:15pm PT
Awesome idea, Tami. Big Mike more then deserves a thread like this for all his positive contributions. Plus he's just a cool dude.

I will be watching the auction items closely! I always need more gear, even when I don't haha. I would personally love to see the bids out in the open - more exciting that way, IMO.

Vancouver OT Marmot sez "Get well soon, eh?"
Vancouver OT Marmot sez "Get well soon, eh?"
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north fork
Mar 7, 2013 - 09:21pm PT
Alpinestars Tech 8s Motocross boots, size 10. I wore them maybe four times. Starting bid is $120.00. I'll pay shipping and highest bid pays to Mike's paypal. Bidding ends, sh#t I don't know.
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