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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!
couchmaster

climber
Oct 6, 2014 - 04:35pm PT
Coming back doing rehab from surgery, was digging around my basement to grab some gear to go self-belay a easy TR to see if I was ready to grab some rock again. Saw the Paul Humphrey chalkbag on the wall and it just seemed so right so I grabbed it. Dr. said I'd be out till November, but Paul and I played hookey from work today - we did a lap and were happy not to screw anything the Dr fixed up on a 5.7....of course, it might be a different story in the AM:-)

Thanks for coming out today with me Paul. It mattered. I know it's a place you've never been as I rarely go there. Last time I was there was when my boy was coming through town and stopped to say hi, good memories both times. Thanks again.

No pics. Sorry:-)
shiro16

climber
Oct 6, 2014 - 09:33pm PT
This one?
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Oct 6, 2014 - 11:21pm PT
Good to see this thread get bumped. My Paul's Ball is just about empty, and I would gladly take him another round if I could. But I'm glad to hear that he is now resting in his favorite places.

We had some good times together though with Germany, Kilimanjaro and recently Yosemite all becoming part of our travels. I hope he enjoyed the trip, as I enjoyed having him along.

One of the things that always got me about the whole thing, was how many people that I climbed with asked for a pinch for their chalkbags from mine when they heard the tale. A truly unique journey for a unique guy.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 7, 2014 - 05:37am PT
I'd like to get a Paul ball. I think he and Blitzo would get along!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Oct 7, 2014 - 07:53am PT
Did Blitzo ever take photos of Paul climbing?
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, or In What Time Zone Am I?
Oct 7, 2014 - 09:45am PT
'd like to get a Paul ball. I think he and Blitzo would get along!

Jay, If Paul's Balls have all been dispersed I still have a good portion of Paul's Ball remaining (they were giant balls!) and will bring it to Moab and share it with you. Paul would love to get the places only you could take him.
If fact, although I'm not climbing today I am hiking at Land of Medicine Buddha and I think I'll take Paul up there.

Susan
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