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Social climber
From the Time Before the Rocks Cooled.
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 10, 2017 - 11:01am PT
It's being reported on FB of the passing of Bob van Belle, this morning.

‎Off White >> Bob van Belle

It's with very heavy heart I inform you all that Bob died this morning in his sleep at his parents' home, likely from complications due to his most recent bout with pneumonia. He's been very ill for a long time now, and while I've been preparing for this day for several years, I find I'm quite shattered. I'll keep you all posted when some sort of plan for a memorial comes together.


Jul 10, 2017 - 11:10am PT
Sad news, Bob was absolutely one of a kind. Sincere condolences to his loved ones.
steve s

Trad climber
Jul 10, 2017 - 11:17am PT
Sad news indeed. He was a unique character. Rip bob.

Social climber
From the Time Before the Rocks Cooled.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2017 - 11:22am PT
In his own words, July 5, 2017:
"And now we arrive where we began, another dance around the sun and Hanna is a high school senior, good lord, and then off to college, your whole life stretching ahead like a passionate covenant with the world, the unbroken promise of beauty: life happens so fast it leaves you breathless. Oh parents, confess to your little ones that their life has a life of its own and feels wholly of itself, confide again and again to remember that life is simply not condensable; remind them again and again and then once more again that although nobody reads poetry anymore, everybody lives it, the words on paper to be brought to life by the boundless susurrations of human voice, spoken words and the humble worship of the human experience; remember these times as when every thought is a prayer, the marrow-deep ecstatic rapture of drawing each breath under aching skies a worship of the ongoing daily miracle we must never take for granted: having been born, our passion and promises, our fears and dismays, and at last one ordinary and unexpected day when for one moment with all that beauty beyond comprehension we open our eyes to rumbling jalousie, stage lights, months of sacrifice, the silence and expectation, and now a flowing cataract of light in the windows facing out and all these unhurried human truths suddenly fall together, one into another, and then another, as when living through the script and the scenes the actors become themselves, a moment when the light seems to have seen them exactly as they wish they were, and that is where will we find them, where we find one another, in that place beyond home where we come like water, and like wind we go." —Bob van Belle

Trad climber
Jul 10, 2017 - 11:26am PT
Very sad news. Never met the guy but I always enjoyed his posts.

Condolences to all.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 10, 2017 - 11:30am PT
Very sad. He was quite the character.

Pneumonia is not to be taken lightly and many think they are only feeling
a little under the weather.

Social climber
From the Time Before the Rocks Cooled.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2017 - 11:30am PT

Trad climber
Jul 10, 2017 - 11:31am PT
Condolences to all who knew him well.

I owe him a large debt for trailblazing so many great areas in this state, and an even greater one for keeping the info on them sparse.

Social climber
Jul 10, 2017 - 11:33am PT
hey there, say, all... :( condolences to his family and loved ones, at this hard sad time...

prayers, as they go on without him, now, for them to be strong among
the cherished memories...

god bless to you, family and buddies, of BVB...

Social climber
Jul 10, 2017 - 11:39am PT
Sorry to see him go so soon. Too soon. Not that I knew him from anywhere but here... but my sincere condolences to his friends and family.

This was well said. Thanks for posting that up RMuir


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joshua tree
Jul 10, 2017 - 11:48am PT
^^^Good one.

Sincerest condolences to Bobs family and friends.

Trad climber
Golden, CO
Jul 10, 2017 - 11:52am PT
REALLY? Oh man, he was way too young! We'll miss you, bvb!

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Jul 10, 2017 - 11:57am PT

me spotting... as if he needed it. lol, cheers BVB, rest well.

Jul 10, 2017 - 12:00pm PT

f*#k man.. never knew him but i ate up all the old pics and stories posted in the old woodson threads...

Mountain climber
Anchorage, AK
Jul 10, 2017 - 12:13pm PT

RIP BVB; one of a kind, way too young
Condolences to his family and friends

Trad climber
Jul 10, 2017 - 12:14pm PT
Oh, what a blow. BVB, so bright, so funny, so engaging...words cannot express how much we will miss you. I always thought we'd have time for another dinner in Salt Lake.

Trad climber
Jul 10, 2017 - 12:17pm PT
BVB American Legend RIP
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jul 10, 2017 - 12:21pm PT
Wow, what sad news, condolences to family and friends. I remember John M. made this video a couple years ago.

Jul 10, 2017 - 12:27pm PT
Condolence to Bob's friends and family – and to climbing, which has lost an irreplaceable voice worthy of the term hard-core. And a man with a heart, as I found in a brief encounter.

Sport climber
Jul 10, 2017 - 12:30pm PT

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