Malignent Melanoma Survivors who climb


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scuffy b

dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Aug 1, 2011 - 12:57pm PT
I'm grateful for what Paul brought to us here.
Bon Voyage
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Aug 1, 2011 - 01:29pm PT
Yes he left us a magnificent gift, didn't he?

The gift of courage.


Sonoma County
Aug 1, 2011 - 03:08pm PT
I felt a kinship with Paul for some reason. Probably because I spent about 8 years in Humboldt and share a passion for the forests and wildlife up there.

I met Paul and Ruth several months ago and they were both brimming with positivity. Paul's laugh was immediately infectious and I could tell he felt at peace being in a social setting with a bunch of local climbers.

He even brought the "birdwell chicken". Too funny.

My best to Ruth and family.

back in Tuscon Aridzona....
Aug 1, 2011 - 03:28pm PT
Did he have any final wishes regarding Jim Birdwell?

If not I could use a little more chick drama in my life if ya know what I mean.....

Social climber
Aug 1, 2011 - 03:29pm PT
Disaster Master, your genuine love and infectious enthusiasm for Bigfoot climbing inspired me to climb above and beyond what I thought was possible. Through you I found a home and family with the Northcoast climbing community for several years before I left the area.

Your courage, and your ability to thrive and grow stronger than ever (in flesh and even more so in spirit) in the face of such extreme adversity, will continue to guide and inspire me for the rest of my life.

You will be missed, and never forgotten. Your passing leaves this world a shade duller, but your inspiration makes it stronger.

Thank you. You are loved.
all in jim

Aug 1, 2011 - 03:33pm PT
So sad to hear this. Thank-you Paul for being such a welcoming ambassador to the Nor Cal climbing scene. I had a great time climbing with you!

Jim Thornburg

Social climber
El Portal Ca.
Aug 1, 2011 - 04:38pm PT
Credit: Jobee

Sending love, and condolences to Ruth, Pastor Dave, and to Paul's loved ones; you are in my thoughts.

If there is anything I do for you here in Yosemite please don't hesitate to ask.

Bill Mc Kirgan

Trad climber
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Aug 1, 2011 - 05:38pm PT
Heartfelt condolences to Paul's family and dear friends.

I consider myself part of his Supertopo family, but never had the privledge to actually know him in real life.

I hope to know him in the next, and will do my best to carry with me always a bit of the kindness and love and courage he shared with our 'forum family'.



Trad climber
Aug 2, 2011 - 01:47am PT
RIP Paul, thanks for sharing so much with us!

Best wishes to Ruth and Paul's family.

goatboy smellz

Aug 2, 2011 - 09:28am PT
Thanks for the inspiration Paul!

Mountain climber
Aug 2, 2011 - 10:41am PT
Someone with talent and time should convert this thread into a short story, complete with Paul's and others' illustrations and photos. This year-long journey with Paul and Ruth was amazingly intimate and genuine, much better than some expensive and well-produced documentaries I've seen (among them, the very bad one of Farrah Fawcett's demise from cancer). The love, sorrow, fear, joy, anxiety, anger, selfishness, selflessness, compassion, kindness, and wisdom manifest in Paul's postings should be saved, read and reread as a probing and insightful look at what it is to be human and alive in this world. To Paul, and a life well lived!

Aug 2, 2011 - 11:27am PT
RIP Paul
Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
Aug 2, 2011 - 12:30pm PT
Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Paul.

He was a very courageous guy, and an inspiration to cancer survivors.

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Aug 2, 2011 - 06:07pm PT
F*#k I am so tired of this Bean and now Paul WTF.

I did not know either of these men but both inspired me. If you can inspire people you have never met you truly are a special person.

Darn it these men deserved better than this desease.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Aug 2, 2011 - 06:15pm PT
Darn it these men deserved better than this desease.

No sheeeet. Every time I brew my cuppa tea my eyes water up as I shared my daily tea virtually with Paul. Susan

Aug 2, 2011 - 08:19pm PT
There is something in the works, but we haven't considered extracting content from these threads. It's a great idea. Thanks for mentioning it.
rick d

ol pueblo, az
Aug 2, 2011 - 09:49pm PT
thanks paul for your posts and wisdom.

To his family and closest friends, you all have a life long treasure from his presence.


Social climber
Aug 2, 2011 - 10:57pm PT
My condolences to Ruth, Pastor Dave, and all the rest of Paul's family and friends. A special thank you and love to Ruth for loving Paul so completely these last few years. You are both so lucky to have found that love.

I know Paul through the Bikram Yoga world in Humboldt. I met him right after he got out of his body cast and started coming to yoga. He was pasty white and his hair was bright yellow with green in it and his toenails were painted silver. I thought, "Who is this guy?" Soon after we became very good friends.

He inspired me to never give up, no matter what. No matter your body type, no matter your financial status, no matter what! His struggles only served to remind us that our spirits are immense and can survive even the biggest traumas in life.

I know he is free from pain now and can rest. Namaste
Berdette Robison

the present
Aug 3, 2011 - 12:12am PT
An amazing inspiration to so many...deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Aug 3, 2011 - 01:30am PT
Kind thoughts in memory of Paul and to the accompanying postings from Pastor Dave for sharing this difficult journey. I believe we have all grown from this experience.
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