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yllw2lip

Social climber
Orange, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 31, 2011 - 08:02pm PT
In the last months of Paul Humphrey 's life, AKA "Disaster Master," the cancer pain in his body kept him from climbing. He was sad to think he'd never climb again. Of course he was always climbing in his mind. Last month, as we remembered good times, Paul had an idea, "What if we sprinkled some of my remains into chalk? I could continue to climb all around the world! Paul's chalk balls? No, I've got it PAUL'S BALLS!"

And so became Paul's last wish. We will honor him and make Paul's Balls by adding a pinch of his ashes to a Metolius chalk sock. One of Paul's climbing friends was so excited. "Yea, if I climbed with "Paul's Balls" I'd never fall." Join the celebration of Paul's life by climbing with him.

A $10.00 Donation to cover cost and shipping will be appreciated.
Go to www.paypal.com click on "send money"
Enter the email address yogaforstrength@yahoo.com
Under the "Personal" tab click "Gift"

**We request that you take a picture of where Paul has been climbing with you and post it. In each "Paul's Balls" there is a litllt bit of Paul. Remember, a little bit of Paul goes a long way.

To read more about Paul's journey go to this discussion thread: http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1239624/Malignent-Melanoma-Survivors-who-climb

Paul Humphrey (Disaster Master)
Paul Humphrey (Disaster Master)
Credit: yllw2lip
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Jul 31, 2011 - 08:51pm PT
I think on this issue as so many, Paul was way ahead of most of us, with much more courage to face the inevitable than we are. I do have some experience of honoring a climber's remains however, since just last year my husband's ashes were placed high on a ledge above Yosemite where tourists will never go and overlooking his favorite climb. They will be reabsorbed into the roots of a tree there and nourish life in a place that he loved.

Given my experience, I'm thinking it might be easier for Paul's friends and still in the spirit of things, to have be a pinch of Paul's ashes mailed to different climbers, including maybe some tree climbers on the coast, and the ashes sprinkled, or buried on a belay ledge on different climbs around the country. His vision was vast and it's fitting that we pay tribute to it out of doors in places far away, including places that he never climbed.

I live in Japan but am making an unexpected trip to Wyoming this summer and I'm sure I can place some of the ashes on one or several of the wonderful climbing areas there. Since I'm a really old trad climber, I don't anticipate using chalk and I'll also admit I'm squeamish about the idea of ashes mixed with chalk. I'll be happy to volunteer however, to take some of Paul's ashes some place interesting in that state where he's probably never climbed before.

After I'm done, I'll post up photos. If everyone does the same, we can think of it as the tribe sharing Pauls's final climb.
landcruiserbob

Trad climber
BIG ISLAND or Vail ; just following the sun.......
Jul 31, 2011 - 09:37pm PT
Ditto to Jan's thoughts.............


Aloha

rg
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Jul 31, 2011 - 09:42pm PT
I think it's one of the best ideas I have heard in a long time.

I know some may be put off by it, but carrying out someone's final request would be an honor. Especially someone as inspirational as Paul. I never met him, but his stories here are some of the best the Taco has to offer. If he wants to ride in my chalk bag, I have no problem with it. And being as I hardly ever use chalk, he would see plenty of rock and good times.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jul 31, 2011 - 09:43pm PT
I too agree with Jan but..........PAUL'S BALLS was the man's idea so it's also difficult to find anything but big fun in the idea and that Paul will be on many-a-crimp, deep in hand cracks, smeared on the sides of chimneys on crags, alpine, gyms........sheesh. Paul Is Everywhere!!! It's as hilarious as it is godly.....

nature

climber
back in Tuscon Aridzona....
Jul 31, 2011 - 10:02pm PT
my $10 is sent.

I would like both the ball an a small pinch if that's ok. if not no biggie.

love you, Paul!
Iclimb5.1

climber
Jul 31, 2011 - 11:59pm PT
Without meaning any disrespect to those with other ideas, I think it wrong to change a person's last wish. If you feel squeamish about Paul's Balls, don't participate.

Paul's idea is a beautiful one...he only wants to be with others of like mind.

SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Aug 1, 2011 - 12:02am PT
I'm in...if Paul taught me anytging it was that even a girl fighting cancer can have "balls". We talked about naming a climb "Forever Remission"... I hope that will happen someday. Susan
Iclimb5.1

climber
Aug 1, 2011 - 12:07am PT
Susan, I've followed your posts along the way and although I don't know you, I really wish you the best in your battle. Keep up the fight, and yes, girls have balls :)
nature

climber
back in Tuscon Aridzona....
Aug 1, 2011 - 12:11am PT
the only part that bugs me about this whole idea is that I prefer Endo chalk loose.


WTF Paul? You're gonna make me change the way I climb?!?!?!?!111169

Yeah.... m'eh! ;-)
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Aug 1, 2011 - 01:07am PT
Money sent.

If the package gets here in time, we will take Paul to Germany with us.

God bless!
yllw2lip

Social climber
Orange, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 1, 2011 - 01:33am PT
Tami hit the nail on the head.

...PAUL'S BALLS was the man's idea so it's also difficult to find anything but big fun in the idea and that Paul will be on many-a-crimp, deep in hand cracks, smeared on the sides of chimneys on crags, alpine, gyms........sheesh. Paul Is Everywhere!!! It's as hilarious as it is godly.....

That is exactly what Paul wanted. He wanted us to have a little fun and not take his death too seriously and to be part of people's climbs everywhere. It is truly hilarious and somehow godly at the same time. I think it is an amazing idea and I am happy to be a part of carrying out his wishes.

Anna

Pastor Dave

Social climber
Yucca Valley, CA
Aug 1, 2011 - 01:51am PT
Here is a picture of the Package designed by Paul's Sister Anna
Credit: Pastor Dave
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Aug 1, 2011 - 01:54am PT
what an idea! He will be the best traveled climber of em all!
Michelle

Social climber
SH60091
Aug 1, 2011 - 02:01am PT
can't pass this one up. whats 10 bucks to give the man a dying wish come true.

I took some of mom with me all kinds of different places she'd never have been able to go so she could see what I've seen.
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Aug 1, 2011 - 03:01am PT
Just some constructive comments. Creepy, one. And saying somebody's balls isn't cool, two. Admirable effort all the same. Best of luck.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 1, 2011 - 11:37am PT
I love this concept, what a gift to the living!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Aug 1, 2011 - 12:08pm PT
I'll buy one. If my life was defined by climbing, I'd like to see my ashes chalking the holds of a route that defines another climbers pleasure.

Count me in.
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Aug 1, 2011 - 12:14pm PT
Brilliant idea that captures to yearning we all feel to get on rock. It will be an honor to implement.
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Aug 2, 2011 - 05:26am PT
Bumping for Paul and his Balls.

Who else will climb with him?
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Aug 2, 2011 - 05:45am PT
I had somehow missed the other thread of late and entirely missed the notice of Paul's passing. We've lost a real creative spirit as he now joins some of our other colorful brothers and sisters. Glad he got to swing his D5 a few times before leaving...
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Aug 2, 2011 - 05:12pm PT
Wow I missed the thread as well that Paul had passed. I f*#king hate cancer it has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Lost family, and friends to this scurge.

I will tell the tale of a man who died and his last wish was not unlike Pauls. This man found his pleasure in the rice fields of northern california. Duck hunting was his life. He loved every aspect of duck hunting. In the end the killing was not important but just being in the blind calling the birds and some days not even firing a shot, but just watching them land and take off once they realized they had been dupped into landing in a field of fake ducks.

His passing came and in his will was the one request he had. Please cremate me and pack my ashes into several boxes of shotgun shells. Take me out to the blind and shoot me into the wind on opening day.

As you wish!

Make Pauls wish come true its what he wanted.

Anastasia

climber
hanging from an ice pick and missing my mama.
Aug 4, 2011 - 12:59am PT
I didn't know he passed away... In shock.
AFS
yllw2lip

Social climber
Orange, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 4, 2011 - 01:04am PT
I can't wait to see pictures of all the places Paul goes in "Paul's Balls" I think its such an awesome idea that he is actively thrust into the sides of cliffs and mountains, still actively a part of the climbing experience that he loved so much. Ever since he was a kid he was climbing, everything and anything he came across. Climbing was a part of his spirit.

Thank you so much to those of you who are willing to participate in fulfilling his final wishes.
Pennsylenvy

Gym climber
A dingy corner in your refrigerator
Aug 4, 2011 - 01:30am PT
Money sent. $20.00 want one. Keep the extra for the inevitable costs. 2Lip are you Paul's signifigant that I met at Indian Creek? If so thanks for Paul's and your inspiration. I'm so glad he got to spend his last with someone like you. We should all be so lucky. Tim
nature

climber
back in Tuscon Aridzona....
Aug 4, 2011 - 01:32am PT
Tim, thats his sister if I paid attention.

I went looking for Ruths contact info but couldn't find.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Aug 4, 2011 - 01:40am PT
hey there say, anastasia, i didn't know either... :(


not been on line as much, due to summer and kids...
i will go and leave a message... :(
yllw2lip

Social climber
Orange, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 4, 2011 - 01:44am PT
Pennsylenvy,

No I am not Paul's significant other, she doesn't have an account on SuperTopo to post things so I set this up for her. The money will be going to her and she will be sending out the "Paul's Balls" :) I am Paul's sister, just priviledged to be a part of his life and a part of this fulfillment of his final wishes.

Ruth does read the comments on ST even if she doesn't post. So you can give her a shout out here if you like.

Thanks for participating!
Anna

Bill Mc Kirgan

Trad climber
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Aug 4, 2011 - 10:11am PT
This is a beautiful idea. It would be an honor to help Paul's spirit live on in our hearts and minds.

Love and prayers of comfort and healing to Paul's family and dear friends.

--Bill
okaythatsme

climber
Aug 4, 2011 - 05:24pm PT
Paul, you're still going to make me laugh or cry no matter what. I remember your calling yourself the "Paul"inator, one day out on the beach when you were climbing. Paul's Balls will "Paul"inate the rocks far and wide.
:) with love, marcella
Moof

Big Wall climber
Orygun
Aug 4, 2011 - 09:16pm PT
Took me a minute to wrap my head around this, but in the end I can't imagine a better way to have my ashes spread if the roles were reversed. Tossed in a little extra for all the great stories and inspiration.
yllw2lip

Social climber
Orange, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 5, 2011 - 01:08am PT
Giving the post a bump...

Thank you again to those of you who are participating.
Pastor Dave

Social climber
Yucca Valley, CA
Aug 5, 2011 - 05:25pm PT
To all, it will take anothr week or so for Ruth to get the shipments going. Remeber to use Pay Pal for your contributions. Use the "gift" tag. Be sure to post your shiping address. Check back here for more info in the days to come.

BTW If "Paul's Balls" offends anyone, the offense in just in your mind. You shouldn't be surprised by my son's sense of humor. I have been called "The irreverent Reverend" and proud of it! "Hypocracy comes from anchient Greek Theater in which the actors spoke from behind masks to represent their characters. The first actors were called "Hypocrites" The Humphrey men do not speak from behind any masks. What you see is whar you get and what you get is unconditional love and acceptance even when we disagree.

Love and Peace to all
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Aug 5, 2011 - 07:14pm PT
LOL, I'd be honored.

Opps, sent the $ via paypal and after it went realized I didn't send an address. So that went next direct to your email.

Thanks again, I never met Paul, but he'd be tickled pink I'm sure.
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Aug 5, 2011 - 08:51pm PT
Thanks for the update!

I was hoping they would be shipped out in time for me to take Paul to Germany with us, but there will be lots of other climbs in the future!

People shouldn't be offended by the name. If they are, then they need to remove the stick from their nether regions, IMHO.

My girl and I look forward to helping carry out Paul's wishes. And once again, my condolences.

Travis
Gym Birdwall

Gym climber
The
Aug 10, 2011 - 01:29pm PT
In memory of Paul Humphrey

Paul was an amazing man. An awesome climber, and a patient teacher. Paul would rush to set up ropes so everyone could climb. This is a cover shot from Vertical Times 2004. The access fund works closely with climbers to preserve climbing for everyone. Paul promoted an Adopt-a-Crag event to help this cause. Always helping fellow climbers, that was Paul.

His last wish was to climb on and on and on.
The idea for Paul's Balls was indeed Paul's.
"Why not keep climbing with my friends" he said, "Why not?"
Put a bit of my ashes in some chalk and off I go...climbing new routes, jamming into cracks, holding onto the rock.

I encourage you to bring your own stories of Paul to this thread.
Remember Paul, post pictures, smile and tell campfire stories online!

I miss Paul so much, my best friend, my love, my climbing partner, my life!

Please contact me if you would like a Metolius chalk sock with a
bit of Paul's ashes. Climb on Paul.


Ruth aka Gym Birdwall
Credit: Bennett Barthelemy
The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Aug 11, 2011 - 10:50pm PT
What a wonderful way to live on all over the world! Paul's Balls - don't leave home without them.
I enjoyed his posts here and am sad to learn only tonight of his passing. I wish his family and friends all the best.
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Aug 16, 2011 - 07:43pm PT
bump for a great cause
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Aug 29, 2011 - 05:20pm PT
bump
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 29, 2011 - 10:39pm PT
What a great and imaginative wish.
Salamanizer

Trad climber
The land of Fruits & Nuts!
Aug 29, 2011 - 11:18pm PT
I sent my 10 a while ago and still have not received the chalk in the mail. Just checking in to see what the time frame is on shipments.

I think this is a really great idea for both Pauls wishes and the piece of mind of both family and friends left behind.

yllw2lip

Social climber
Orange, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 3, 2011 - 01:25am PT
I'm not sure when they will start to ship out but I am sure it will be soon. I think Ruth just recently received Paul's ashes and I am sure she needs a moment before she starts the process of putting the ashes into the chalk balls. She is happy to do it, but I think it would be hard for me to just dive right into it when just receiving his ashes, I can only imagine. God bless her heart. Maybe she will hop on here and leave us all a note once the shipping has commenced.

Thank you for your patience every one and thank you most of all for your participation.

xxoo to you Ruth!! Love you!
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Sep 7, 2011 - 11:16am PT
Received my chalk ball yesterday. What a well done and perfect way to remember a loved one. I hope to have some great shots of new locations and explorations for you all soon.

xo
cragnshag

Social climber
san joser
Sep 7, 2011 - 05:01pm PT
I met Paul briefly this last Spring at a slideshow. He had brought the rubber chicken to the event. He was lively, fun, and seemed to appreciate my juvenile stunt... I think we shared a certain sense of humor that evening.

I'm ordering a ball, though perhaps two balls would be more appropriate...

I'll be taking Paul on some FA's so he will get to be the first to touch new rock.

Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Sep 7, 2011 - 06:29pm PT
Looking forward to receiving our chalk ball, thanks for the update. There will at least be a couple of them in Vegas, so I'm guessing Paul will get some good Red Rock time.

Just an idea, it might be good to start a thread just for the climbing with Paul photos and stories.
Gym Birdwall

Gym climber
The
Sep 8, 2011 - 12:54pm PT
Is this you cragnshag?
A moment captured at the slide show.
Your other stunt was a good one too.

good times, good times
good times, good times
Credit: Gym Birdwall

nature

climber
back in Tuscon Aridzona....
Sep 8, 2011 - 05:20pm PT
I got my ball today!


wooohoooo!

now I just need to travel the world and climb
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Sep 9, 2011 - 06:09pm PT
Thanks Ruth,
I'll get him on a classic George Lowe route on Monday
jb
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Sep 9, 2011 - 08:18pm PT
Hola Ruth!

Just grabbed the chalkball and am heading out in @20 min. Looking at a potential pretty sizable new route. As there are a lot of badasses around here, I am suspicious of the rock quality, or if might have already been done and is unreported: but even if this turns into a hike during the heatwave we are having, we will have an adventure.

Ciao:

Bill
bringmedeath

climber
la la land
Sep 9, 2011 - 10:43pm PT
Bill, you don't need the chalk ball for the 750 feet of approach.
Pastor Dave

Social climber
Yucca Valley, CA
Sep 10, 2011 - 12:03am PT
Ruth, Got my Box today. Will post pictures as soon as I can get into the hills where Paul first began boldering around Glen Avon CA when he was @ 9 yrs old. (North East of Riverside.) Paul will also be traveling to AZ and New Mexico with us sometime this fall.

Love to you and all Paul's friends who will share thheir adventures with Paul. Lets see those Pictures!

Dad
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Sep 11, 2011 - 01:21am PT
Bill, you don't need the chalk ball for the 750 feet of approach.


LOL! It turned into a 125' route after all! Woot! At the base, when pulling out my chalk bag I said "this is a Pauls ball" to my non-internet savvy buddy, he frowned and cocked his head in question. I told him the story and said, yes, some of Paul Humpreys ashes are in here and I'm helping to fulfill a wish and a testament of a fellow climbers life......

There was a look of 12 seconds of dumbfoundedness, then happy laughter. The real crux was trying to find my chalk bag before leaving home. I rarely use it, never on routes like this where the dust is so thick that you don't need to add more:-) I looked and looked. At the last moment it appeared. It was interesting that in the time of getting all our crap together (do I bring jugs? do I bring a Grigri? do I bring Tomahwks? do I bring aiders? do I bring pins? do I bring do I bring..once the chalk bag was attached and I was ready to fire, it bought a whole nother dimension to the thing, in a good way, and connected me with Paul and his story...in fact, maybe to all of our humanity, and the shortness of life for us all.

Pics later. Typical choss, I will apologize in advance:-0
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Sep 11, 2011 - 07:36pm PT
I got mine yesterday, thank you very much.
yllw2lip

Social climber
Orange, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 12, 2011 - 01:41pm PT
Couchmaster, that is great to hear about your story about using "Paul's balls." I am so happy to hear that the climbing with Paul has already started.


I would like pictures posted, whether here on this thread or on another one. I'll leave it up to everyone to decide on a new picture dedicated thread or to just at the pics to this one. I'm happy either way. :) "Climb on!"

Anna (Paul's sis)
cragnshag

Social climber
san joser
Sep 12, 2011 - 03:15pm PT
Guilty!

That's the Donini #3 Camalot there in my right hand...
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Sep 12, 2011 - 03:25pm PT
I'm not one to carry a camera, but Paul got me up this classic Little Cottonwood canyon seam this morning. This was such a fantastic idea. Honored to be a little part of it.

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SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Sep 12, 2011 - 04:08pm PT
Got mine....wept at the beautiful prose written by Paul...no surprise the poignancy it stirred up in me. No more "whys"..... Susan
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Sep 12, 2011 - 05:17pm PT
Couchmaster, that is great to hear about your story about using "Paul's balls." I am so happy to hear that the climbing with Paul has already started.


I would like pictures posted, whether here on this thread or on another one.

Oh it's started for sure Anna, Paul was on a first ascent with me Saturday. Both in chalk and in spirit. My chalk bag showed up at the last moment out of nowhere, as if it wanted me to keep thinking of it:-) I opened the chalkbag package and put it in my trad chalkbag (this has a headlamp and knife in the zippered pocket Metolius puts on the bottom of it).



Catching our breaths after an ugly approach, my partner quickly called dibs on the first pitch. It surprised me as it was my idea and project, and had invited him, and not the reverse. I squinted hard at him and the route, it was mine to choose to lead or not, I could see th fire in his belly though, and I am old....er. The 2nd pitch (mine if he did P1) looked cleaner and harder and as P1 looked easy but loose and mossy, and was a traversing pitch (and thus out of rockfall range). So I was fine with it. My buddy, who's done many El Cap routes, several in a day, took almost 6 hours to lead this pitch: without any water, so focused he didn't want to tag any up. We rated it 5.6 once it's clean. Once I brought some water up, he wound up drinking well over a gallon in short order.

As I followed, maybe taking 15 min to fire it, everytime I chalked I thought of Paul. Every time. Very special to me, and I never met Paul except for online on this site.

Partner had installed an anchor and rapped to the remaining water at the base. I had carried the spirit of Paul with me the whole pitch, purposely chalking despite my natural reticence to not use the stuff in this kind of an environment. It felt good and I felt connected. No issues at all, very uplifting for me. So I patted down the area near the anchor before I bailed off and reflected peacefully on the fleeting intransigent nature of life...for us all, but for Paul in particular. It was a peaceful, happy and connected thing. Thank you for letting me be a part of it.


PS, for anyone who cares, my buddy had a couple of Theron's big Tomahawks pounded into Horizontal cracks, I think they might have held a short fall. There was an extreme amount of loose rocks and crap (this accounted for a 135' 6 hour lead for a 5.6), and several boulders were trundled. The hawks were in looseish blocks as well, and not anything resembling clean granite cracks.
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Sep 12, 2011 - 09:51pm PT
We got our chalk ball in the mail today.

As soon as I can figure out where my chalk bag went, in Paul will go, and hopefully out to do some climbing this week.

Thanks for sending it out! We look forward to sharing our adventures with Paul.
Pastor Dave

Social climber
Yucca Valley, CA
Sep 13, 2011 - 12:47am PT
WOW!!! You Guys and Gals are really doing my heart GOOD! I just read these first few posts and my eyes are filled with tears of JOY! I know Paul is laughing and rejoicing that he is still leaving his mark on so many rocks and so many lives. His determination to battle the cancer and then to go on climbing in this way has inspired this 73 years young dad to join a gymn and get out and ride Paul's Bike. And that Poem Ruth selected and included is so perfect, so PAUL! I cary it with me and read it to strangers. I have always been proud of my son, Paul David Humphrey, but never more than now. From the time Paul was 9 years old all I could do was watch him climb and encourage him to do what he loved so much! CLIMB ON PAUL!

Love to you, Paul and all your friends but especially your wonderful, generous, LOVE, RUTH

Dad

PS Just did a Google search on "Paul's Balls" and found the link quickly.
Bill Mc Kirgan

Trad climber
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Sep 17, 2011 - 08:35am PT
Received one of Paul's Balls week before last, but couldn't get out to climb until today.

Climb On Paul!
Climb On Paul!
Credit: Bill Mc Kirgan

I did not personally know Paul, but feel a kinship through the ST forum, and am honored to help fulfill his wish to keep climbing with us.

Bill Mc Kirgan taking Paul for a climb
Bill Mc Kirgan taking Paul for a climb
Credit: Bill Mc Kirgan

Today I ventured out with friends to Pictured Rocks county park near Monticello, Iowa where Paul joined us at the Wild Iowa wall.

http://www.summitpost.org/pictured-rocks-wild-iowa/363471

It's about a 30 minute drive through some of that classic Iowa hill and dale that makes you think you driving through a Grant Wood painting.

Somewhere deep in the Iowa Interior
Somewhere deep in the Iowa Interior
Credit: Bill Mc Kirgan

Pictured Rocks is also known as 'Wild Iowa', and that name comes from the name of our 'Wild Iowa' wall. The routes are short, but severely overhanging.

Wild Iowa wall
Wild Iowa wall
Credit: Bill Mc Kirgan

Wild Iowa wall at Pictured Rocks county park in Jones County Iowa.
Wild Iowa wall at Pictured Rocks county park in Jones County Iowa.
Credit: Bill Mc Kirgan

After a little prayer as I committed a Paul's Ball to my chalk bag I had a go at leading this local favorite, Virgin Lemonade (Ron pictured leading it below). There's some good places to rest and chalk-up and I took advantage of that as I made my way to the top.

Ron climbing Virgin Lemonade (5.10a)
Ron climbing Virgin Lemonade (5.10a)
Credit: Bill Mc Kirgan

I've never climbed a 5.11 before, but with Paul riding shotgun I somehow managed to get close to finishing this. Pictured below is Alan leading, and I had a shot at this climb with him coaching me on where to find the sharp 2-finger pockets.

Alan climbing Wild Iowa (5.11b)
Alan climbing Wild Iowa (5.11b)
Credit: Bill Mc Kirgan



I'll post-up with more pictures for the family and dear friends whenever I can.

Peace and Love,

Bill
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Sep 17, 2011 - 06:29pm PT
a little bit of Paul's chalk made its way up Sasquatch today... then it rained :-)
Lace

climber
las vegas, nv
Sep 19, 2011 - 07:36pm PT
Storms were covering the canyons of red rock so we headed up to a developing boulder spot by Jean, NV. The three of us teared up at the prose that came along with Paul's Ball. We spent 2 days there. On the final night the guy that started developing the area dropped by for his bday r&r. We all took Paul up some new lines and some established ones. Paul got to ride back to Vegas in the tow truck with us as I poked a huge hole in my fuel tank on the way out. Ooops.
Somewhere by Jean, NV
Somewhere by Jean, NV
Credit: Lace
The Guardian of Prison gate
The Guardian of Prison gate
Credit: Lace
Credit: Lace
the guardian fighting back the night
the guardian fighting back the night
Credit: Lace
new line
new line
Credit: Lace
Once the sandstone was dry and the work week was through, Paul went out to Red Rock. We did some cragging in the shade and then thought it'd be nice to take Paul's ball up Lotta Balls. It is worth mentioning that one partner had a consierably large rip in his pants and was sharing his balls that day as well. Overall it was a ballin day.
home sweet home
home sweet home
Credit: Lace
Paul's Ball heading up lotta balls
Paul's Ball heading up lotta balls
Credit: Lace

Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Sep 19, 2011 - 08:52pm PT
It's great to see how this took off!
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Sep 19, 2011 - 10:22pm PT
It's great to see how this took off!
What I find interesting is the cerebral and good feeling connection I have to someone I've never met and is no longer of corporeal body. Last Tuesday after work I got invited out by my buddies and did 16 hard laps at the local top rope spot. Chalking and smiling the entire time! It's even more uplifting than just climbing (sans chalk). Maybe its like the climbing is the cake, but this is some extra icing or filling which completes it that wasn't there before....that kind of thing.

And it just keeps going on and on too.


ps, sorry about all the extra chalk:-) Normally I don't use any, or rarely dip.....guess I'm making up for it now. Soon the rains will come and it too will be gone:-(
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Sep 22, 2011 - 05:18pm PT
Paul was with me on the Coffin this morning. I don't carry a camera when I climb...

Like someone mentioned, chalk is a little more special when using the Disaster Master formula :-)

jb
Gym Birdwall

Gym climber
Santa Rosa, CA
Sep 23, 2011 - 08:19pm PT
Paul "in the coffin" for a fundraiser 2004 <br/>
check out the blue spiked...
Paul "in the coffin" for a fundraiser 2004
check out the blue spiked hair!
Credit: Gym Birdwall

John,
thanks for taking Paul climbing on "the coffin"
I bet he was laughing the whole time.

thanks everybody
Climb On

Ruth
bixquite

Social climber
humboldt nation
Sep 23, 2011 - 11:38pm PT
i gotta get me some of pauls balls, me and marco were channeling the disaster master up in index,
washington this summer. marco got a message on his phone he swore was paul asking for his bolt
kit. guess there are some sick lines up there. worthy of callin a buddy post mortem. send brother
im gonna be burried with the makita, ground up, oh this is bad.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Sep 24, 2011 - 01:20pm PT
Hey thanks Paul...you got me up some real slabby stuff I never would have been able to do without your inspiration! Susan
Hummerchine

Trad climber
East Wenatchee, WA
Sep 24, 2011 - 02:06pm PT
Paul was with me at Index last Wednesday...that black granite looks so good with his chalk on it!!!

Index rules!
Bill Mc Kirgan

Trad climber
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Sep 25, 2011 - 12:38pm PT
Paul was with us at Devils Lake yesterday.

Devils Lake, Prospect Point Rampart above Lost Face
Devils Lake, Prospect Point Rampart above Lost Face
Credit: Bill Mc Kirgan

We intended to do the easy 'Lost Face' route (5.6)
but I think he steered us into more challenging
territory as the TR I setup was better suited
for 'Lost Face Overhang I and II' (5.8).

Lost Face with a touch of Disaster Master.  God Bless you Paul.
Lost Face with a touch of Disaster Master. God Bless you Paul.
Credit: Bill Mc Kirgan

Credit: Bill Mc Kirgan

Peace and Love to Paul's family and dear friends.



10/2/2011: Pictured Rocks park near Monticello, Iowa

Paul climbed with us on Tarzan, Schoolio, Tazmanian Devil, Mild Iowa, Virgin Lemonade, and Hot Tamale.
Hummerchine

Trad climber
East Wenatchee, WA
Sep 29, 2011 - 10:20pm PT
Paul loved the new secret area up Steven's Pass I climbed at with him yesterday. He's fully sworn in to not pass along any beta...
blackbird

Trad climber
the flat water trails...
Sep 29, 2011 - 11:05pm PT
Well just damn...!

I'm gonna have to actually start using chalk!! Never used it thus far, but now I seriously may have to use the stuff.

Paul needs to climb in the Southeast...

BB
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Sep 29, 2011 - 11:15pm PT
nice to see a crag like that in iowa--and nice to see paul getting around.
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Sep 30, 2011 - 11:17pm PT
More fun on Japanese Terraces and Sasquatch
nature

climber
back in Tuscon Aridzona....
Sep 30, 2011 - 11:29pm PT
TFPU
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Oct 1, 2011 - 11:12am PT
TFTTFPU

:-)
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Oct 12, 2011 - 07:37pm PT
bump, where have you gone with your balls?
nature

climber
back in Tuscon Aridzona....
Oct 12, 2011 - 07:39pm PT
Mine still sit on my puja waiting for my lazy ass to get out.

however, I have a four day trip to Cochise planned this weekend with my new sweetie....

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1624742&tn=0#msg1635309
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 12, 2011 - 08:28pm PT
Just got a windfall in my paypal, any paul's balls left?
Hummerchine

Trad climber
East Wenatchee, WA
Oct 12, 2011 - 11:36pm PT
Paul shredded at Vantage, WA today!
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Oct 13, 2011 - 08:35pm PT
For some reason, my photos keep uploading sideways, even when they show normally in iPhoto. Being as I'm a bit of a dunce when it comes to this, this one will have to do.

Paul and I got some climbing in today at Red Rock, Panty and Hamlet Wall. A beautiful day to be out climbing!

Paul Pounce!
Paul Pounce!
Credit: Vegasclimber
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Oct 17, 2011 - 11:25am PT
The best chalk on the market saw a little action around Kermits and Perhaps at the 1st annual Trad-a-Palooza on Saturday.

And someone with a camera took some photos:

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John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Oct 25, 2011 - 05:38pm PT
The chalk made it's way up Lizard Head last week...

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nature

climber
back in Tuscon Aridzona....
Oct 25, 2011 - 06:08pm PT
Paul Climbed at Cochise last week.

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Gym Birdwall

Gym climber
Santa Rosa, CA
Oct 26, 2011 - 11:46am PT
Looks like fun routes, thanks for taking Paul along!
Paul coast climbing, 2004
Paul coast climbing, 2004
Credit: Gym Birdwall
yllw2lip

Social climber
Orange, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 29, 2011 - 12:46am PT
I'm loving the stories and the pictures of all the places Paul's Balls have been. Thank you so so so so very much, everyone, for making Paul's wishes come true. It's an amazing thing to see this happen and such a blessing.

Anna (Paul's lil' sis)
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Oct 29, 2011 - 02:35pm PT
Even the best blend of chalk couldn't prevent me from getting my @$$ handed to me on a paper plate on Mexican Crack

:-)


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okaythatsme

climber
Nov 3, 2011 - 03:04pm PT
Paul, you're getting around!

Paul visited his roots of learning to rock climb -- Moonstone Beach up in Trinidad, CA. Chalked up parts of Karen Rock near the top rope anchors and some bouldering areas. I scooted my butt up to the top of Karen Rock and wanted him to see the awesome view and enjoy the beautiful day.

Paul, I know you are flying high towards the sun without worries and you won't fall.
Karen Rock at Moonstone Beach. Trinidad, CA. Many days Paul came to cl...
Karen Rock at Moonstone Beach. Trinidad, CA. Many days Paul came to climb here.
Credit: M. Humphrey
Near the tope-rope anchors on Karen Rock.
Near the tope-rope anchors on Karen Rock.
Credit: M. Humphrey
An awesome view from Karen Rock at Moonstone Beach.
An awesome view from Karen Rock at Moonstone Beach.
Credit: M. Humphrey
Bouldering near Little River on Moonstone Beach.
Bouldering near Little River on Moonstone Beach.
Credit: M. Humphrey
Pastor Dave

Social climber
Yucca Valley, CA
Nov 26, 2011 - 02:09pm PT
Credit: Pastor Dave

Took a sentimental journey back to some of Paul's earliest climbing spots while he was growing up. Found this old picture of one of his earliests conquests at @ 1 year old.

These are the Jurupa Hills in the Glen Avon area of rural Riverside CA...
These are the Jurupa Hills in the Glen Avon area of rural Riverside CA.
Credit: Pastor Dave

This is where Paul grew up from age 9 to 18. He spent a lot of time exploring these hills that were next to the Glen Avon Community church where I was the Pastor. I took some of Paul's Balls and left him clinging to some of the rocks he climbed way back then.

Credit: Pastor Dave

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Credit: Pastor Dave

From Glen Avon we drove up into the nearby mountains to the Big Bear Lake Area where Paul continued to hone his boldering skills on areas like these. He quickly left me watching him scamper way beyound my ability to keep up. so I anointed some of the lower areas with his Paul's Balls chalk.

Credit: Pastor Dave

Credit: Pastor Dave

Credit: Pastor Dave

Credit: Pastor Dave

Please keep your photos coming. I will be taking Paul with us on our future RV trips so he will be clinging to a lot of interesting places, but all of you "real" climbers will take him further and higher than I can. I look forward to your posts.

Paul's Dad
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Jan 10, 2012 - 10:12pm PT
bump for Paul
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Jan 12, 2012 - 11:52am PT
It's going to be a month, at least, before I can get to climbing outside and chalked up. Stuck in the gym for the time being :-(

Recollections are the this is the last time I was able to spread a little PB chalk around:

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S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Feb 21, 2012 - 05:54pm PT
bump for Paul.
Pastor Dave

Social climber
Yucca Valley, CA
Feb 21, 2012 - 11:53pm PT
Hello to all of Paul's friends. We are planning our next RV road trip which will include an Alaskan Cruise out of Seattle WA in July. Will get into British Colombia looking forward to Paul's Balls leaving his mark throughout the Western States and in Canada.

Paul's Dad
socialclimber

Trad climber
CA
Feb 22, 2012 - 12:59am PT
Just re-read this entire thread and am speechless... bump for Paul and an amazing community and family...

Charles
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Feb 28, 2012 - 07:07pm PT
Have been climbing with Paul a lot lately in Red Rock. Not that great on posting pics here, but he went up Physical Graffiti with me just the other day.

A couple months ago, Cosmic and I were climbing with some out of towners. Not only were they touched by Paul's story, they each asked for a pinch from my chalk to go in their bag.

I am proud to continue to share Paul's story and carry out his wishes.
Truthdweller

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Feb 29, 2012 - 04:09pm PT
Wow, Paul's death couldn't be a better opportunity to glorify the Almighty God for the willing, sacrificial giving of Himself (His life), for the benefit of another (Paul), with no thought of return (John 3:16). Now THAT's the definition of Agape love! "We love (suffer for) him, because he first loved (suffered for) us (1 John 4:19). What a God!

A pretty cool idea to memorialize Paul.
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Apr 5, 2012 - 12:13am PT
Paul is getting some action in Joshua Tree this week :-)

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susan peplow

climber
GordonFest Paypal: devansbike@earthlink.net
Apr 5, 2012 - 12:29am PT
Survey Says, Paul's Balls loved the "Mikado" on the Feudal Wall.

A little hot for Indian Cove today wasn't it John? Bet you're glad the winds were down today!

enjoimx

Trad climber
Kirkwood, ca
Apr 5, 2012 - 12:37am PT
Inspiring story! Great idea.
MisterE

Social climber
Apr 5, 2012 - 01:15am PT
Paul has been with me on lead to:
Echo Cliffs,LA CA
Malibu State Park,LA CA
Schnebly Hill Road, Sedona AZ
Joshua Tree NP CA
New Jack City, CA
El Potrero Chico, Mexico
Idylwild, CA
Stunt Slabs, LA CA
Tick Rock, LA CA
Stoney Point, LA CA
Red Rocks, NV

so far...

Spreading the wonderful spirit of Paul - I ask him often,

"Are we ready for this route?"

The answer is invariably "YES!"

426

climber
Apr 5, 2012 - 09:34am PT
Paul cruising with us.
Paul cruising with us.
Credit: 426

Paul's hammered numerous pitches with us this winter from Booger Hollow down on to Lickskillet, Alabama.

Moar someother time

John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Apr 5, 2012 - 11:58am PT
A little hot for Indian Cove today wasn't it John?

I'm a morning/evening climber... so... absolutely perfect :-)

My geriatric fingers are trashed...
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Apr 23, 2012 - 11:19am PT
Team Paul beat team Brawn up the Egg on Saturday :-)

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S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
May 17, 2012 - 06:51pm PT
bump
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
May 18, 2012 - 03:51pm PT
Not me in the photo... but the chalk came through for me again when Blue Collar Crack, a 5.9 crack, felt more like 5.11 last week...

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John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Jun 8, 2012 - 12:05pm PT

Where IS that chalk?

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Kpav

Social climber
Flagaz
Jun 8, 2012 - 04:42pm PT
These photos are from an overnight trek in Grand Canyon National Park taken a few months ago. Loved having Paul along!

Paul's camp on the Tonto plateau, above Hance creek.  Paul's poof mark...
Paul's camp on the Tonto plateau, above Hance creek. Paul's poof mark on the left.
Credit: Kpav

Paul's view
Paul's view
Credit: Kpav
yllw2lip

Social climber
Orange, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 28, 2012 - 01:12am PT
Glad to see Paul's Balls are still going strong a year after his passing. Thank you for posting about your trips with him. I am glad he is still going on adventures.

God bless you all!
Paul's lil' sis, Anna
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 2, 2012 - 11:41am PT
i suspect he's on his way to Vedauwoo soon....
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Jul 2, 2012 - 12:33pm PT
...and to the Cirque in a couple of weeks
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Jul 2, 2012 - 12:40pm PT
Very cool project.

Paul's one of those people who touched others (like me) he never even met. I found myself thinking of him and his courageous thread a lot as I took a trip to the North Coast of California recently.

I climbed a bit at the Trinity Aretes and saw the courage and cool ethic he displayed in developing routes there. Okay, I'm not on board with the removable bolts, but I respect his vision and the unique voice he shared with all of us.

R.I.P Paul, and may your balls continue to conquer!
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Jul 2, 2012 - 01:50pm PT
Interesting idea. I'd like to get my ashes tossed off El Cap. There are worse places to spend eternity than that.
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Jul 2, 2012 - 04:49pm PT
Paul's Balls are indeed going strong, glad to see so many posts and photos.

We recently took Paul up Queen Victoria, a tower in Sedona. Glad to have him along as always.
nature

climber
SoSlo, CO
Jul 2, 2012 - 05:15pm PT
He's climbed in Eldo, South Plate, Boulder Canyon, Clear Creek and yeah... Woo soon.

if my grand scheme for the summer/fall works out he'll also go up the Hallucinogen Wall, Naked Edge and the Casual Route on the Diamond.

Climbing with SteveW. Getting ready to start up Bushes of Beelzebub. I...
Climbing with SteveW. Getting ready to start up Bushes of Beelzebub. It's a 180' 5.8+ with a little of everything. Thanks Paul I needed that chalk!
Credit: nature
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 25, 2012 - 11:30am PT


I seem to recall that Paul posted a very moving short autobiography covering some of the harder times in his life and talked about his tree climbing work.
Can any of you point me to that posting? I want to show it to my wife, another Humboldt Co expat.

With respect and honor to his memory,

Darwin
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Jul 25, 2012 - 11:59am PT

:-)



My Up And Down Life




okaythatsme

climber
Jul 29, 2012 - 07:55pm PT
Remembering Paul... and visualizing he's climbing, soaring and being amazed.
Betty Uno

Mountain climber
Alti Plano
Aug 4, 2012 - 05:10pm PT

Are you kidding? This is way less weird than finding flowers from a funeral on the beach and knowing somewhere, somebody's ashes have been randomly strewn on beach and bayside just before you got there. Duh.

At least you are consciously performing a ritual, instead of walking accidentally into a cloud of "Donny" blown over from the Dude's beach.
Bill Mc Kirgan

Trad climber
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Sep 16, 2012 - 10:46am PT
Helping to fulfill Paul's unique request is an honor.

Paul was climbing with us yesterday at Indian Bluffs in Iowa.

Boneless Chicken Ranch wall at Indian Bluffs State Wildlife Management...
Boneless Chicken Ranch wall at Indian Bluffs State Wildlife Management Area in Iowa
Credit: Bill Mc Kirgan

Boneless Chicken Ranch wall at Indian Bluffs State Wildlife Management...
Boneless Chicken Ranch wall at Indian Bluffs State Wildlife Management Area in Iowa
Credit: Bill Mc Kirgan

One of "Paul's Balls" making the rounds at Boneless Chicken Ranch wall...
One of "Paul's Balls" making the rounds at Boneless Chicken Ranch wall at Indian Bluffs State Wildlife Management Area in Iowa
Credit: Bill Mc Kirgan

Doing this for him helps me better appreciate the beauty of this world and the friends and family we share it with.

Climb On Paul!
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Sep 16, 2012 - 10:55am PT
Nice Bill! And well worded.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Sep 16, 2012 - 01:28pm PT
WoW, I have been deeply moved and brought to tears after reading this and related posts of Pauls journey.
I even shared his story with my wife, who suggested that it would make a great book/movie.

I'd be honored to carry Pauls Balls in my chalk bag and spread his spirit
wherever I may roam.

Does anyone know if any of his balls are still available?
If so I'm in!

Rest in peace Paul,
Tad & Maureen Hocking


John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Oct 19, 2012 - 03:33pm PT
Paul rode with us to the Aiguille De Joshua Tree last week.

I wonder if Paul got yelled at when he scampered up the thing:

Me, Paul Humphrey, at J-Tree, early 1990's, by Bob Crowell. &#40;My gi...
Me, Paul Humphrey, at J-Tree, early 1990's, by Bob Crowell. (My girlfriend loves this shot?!)
Credit: Disaster Master
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Oct 19, 2012 - 06:44pm PT
Paul is headed down to Red Rocks then on to Moab and Indian Creek in about a week. Love him as one of my traveling companions!


Susan
Bill Mc Kirgan

Trad climber
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Oct 29, 2012 - 12:46pm PT
Two days at Jackson Falls in Southern Illinois

"You are Here" sign at Jackson Falls in Southern Illinois
"You are Here" sign at Jackson Falls in Southern Illinois
Credit: Bill Mc Kirgan

Warming up on 'Fine Nine' near Lovely Tower
Warming up on 'Fine Nine' near Lovely Tower
Credit: Bill Mc Kirgan

Fine Nine
Fine Nine
Credit: Bill Mc Kirgan

Group Therapy and Psychotherapy were touched at the Gallery
Group Therapy and Psychotherapy were touched at the Gallery
Credit: Bill Mc Kirgan

Gallery: touching Earthbound Misfit, and the Minstral
Gallery: touching Earthbound Misfit, and the Minstral
Credit: Bill Mc Kirgan


These are just a few of the places that were touched. I couldn't get photos of everything as we were moving quickly from place to place. One of my favorites was "Pete's Lead". I'm still new at leading on gear and had a good time doing that route after a couple of rehearsals on TR.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Oct 29, 2012 - 08:27pm PT
He's hang in' in Moab, Utah. Likely Wall Street and Indian Creek...


Susan
Gym Birdwall

Gym climber
Santa Rosa, CA
Nov 5, 2012 - 12:42pm PT
Northern California coast
Northern California coast
Credit: Gym Birdwall

Happy birthday Paul. Miss you!!!
Climbing on with thanks to all the Paul's Balls.
thanks everyone for making his wishes a reality.

Paul thought for the day:

The way that can be told
is not the way.
Kpav

Social climber
Flagaz
Nov 5, 2012 - 01:40pm PT
Happy Birthday Paul! Sure do miss you buddy. Climb on!
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Nov 5, 2012 - 02:57pm PT
I never got the Pauls Ball you spose to send me, Gym.


:(
Gym Birdwall

Gym climber
Santa Rosa, CA
Nov 5, 2012 - 05:09pm PT
Woah sorry Cosmic. Don't want you to be ball-less!!

Just send your address to me.
hossjulia

Social climber
Eastside (of the Tetons)
Nov 5, 2012 - 05:18pm PT
Today is his birthday? I'm honored, it's mine too. Sniff.

Took his idea and put some of my sons ashes in my chalk bag.
Kpav

Social climber
Flagaz
Nov 5, 2012 - 06:35pm PT
Paul and I celebrated our birthdays with a little bouldering outside Albuquerque.
Credit: Kpav
Credit: Kpav
Miss ya brother. Thanks for climbing with me today, I missed it. Happy Birthday!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 12, 2012 - 11:20am PT
Hey Paul, been on my annual Fall Peregination Tour waiting on ski season to start. We've been all over the place hiking, climbing and MTB. I've left a little of you behind in The Gorge, Indian Creek, Red Rocks, Castleton and Fisher Towers, Wall Street, Ice Cream Parlour and Arches.
And guess what, sitting here with my cuppa...it's never far from me, nor is your memory and spirit that carried me through the darkest of my days!

Ice Cream Parlour, Moab area
Ice Cream Parlour, Moab area
Credit: SCseagoat



Susan
doktor_g

Social climber
Mt Shasta, CA
Nov 21, 2012 - 01:54pm PT
Bump for remembrance.
cragnshag

Social climber
san joser
Nov 21, 2012 - 02:18pm PT
Paul climbed with Clint and I on a new route in Yosemite a few weeks ago.

Credit: cragnshag


Credit: cragnshag

Paul helping me keep a firm grip on the next few moves.
Paul helping me keep a firm grip on the next few moves.
Credit: cragnshag

yllw2lip

Social climber
Orange, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 21, 2013 - 01:16am PT
I am sad to report that Paul's wife, Ruth aka Gym Birdwall, has passed away ironically from the same type of cancer. She died on December 21, 2012. The cancer attacked her brain and they gave her less than 2 months to live when she found out. She was gone in less than a month after I was informed she had cancer. She was the one who distributed "Paul's Balls" and I don't know if my Dad will be taking up that task for any future requests.

I am thankful for Ruth and all she did for Paul and for her willingness to start up "Paul's Balls" in his memory. I am glad that many took the opportunity to spread a little Paul around all over the world and take him on their adventures.

Anna
aka Paul's lil sis
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Jan 21, 2013 - 01:56am PT
Really sad to hear this.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jan 21, 2013 - 05:48am PT
hey there say, yllw2lip...

god bless you through this awful time of double loss...
and condolences to her family and loved ones...
:(
yllw2lip

Social climber
Orange, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 10, 2013 - 08:48pm PT
Hey Neebee, thanks for the condolences.

If anyone has a request for a Paul's Balls maybe email me and I can see if there is a way to continue this on for the future. I find it so special to read the stories of where people have taken him after death. It truly touches my heart and spirit.

I don't know if more Paul's Balls will be made, but if I can figure out how to keep this going I will do it.

John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Mar 16, 2013 - 07:30pm PT
Spring has sprung, and Paul is getting on some chicken heads up LCC

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SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Apr 12, 2013 - 08:39pm PT
Heart Ledges fixed ropes
Heart Ledges fixed ropes
Credit: SCseagoat

Thinking of you Paul and now Ruth. It seems like just yesterday that I caught up to the two of you in Berkeley.
Cruised along the base of El Cap and thought that might be a good place to leave a "trace". Didn't bring jumars or aiders so you are just at the start.

Missing you both,

Susan
yllw2lip

Social climber
Orange, CA
Topic Author's Reply - May 22, 2013 - 01:52am PT
http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/paulandruth/annadwingersfundraisingpage

I am running my first full marathon soon and I would like to raise money for Melanoma Cancer research in memory of Paul and Ruth. My goal is $40 per mile for the 26.2 mile long run. If you would like to help with a donation and sponsor a mile, or half a mile, or a quarter of a mile just click on the link. Thanks!
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Sep 28, 2013 - 01:42pm PT
still sending

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Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Oct 4, 2013 - 08:15pm PT
Paul bump...

On Friday, 9/27/13, I left some of Paul on the summit of Kilimanjaro. Taking him there was part of the drive I needed to keep going the last thousand feet or so.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Oct 4, 2013 - 08:42pm PT
^^^^^^^chills up and down me, Vegas, just beautiful!

Susan
yllw2lip

Social climber
Orange, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2014 - 10:03pm PT
July 29, 2011 Paul passed away after a painful battle with metastatic melanoma cancer. I wish I was a climber and could reach out to you all somehow. Thank you for those of you who participated in the "Paul's Balls" thing... that was and is still so very cool! I would like to one day have my Dad bring the rest of Paul's ashes to Joshua Tree and have a memorial service and invite the climbing community out to spread the rest of him in his favorite place to climb and explore. I have no idea when that would happen, but its been on my mind.

All I can do right now is run, for him and Ruth. In their memory I raised over $1450 for melanoma cancer research by running a marathon March 2014, at the LA Marathon. Now I created a "Virtual Birthday Run" to continue to raise money for melanoma research. It's my new mission in life, to bring awareness to this type of cancer and encourage people to get their skin checked every year and to keep doing self exams on your skin every few months.

The info for the fundraiser is at www.virtualbirthdayrun.blogspot.com And if you feel so inclined to donate or to participate by hiking and counting your miles towards the 13.1 miles for the medal, please feel free to do so. I run 13.1 miles on my birthday. I did it for the first time on my bday last year, this year I am making it into the best birthday gift I could receive... donations for the Melanoma Research Foundation www.melanoma.org

Take care of your skin! And in Paul's words, "Belay on!" (hope I spelled that right! lol)God bless!
yllw2lip

Social climber
Orange, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2014 - 10:08pm PT
Vegas Climber, that is so very very very cool! I love it! Brings tears to my eyes to know that people cared enough about him to carry him so far with them in the climbing adventures. I am sure he is happy in all the places he has been so far!

I wonder when I could get a group to gather in his memory in Joshua tree to spread him around there and maybe let people take some with them in their chalk balls to continue the "Paul's Balls" adventures! That would be cool! I think its time to give the rest of Paul over to the elements, release him into the air, and grind him into rocks all over the USA/world.

If there is any interest let me know! Perhaps just email me: yllw2lip@yahoo.com Since I don't often come back to this forum.
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Jul 28, 2014 - 10:14pm PT
If more of Paul's Balls were made available I'd like another. Mine is rather flaccid ATM.

as an aside... if you wish to spread his ashes in JTree I suggest you not talk about it. At least knot too much as spreading ashes in a national park isn't something the powers that be generally approve of.
bixquite

Social climber
humboldt nation
Jul 28, 2014 - 10:14pm PT
Paul's still laughing and sending up here at Index, WA
yllw2lip

Social climber
Orange, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2014 - 10:38pm PT
Nature, good point. I guess we could gather there to pass out the final Paul's Balls :) He can be "spread" via chalk.

I think JT would be a good meeting point to say our final good byes to him, and to carry him forward into the next adventure. Or some people need to come help me make some Paul's balls to send to people, I just don't know if I have it in me. I don't know how Ruth was able to do that. I think it made her happy though.
Jim Clipper

climber
from: forests to tree farms
Jul 28, 2014 - 11:08pm PT
northern coast bump
northern coast bump
Credit: Jim Clipper

congrats on your race. hope your wishes come to fruition.
yllw2lip

Social climber
Orange, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 30, 2014 - 06:40pm PT
I called my Dad. He finished spreading Paul's ashes. He was taking Paul to all his favorite climbing places, the mountain behind our childhood home in Glen Avon CA, Big Bear mountain where there were boulders he liked to climb, and he sprinkled a little around some boulders in Joshua Tree. So, I guess i don't have to think of a way to get a group together and I also don't have a way to get out any more Paul's Balls. Glad Dad was able to do that, just didn't realize he had finished his journeys around with Paul's ashes.

yllw2lip

Social climber
Orange, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 30, 2014 - 06:42pm PT
Thank you Jim Clipper. It's been an honor to help spread the word about melanoma and skin cancer prevention in Paul's name and Ruth's. And to raise money for a great foundation, The Melanoma Research Foundation. :)
gf

climber
Jul 30, 2014 - 08:33pm PT
What a wonderful legacy to Paul!
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