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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.


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

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.

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

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.

Social climber
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... :(

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

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!

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.


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

Big Wall climber
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.

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

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.

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.

Gym Birdwall

Gym climber
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.

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

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

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

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.

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