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A pile of dirt.
Nov 12, 2009 - 03:57pm PT
She was my partner on the FAs of

Don't Leave Your Bro Behind (5.8)

Ticks and Owls (5.6)

and a yet to be completed project.
Nate D

San Francisco
Nov 12, 2009 - 04:01pm PT
Well maybe name that remaining project something for her...

A pile of dirt.
Nov 12, 2009 - 04:07pm PT

I've been thinking about that since monday...It's definitely for her when it's done...


sounding out stuff as in the manner of crickets
Nov 12, 2009 - 04:11pm PT
just catching on after a few days off the grid. i'm moved once again by tragedy and loss. also by the gathering of souls to remember, consider and honor. thankyou for introducing me, in a postumous fashion, to someone i only met thru you.

the pathos never seems to stop here. in this place it's a blend of all the emotions we have capacity for. as sad and empathetic as i am for the loss on the part of those closest to ishun, i also hear the salutations to a kindred spirit who knew how to spend the precious moments we are given to romp and revel and inspire reflection.

cherish the act of sharing time in this painful yet serendipitous place. too soon, too hard, too sweet the memories

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 12, 2009 - 05:10pm PT
There will be a funeral service on Saturday. Sean is kinda worried about publicly announcing the event but if some of you would like to attend, let me know by e-mail. I will send the details. It is at 4pm. It's in San Jose.

We are still doing the Climbathon on Sunday at Castle Rock State Park where we climb in memorium and have a toast. That goes down all day. The location will be divulged on Saturday.

Kev, good idea about the route name. I'd like to help you finish it off in Ishun's absence.

Mountain climber
Portland, Oregon
Nov 12, 2009 - 05:53pm PT
I have been touched by the love and friendship the climbing community has expressed toward Ishun. Ishun was lucky to have you all in her life, regardless of whether it is many years of climbing together or simply the sharing of passion in climbing. I hope that those who know Ishun are able to attend the funeral service.

Ishun would have been thrilled to know that a route will be put up and named after her, and I can image that she would have been nodding up and down with foremost approval. If possible, I would like to be present and document the climb.

Sean (Ishun's husband)

Nov 12, 2009 - 07:29pm PT
I will raise a toast to Ishun this weekend, and be thinking positive thoughts for her friends and family.

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Nov 12, 2009 - 07:31pm PT

Sean, thank you again for sharing with us.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 13, 2009 - 01:43pm PT
The climbing memorial on Sunday will go down at Castle Rock State Park. I'm thinking that Shady Rock /Platypuss is a good area. It's got a high concentration of routes and she liked it there (that where some of the pics were taken upthread).

Cal Ridge and Mud Wall are close also. My crew will probably be there around 10 or 11am. We'll probably stay in that locale all day.

Carpooling is advised as much as possible because parking can get tight after 11am. If it does get tight people can park at Summit and shuttle together down to CRSP.

Be there!

Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
Nov 13, 2009 - 01:50pm PT
I went on a hike down Cherry Creek Canyon with Ishun in September. It was the first time I'd met her, but she had a wonderful spirit and energy. My deepest condolences to her friends and family.


Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 13, 2009 - 02:33pm PT
Somebody asked me to post this here. You can upload photos of her there also. The family would appreciate it.



Trad climber
East Bay, CA
Nov 13, 2009 - 02:33pm PT
A group of us will also gather in the Sierras this weekend to toast Ishun and send our heartfelt condolences to her friends and family.

. . . not !
Nov 13, 2009 - 05:33pm PT
Thanks for sharing the gallery . Sorry to everyone .

Arkansas, I suppose
Nov 13, 2009 - 06:07pm PT
I'm so sorry for her friends and family

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Nov 13, 2009 - 06:09pm PT

I'd love to join you and your crew at CRSP, but my daughter has state gymnastics championships on Sunday. All of you have my love.

The evil one
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 13, 2009 - 08:58pm PT
Climbing all week, return to find this.
Sorry Sean. Sorry to these friends of Ishun. So sorry.
Cold all week, then snow.
Cold all this year, it feels now.
But we laughed and danced on the granite.
Drank and laughed and poured out wit and pulled close by the fire
And threw on more wood.
All we could do,
Simply all we want it sometimes seems,
And that is enough.
It is plenty and it is full,
And now some of our joy turns
To honor one of us I did not know
Because that too does not matter
Among this web
Of ascending

Nov 14, 2009 - 04:56am PT
Hello all,

my name's Irina, I used to climb with Ishun in 2007 during my internship stay in California (I am from Germany, originally Russia). This developed into a warm friendship we kept up via emails and chats.

I would like to share this with you. A song I wrote, while moved by the saddest news.


Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 14, 2009 - 06:09am PT
Overwhelming, Irina,

Очень спасибо!

Social climber
San Luis Obispo, Ca.
Nov 14, 2009 - 11:44am PT
Dear Irina,
Thank you for sharingyour time with,
and your love for, Ishun.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Nov 14, 2009 - 11:53am PT
Irina, that's very beautiful. It amazes how many climbers Ishun knew. I thought she was truly 'ours', but it becomes very clear that she had many friends and climbing buddies. Maybe that's why she occasionally wasn't available when I'd call. She was out there doing the 'real' climbs while I was stuck in the Bay Area.

God bless her, that's what I would have been doing. She really loved the mountains, not just the climbing, but just hangin' with buddies on the trails.

Ya gotta love that. She was living the dream, man!
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