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Topic Author's Original Post - May 21, 2019 - 08:38am PT
It has come to my attention, that Troy Johnson has recently passed away.
One of the nicest humans I have ever met.
He let me use his Forrest Mountaineering hammock to do my first big wall, ( The Prow, with Mike Fogarty.) unfortunately he did not have the spreader bars for the thing.
I remember him always being open and kind, as there sure were a lot of self centered ahole around Camp 4, during the early 1980's.
R.I.M. Troy!

ron gomez

Trad climber
May 21, 2019 - 08:51am PT
Hes back with Virginia! Got the word from Lucy yesterday. Rest well Brother
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
May 21, 2019 - 08:54am PT
Wtf??. How?

What a bummer... great guy

May 21, 2019 - 09:10am PT

Troy we shared some great adventures you will be forever missed, at 19 I climbed my first El Cap route the Mushroom with him. We always kept in touch laughing about fun times that I will never forget, Peace to family and all that had the opportunity to spend time with such a cool guy🙏❤️

Trad climber
Tel Aviv
May 21, 2019 - 09:12am PT
When the Troy-Trons showed up in the valley it was so entertaining. Some young kids from so cal. Watching Troy throwing a football and playing hacky sack it was clear that he was going to get good. And he did, quickly.
Some years after his injuries we met and went to the Jam Crack and Lazy Bum. I led everything and supervised but he climbed well. The next day, against general opinion, We did Central Pillar of Frenzy. He moved like an enthused athlete. I used a simul-rap and we went to the deli.

Troy was a burst of energy that left a mark in the valley and many peoples lives. A great sense of humor and real love for life.

May 21, 2019 - 11:16am PT
RIP Troy Johnson
A warm and kind-hearted individual and solid partner for the big jobs

Big Wall climber
May 21, 2019 - 12:03pm PT
R.I.P. Troy

Although I didn't know him well, we met a few times and he was always friendly and affable. Those who did know him well always spoke well of him.

Condolences to his family & friends.
lars johansen

Trad climber
West Marin, CA
May 21, 2019 - 12:20pm PT
I'll miss him. He was lovely person. He's with Chuck now. RIP-lars

correction: He IS with Virginia, but Chuck is waiting in the wings to go climbing.

Sport climber
Lexington, KY
May 21, 2019 - 12:51pm PT
Troy was the first climber I met in Yosemite.
Always kind. I miss him already. RIP...
ron gomez

Trad climber
May 21, 2019 - 01:30pm PT
Russ, he had some long standing health related issues that his body was just not able to over come. Sad day, hes back with Virginia.

Monument Manor
May 21, 2019 - 01:31pm PT
Such a drag....the prototype is gone:-(

Big Wall climber
6th and Mission
May 21, 2019 - 02:12pm PT
Troy was one of the first people I met in Yosemite in 1985. He was already a hard core wall climber and a super nice guy. I had no desire to aid climb or do a wall, but after hanging out with him and watching him lead the first pitch of ZM, which was still difficult back then, he convinced me to give it a try. I remember him being tall and very muscular. Years later in 2000 he hiked a load up to my new route on SF of HD. This was 9 years after his accident. He still looked strong but he had no short term memory. he always carried a notebook and pen with him to write simple stuff down because he knew he would forget it 5 minutes later.

Such a sweet guy. Always eager to help and share company and stories with. When he and Walt did the FA of Native Son I aspired to also do new routes.

Troy's health issues were directly related to the 50+ foot free solo fall at Church Bowl back in 1991. Bill Russell was first responder and likely saved his life. He suffered a serious hit to his parietal lobe and basically never fully recovered. During the next few years he suffered from seizures and lost his sense of smell and taste. When I saw him last, a few years ago, he had an electronic stimulator and was very skinny as he told me he had not much desire to eat since he couldn't taste anything. I now regret not visiting him more recently.

RIP brother. You are a legend and your legacy will live on.

Eric Kohl

May 21, 2019 - 04:17pm PT
A name I always associate with hard climbing. Wish I had met him. Condolences to his family and friends.

Mountain climber
Marooned, 855 miles from Tuolumne Meadows
May 21, 2019 - 05:55pm PT
Sad to learn this.

Social climber
The internet
May 21, 2019 - 07:38pm PT
Worthy -

Trad climber
May 21, 2019 - 08:12pm PT
Great spirit.Always having a blast despite his injury.Good times.Mahalo bro.

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
May 21, 2019 - 08:52pm PT
Chuck picked up Troy in the mid 2000s and we hung out for a weekend. Bouldering at glen park, Troy had his brain as he called it the notebook, in a pouch hung around his neck. We talked all weekend about walls, Tory remembered all kinds of placements, pin sizes and slander of days gone past.

Seemed to me at the time he was still right there in the valley with chuck, ready to rip.
He congratulated me for my first climb of the tower and said I was in good hands with Clance lol.

They were reminiscing the days with Virginia and Lucy and told some excellent stories.

Glad I got a chance to meet him and this was one of the most memorable stories I remember writing here in 09...

**Troy "Tron" Johnson, Groove pitch, early eighties, ripped the whole thing, had to cut the rope off his harness as the knot was the size of a quarter.

He said he had too much time to think.

200 feet? Can't remember exactly**


Big Wall climber
May 21, 2019 - 10:32pm PT
that too bad. i hung out with a bunch bitd, and last saw him around 10 years ago and had . good day with him. anybody now what his child is up to that he had with verginia? ss

Big Wall climber
6th and Mission
May 22, 2019 - 07:19am PT
Oh yeah, he ripped The Groove pitch, forgot about that one.

Troy used to say, "There are two kinds of cheater sticks. Long ones and short ones". Short ones meaning a drill bit. He did work at Squaw for a while as a groomer and said, "The only good thing about snow is that it melts"
ron gomez

Trad climber
May 22, 2019 - 09:04am PT
Steve...if it was a son, Tobin, he is well, still living in Calif. See him in the summer, Yosemite/Tuolumne or some family gatherings.
Hope yer well Brother!
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