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Ian Gill

Big Wall climber
Redding, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 24, 2012 - 08:25pm PT
It's taken me over a week to put this post up - I guess it's a place I just didn't want to visit in my mind. I couldn't officially accept the answer "No". If you read my last post, you know that for almost the last year I've been training and outfitting myself to get back on the big walls with a solo ascent of ZM, as a gift to myself for beating cancer and alcohol. I just wanted to climb again until I was too old to do it anymore. Ironically, with a month to go, I get smacked in the face with a cancer diagnosis again. I was still planning on going - but since that time, things have gotten much more complicated, and I'm officially one sick puppy.

I'm writing this because so many of you showed your true colors and stepped up with offers of help in getting my bags up to the base and off the top, mega moral support - even a few who couldn't be there offered $$ to anyone else who could help me haul my stuff. The power of the TacoStand truly came through, and I'm proud to call myself a member of this climbing community. I was not only touched, but completely overwhelmed at the selflessness of you all - and so many that I didn't even know! - in short, it blew me away!

Maybe that's why this is hard to write - in a sense, I feel like I've let people down. I know that's not the case (maybe except for the free beer that would have been available), but that's the way it feels.

It turns out that I have not one, but TWO cancers to deal with (very rare). The tumor in my lung tested positive for Melanoma (I once had a pre-cancerous lesion removed off my back), while the others appear to be colorectal cancer (my original cancer) that has metasticized to various parts of my body. But just to make sure, I have to have my liver biopsied this Wednesday to make sure which kind of cancer it is. They couldn't put a stent in my kidney to unblock it, because when they went in, they found that another tumor had eaten its way through the ureter wall and was causing the blockage. About 2 weeks ago I started to develop "lymphodema" in my right leg, meaning that my right leg is constantly swelling up due to a cancerous lymph node mass on my right side near my groin. If it was swelling up that much just from walking around the house, how bad would it get after climbing all day? I find myself prone to lightheadedness and short dizzy spells, which is probably not the best thing to have in the middle of a hook lead.

I finally had to make the call. Hudon assured me that if things went medically wrong, and I had to bail from say, 1,000 feet up ZM, that it would be a major ordeal. Seriously, it hurts more to know that I possibly may not climb a wall again (I'll be 54 this year) than it does to know I have cancer again. Sound crazy? Well, its the truth! I don't know what lies ahead now, I just know I have to find a way to beat it any way I can.

I will never forget all the support, well wishes, and people willing to give of themselves just to make my dream come true. That memory will live with me while fighting this f**ked up disease one more time. I know it's going to be a rough ride this time. Thank you all again, SO many times! And Hudon, Ekat, and Gagner? Extra thanks, you are all class acts!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jun 24, 2012 - 08:31pm PT
I feel like I've let people down

No way dude. Not a chance.
Gagner

climber
Boulder
Jun 24, 2012 - 08:33pm PT
F*$k cancer .... lets focus on your comeback buddy.

Will call later...

Paul
johnboy

Trad climber
Can't get here from there
Jun 24, 2012 - 08:33pm PT
Truly a hard row to hoe.
People can be so kind, and then life enters.

I wish you the best of luck with your journey that you face, from your words I can tell, you will face it head on and with purpose.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Jun 24, 2012 - 08:33pm PT
Oh no.

Don't worry, you're not letting anyone down. You did your best to step up to your dream, and in the meantime found a lot of supporters.

The SuperTacoTeam is here to offer our continued support, wherever your story will lead you.

Thanks for being strong enough to share your journey here, with us.
labrat

Trad climber
Nevada City, CA
Jun 24, 2012 - 08:48pm PT
Heal up then climb! Good thoughts going your way ;-)
Erik
wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
Jun 24, 2012 - 08:54pm PT
Sending healing energy and positive vibrations your way Ian.
stevep

Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
Jun 24, 2012 - 08:59pm PT
Crap. Being a colorectal cancer survivor myself, I was pulling for you to get up that wall, but it sounds like you are making the right call.
I work in the health care industry and have plenty of contacts. Feel free to message me if you have questions or want advice and I will help where I can.

--Steve
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jun 24, 2012 - 09:06pm PT
You ain't done yet, Ian!

Max wants to buy all the gear you bought but he's willing to lend it back to you the minute you need it after you beat this latest setback.
Ian Gill

Big Wall climber
Redding, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 24, 2012 - 09:10pm PT

If you would just quit climbing, Mark, I could get the record for oldest to solo when I come back!
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Jun 24, 2012 - 09:13pm PT
Thanks for sharing Ian and I'm terribly sorry about your situation. Metastasized melanoma is a grave diagnosis indeed. I'm a Heme/Onc nurse and I spend far too much time thinking about (and far too many dreams about) how I would feel and what I would do if I was diagnosed in the manner that so many of my patients are. It seems like you and I have had the same idea because if I could pull off one more El Cap route that's definitely what I would be doing. It pains me to see that that dream is not a likely one for you. Please take care of yourself and find a new outlet for your "one more shot at" dream. I know we will all be watching to see what you come up with and eager to help if we are able.
Ian Gill

Big Wall climber
Redding, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 24, 2012 - 09:20pm PT

High Desert, your words make my resolve even stronger.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 24, 2012 - 09:28pm PT

I'm sending love, caring and hope your way. Any please, no more of the talk about letting others down.

Darwin
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jun 24, 2012 - 10:52pm PT
When you mentioned the leg swelling I kinda knew in my heart what it was and that it would put the brakes on your climb. I too know more than I care to know about cancer.

I've seen some very bad cases beaten. I can be done! When you do finally come back to the valley there is going to be one hell of a celebration .. I hope it will make the shindig that cheered on Alex and Hans pale in comparison.

Here is to bravery and balls and to someone..(you) who has tons of both!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jun 24, 2012 - 10:55pm PT
Here is to bravery and balls and to someone..(you) who has tons of both!

I know Ian only by phone, text and email but truer words could not be spoken of him!
Bad Climber

climber
Jun 24, 2012 - 10:59pm PT
Ian, I hope we get to meet sometime in a place with clear skies, grand, clean stone, and fire in our hearts for life's adventures. Be well. Fight hard. We're thinking of you!

BAd
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 24, 2012 - 11:28pm PT
Ian, sorry to hear the news, and good luck with your journey.

Just a thought - let's say that you got to the point where you thought you had a decent chance at ZM, but were worried about what to do if you ran into problems. Maybe, just maybe, it could be arranged that there just happened to be an experienced and prepared team following you up the route, a pitch or two behind. There if needed, as it were. I don't know if one can get down from ZM without major shenanigans, but maybe something of the sort would work. You'd still be soloing, but also prepared.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 24, 2012 - 11:28pm PT
hey there say, ian...

i had not known of this... as to your other thread, or, if i did, i may have put it to shelf, thinking it was well and fine now, :(


say--when folks do their 'trail duties' of setting up things for life, and such, this is NOT letting folks down, when the trail 'suddenly changes'...
chin up, as to that...

next--we will be praying, and whatever ever else folks can do, for you to tackle this, and see some kind of a victory...
keep hanging in here and sharing, and getting support...

surprises can happen up trail, you never know...
there are treasures to find, whether new or different, in the midst of any new trail, even if it seems far to hard to tackle...


whether the big wall comes true or not, the main point is to get well first...

there will be new joys found in whatever climbs open, after that...
and--just sharing your life with others that have hurt, in these same situation, will bring new life to folks that you have never even seen, met, or heard of, yet...


god bless...
aspendougy

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Jun 24, 2012 - 11:29pm PT
Hi Ian:

Check out this website: cancertutor.com

This man did lots of research on how you can help yourself stay alive.

Best Regards, and I hope you can make it up a bug wall some day.
froodish

Social climber
Portland, Oregon
Jun 24, 2012 - 11:30pm PT
Ian, Must have been hard to make that decision but seems the right call. My best wishes for your recovery and your subsequent send!
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Jun 25, 2012 - 12:15am PT
Dreams add sparkle to life and purpose to our play. Chasing that dream over the last year probably added some sparkle to your life. Keep dreaming even if it seems further away if not impossible today. Find other dreams, too.

I am rooting for you to have as much fun as is humanly possible.
RDB

Social climber
wa
Jun 25, 2012 - 12:26am PT
Hey Ian,

Obviously tough to write and hard to read. My thoughts are with you. In the grand scheme climbing aint no thing. Toughing this sh#t out is, for however long the nasty stuff lasts.

You know that already. It aint as much fun as being on elcap for sure but it is an amazing and painful journey of discovery. If the time comes and you get a chance to get back on elcap I'd be happy help make it happen in any way possible.

I had a good reminder this week from "the gift that keeps on giving", it really isn't how much power we put out short term but how much endurance we have in the end.

I know that midstream HOPE can be really hard to come by. Let your friends, family and medical staff help when you are finding it hard to come up with any. You have more climbing yet to do Bro. And you have the power and endurance to see this through.

Dane
Jennie

Trad climber
Elk Creek, Idaho
Jun 25, 2012 - 12:29am PT
Best wishes for a rebound and return, Ian.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Jun 25, 2012 - 12:54am PT
You've got the Heart, and that's the biggest thing in Life, AFAIC.
Dreams are dreams. They'll always be. You be too, ok?
BE.
StevenStrong

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 25, 2012 - 01:02am PT
Ian, there is a saying "one loves ones desires, not what is desired". No matter how many times you climb El Cap, or other walls, and no matter how many times you get off the top and say "never again", the desire to return always seems to come back. You are lucky that you've already had an El Cap experience - most people can't say that.

Your wall now is the cancer - get on it and SEND!

My thoughts and energy are with you.

Steve
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jun 25, 2012 - 02:45am PT
Sorry to hear the turn of events. Ovarian cancer survivor here. I recall all too vividly those dark days of the feeling of letting people down. I know we didn't but it still is there. Keep your strength up for the really big wall facing you.

Thinking of you,
Susan
shipoopoi

Big Wall climber
oakland
Jun 25, 2012 - 02:49am PT
ian, my thoughts are with you tonight. i'm glad you found a lot of friends and support here on the taco. el cap can wait for now. just try and get better. steve
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Jun 25, 2012 - 11:08am PT
We're here for you, Ian. . . keepin' your magic alive!

OXOXOXOX

eKat
Gunkie

Trad climber
East Coast US
Jun 25, 2012 - 12:08pm PT
I find myself prone to lightheadedness and short dizzy spells, which is probably not the best thing to have in the middle of a hook lead.


Seems like a benefit while on A4 hooks ;)

But truly, hang in there and don't give up hope. Fight out of this current nadir and find your next window of opportunity. Then... get after it. Best wishes from the east coast.
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Jun 25, 2012 - 12:20pm PT
Sometimes amazing cures happen. I had a friend with acute leukemia - white cell count 5 times higher than "normal" leukemia, total liver and kidney failure, and he still pulled through all that - 12 years ago. He had good doctors, but most importantly an indomitable spirit. You want to get through the cancer to climb but maybe you climbed so that eventually you could survive even cancer. My friend rode a motorcycle across the Sahara desert among other things, and he said that experience helped him get through the leukemia.
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Jun 25, 2012 - 01:39pm PT
Ian

Wishing you the best over the next few months and never give up on the dream. Perhaps when you are better we can pull together and get you up the big rock one more time.

Attitude is everything Ian you know that. You can win this but you have to believe you're the one going to win.

Dream BIG live BIG.

Silver
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev.
Jun 25, 2012 - 01:52pm PT
sending spirits your way Ian. Climbing in the mind can not be squelched. Relay on that till the battles are WON!
Hilaryalp

climber
Jun 25, 2012 - 02:55pm PT
I've only read your posts but your situation has really touched me and I can only send you many many positive thoughts from France and tell you to hang in there, give it everything and I hope you get the best best luck you deserve to get back on the rock. Bon courage
RDB

Social climber
wa
Jun 25, 2012 - 03:49pm PT
"maybe you climbed so that eventually you could survive even cancer"

well said.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jun 25, 2012 - 05:54pm PT
"maybe you climbed so that eventually you could survive even cancer"

I so believe that was my case. During treatment I pulled on so many climbing metaphors. You can do this Ian. Live your life well no matter what is thrown your way.

Susan
andy@climbingmoab

Big Wall climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 25, 2012 - 09:18pm PT
Good luck to you - you are inspiring.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jun 26, 2012 - 01:14am PT
Climbers Rise Above Cancer. Even when we feel like we fail to red-point, let alone on-site, we WILL try again. That is the difference between a soul who collapses and a soul who soars.

Paul, Disaster Master, had posted this on one of my cancer threads. Says a lot.

Keep soaring in spite of all the crap being thrown your way.



Susan
gimmeslack

Trad climber
VA
Jun 26, 2012 - 08:11am PT
Respect!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jun 26, 2012 - 08:32am PT
Keep on keeping on and chasing all your other dreams!! Missing one dream doesn't make you less.
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Jun 26, 2012 - 10:57am PT
Stay alive Ian.
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Jun 26, 2012 - 11:00am PT
I'm jumpin' back in here to say one more thing. . . .

THE GOOD AT THE TACO STAND MAKES ME PROUD!

I love us!

oxoxoxoxo

eK@

Double D

climber
Jun 26, 2012 - 12:27pm PT
Best wishes to a successful healing.
Ian Gill

Big Wall climber
Redding, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 26, 2012 - 01:05pm PT

Many thanks to ALL the comments here! It is truly powerful magic!

We are all a special breed, and I am proud to be one of you!
Prezwoodz

climber
Anchorage
Jun 26, 2012 - 03:20pm PT
You shouldn't consider it letting anyone down! I am inspired by your dedication and want to continue life. When you get better my offer still stands, I'll even do the wall with you. Once your free and clear let me know, I'll fly down for that.

Kelsey
ec

climber
ca
Jun 27, 2012 - 08:47pm PT
Ian, in my mind, you are still up there on the ledge...
Ian, in my mind, you are still up there on the ledge...
Credit: ed sampson, ec joe collection

once there, you never really leave...

 ec
Ian Gill

Big Wall climber
Redding, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 28, 2012 - 02:39pm PT
I still have my moments where I get so pissed I'm just two steps away from throwing all my gear in the truck, buy some food, and head for the wall and let the chips fall where they may.

But on a sensible note - My son has never climbed. If I were to take him to Tenaya, Toulumne (before treatment kicks in), to learn the basics and do some Easy climbs (maybe up to 5.7 or so) just so he can take in the atmosphere and enjoy himself at the same time - any suggestions for some 'must do' routes?

I've already decided Great White Book would be on the list for him, just for scenic quality alone!

Cheers! We're gonna die!!!!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jun 28, 2012 - 03:33pm PT
Is that Ian doing pull ups one the ledge?
Ian Gill

Big Wall climber
Redding, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 28, 2012 - 04:31pm PT
That's actually John Barbella in the photo. We were sittin' out a rain day. I took my turn after John (not to be out done) Yeah, we were a little bored!

~ Mescalito
Ian Gill

Big Wall climber
Redding, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 28, 2012 - 04:33pm PT

EC! What has become of Ed Sampson? Even Leversee doesn't know where he is.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Jun 28, 2012 - 04:33pm PT
Barbella Rocks. So Do You Ian!
ec

climber
ca
Jun 28, 2012 - 05:25pm PT
'Last spoke to Ed in the late '90's...sometime after skiing together at Snowbird (a North Face gig). Ed, I believe is in Colorado. - ec

Supertopo threads of Ed Sampson:

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=290607&msg=291453#msg291453

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=553968&msg=554260#msg554260
tolman_paul

Trad climber
Anchorage, AK
Jun 28, 2012 - 05:44pm PT
Ian,

Sorry to hear about your cancer returning, I'll keep you in my prayers.

Sometimes the planning and work towards our dreams is more important and helps us in ways that are more important than realizing the dream itself.

Definately take your son climbing, and spend time in Toulemne. It really doesn't matter what you climb together, the time you two spend together will be what matters more then exactly where it is, or what you are doing.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jun 28, 2012 - 05:48pm PT
Ed's in boulder.
ME Climb

climber
Behind the Orange Curtain
Jun 28, 2012 - 07:37pm PT
Ian,
I am sorry to hear about this. I wish you the best of luck during this battle.

Eric
Ian Gill

Big Wall climber
Redding, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 29, 2012 - 02:51pm PT

Bump for some classic "easy" route suggestions to take my 17 year old son on in Toulumne, Tenaya, etc. He has never climbed before. I may do this for 2 - 3 days before treatment begins.

Man, I feel like sh*t today!
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Jun 29, 2012 - 03:26pm PT
Puppy Dome (ground school and TRs)

One of those 5.5 - 5.7 things (MARMOT)

NW Books (LEMBERT)

West Country (SPD)

GWB (SPD)

South Crack (SPD)
Ian Gill

Big Wall climber
Redding, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 29, 2012 - 04:58pm PT

Thanks, Kath - you ARE the magic woman!!!!
Anne

Trad climber
Portland, OR
Jun 29, 2012 - 05:09pm PT
South Crack

Hermaphrodite Flake

Golf Route

NW Books

Have a wonderful time!!
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Jun 29, 2012 - 07:01pm PT
Ian, at some point after climbing, don't forget to do the *Tenaya Lake lay back* with your son.
Lake Tenaya's white sandy beach can be so relaxing...It's a great place to have a picnic and take a nap.

The sounds of kids playing, people climbing, and the water lapping on the beach...aahhh..

Best Wishes on your Journey..
From your neighbor to the south of you.

Salud..

nita...


ps..
F*#k Cancer.

pss, note for above.... That's the~ Golfer's route..+1
Ian Gill

Big Wall climber
Redding, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 29, 2012 - 08:12pm PT

Yeah, Nita - my kind of place!
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Sep 11, 2012 - 01:46pm PT
Hi all...friends of Charlie Gill's (also known as Ian) and others who have posted here and been so uplifting to him...an update to what is going on with him as you have not seen him here in a while...he has been undergoing some heavy duty chemo every other week - which has been working, the swelling in his leg has gone down - but it is not without its many side effects. One of which is a lowered immune system, and currently he has been in the hospital for over a week with double pneumonia.

Needless to say, between the cancer and the chemo, he has been unable to work to support his family...so a fundraiser has been started to help his family with the enormous strain this battle with this dreadful disease has placed upon them more than once...financially, physically, and emotionally. Charlie/Ian, Michelle and Trevor have handled this adversity with humor, dignity, and love and have been an inspiration to many. I wanted to make you all aware of this fundraiser should you be in a position to help... no amount is too small...a little goes a long way and is so very much appreciated.

Then Ian/Charlie can get back to the task of kicking Cancer's ASS!! to get his own up on a wall again!! Thank you for anything you can do to help Ian/Charlie and his family!!

I've attached the link to the fundraiser here. If for some reason it doesn't work here, try to cut and paste the web address. You can also find it on his Facebook wall. If you are unable to donate, leaving him some words of inspiration either here or on Facebook goes a long way too in lifting his spirits!

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Sep 11, 2012 - 01:50pm PT
Thanks for the update on Ian. Sending my thoughts his way.
wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
Sep 11, 2012 - 02:00pm PT
Big healing thoughts coming your way Ian!
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Sep 11, 2012 - 02:02pm PT
But on a sensible note - My son has never climbed. If I were to take him to Tenaya, Toulumne (before treatment kicks in), to learn the basics and do some Easy climbs (maybe up to 5.7 or so) just so he can take in the atmosphere and enjoy himself at the same time

go, have a time with your son, become the Gargantua and Pantagruel (Giants) of Yosemite.

labrat

Trad climber
Nevada City, CA
Sep 11, 2012 - 04:06pm PT
Good thoughts going your way. Heal up!
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Sep 11, 2012 - 05:03pm PT
Hi Ian/Family,
Cancer sucks, my 82 yr. old father is currently going through chemo for lymphoma in SoCal.
I've never met you and would like to help with a donation but I'm only
employed part time, substitute teacher, so that is beyond my means. I also live in Redding and am willing to help out in other ways (yard work,
painting, etc.) if needed. PM me here if there is anything I can do to help.
Sending you positive vibes for your recovery,
Tad
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Sep 11, 2012 - 10:41pm PT
This bears repeating.
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Sep 12, 2012 - 10:21am PT
Thank you so much to all of you who have responded with messages and donations.
Your support and inspiration means the world to Ian and has lifted his spirits greatly.

I am reposting the fundraiser link here for those who may have missed it the first time.

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd
hoipolloi

climber
A friends backyard with the neighbors wifi
Sep 12, 2012 - 11:47am PT
Let him know that ZM looks just like it has for years, and it will look just like that for years to come. I hear these massive granitic monoliths don't move anywhere quickly and it will be there, waiting for him when he is healed up and ready for some action!
lars johansen

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Sep 12, 2012 - 05:23pm PT
Be well Ian. Best to You.

lars
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Sep 13, 2012 - 12:12am PT
Bump.... Please .Read Audrey's post above^^^^


Audrey, thanks....got it...(-;



Ian, Hey... fellow -Northstater...You are in my thoughts and prayers.... sending healing vibes.....

Saludos Y Salud...

nita...
ec

climber
ca
Sep 13, 2012 - 02:30pm PT
Bump for a Climbing Brother!
rbolton

Social climber
The home for...
Sep 13, 2012 - 03:28pm PT
Ian,

PM me and I'll give you Ed's contact info.

Bob Bolton
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Sep 13, 2012 - 11:39pm PT
one more bump!
ec

climber
ca
Sep 14, 2012 - 07:51pm PT
Bump for a Climbing Brother!
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Sep 18, 2012 - 01:43pm PT
Another bump for Ian...in the hospital again with more pneumonia complications...
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Sep 18, 2012 - 01:53pm PT
Also repeating the link to his fundraiser for those of you who can help! fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Sep 19, 2012 - 12:07am PT
Audry, thanks- for the update....

Hoping and Praying... for better news...


Audry's fundraiser info...

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd

dang, i can't get the link to highlight. Try pasting it into your browser.



climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Sep 19, 2012 - 12:35am PT
Good luck , Very serious stuff.

Prayers
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Sep 27, 2012 - 09:13am PT
It has been two weeks since my last update. Asking you all to pray to whatever God or power you worship or believe in, for healing and peace for Ian/Charlie and his family. Ian is still in the hospital (after a short two days at home) and has been on life support for 10 days now for lung and heart complications brought on by the pneumonia and also on dialysis for the one good kidney which has failed due to these complications. There have been small improvements and he is fighting with all he has!! They are not dealing with the cancer right now, just trying to get him well enough to get off the respirator and sedation and have a little more time with him.

There have been so many of you who have responded to the FundRazr and/or with messages of healing and inspiration.... his family thanks you from the bottom of their hearts. He's one helluva guy and one helluva fighter. Perhaps our collective healing energies can pull him through, I know he can feel us all.

You are one fantastic community, thanks to you all.

Here's a link to the FundRazr again:
https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd
10b4me

Ice climber
dingy room at the Happy boulders hotel
Sep 27, 2012 - 11:35am PT
Thanks for the update. Hoping for the best
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Sep 27, 2012 - 11:40am PT
All the best to Ian and his family.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Sep 27, 2012 - 03:27pm PT
Ditto ^^^^

Best wishes Ian, and fight brother, fight. I lost my closest brother to the Big C on May 18, my sister last year to breast cancer.

Ian, I am pulling for you bro' and sending out the best possible vibes I can.
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Sep 28, 2012 - 08:00pm PT
another bump!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Sep 28, 2012 - 08:03pm PT
Thinking of Ian, his family and close friends.
Gene

climber
Sep 28, 2012 - 08:05pm PT
Here's a pic Ian posted a while back.
Credit: Ian Gill

Thinking about you, my unmet brother.

gene
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Sep 29, 2012 - 07:00pm PT
Repeat for bump:

It has been two weeks since my last update. Asking you all to pray to whatever God or power you worship or believe in, for healing and peace for Ian/Charlie and his family. Ian is still in the hospital (after a short two days at home) and has been on life support for 12 days now for lung and heart complications brought on by the pneumonia and also on dialysis for the one good kidney which has failed due to these complications. There have been small improvements and he is fighting with all he has!! They are not dealing with the cancer right now, just trying to get him well enough to get off the respirator and sedation and have a little more time with him.

There have been so many of you who have responded to the FundRazr and/or with messages of healing and inspiration.... his family thanks you from the bottom of their hearts. He's one helluva guy and one helluva fighter. Perhaps our collective healing energies can pull him through, I know he can feel us all.

You are one fantastic community, thanks to you all.

Here's a link to the FundRazr again:
https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd
ec

climber
ca
Sep 29, 2012 - 09:06pm PT
Ian on da left...Heart Ledge Party, El Cap, 1979. Ian, ec, ed sampson,...
Ian on da left...Heart Ledge Party, El Cap, 1979. Ian, ec, ed sampson, dave ohst
Credit: Richard Leversee, ecjoe collection

This pic was mounted with varnish onto a piece of plywood that gives the pic the 'rustic' coloring. From left to right: Ian (Charlie) Gill, ec, Ed Samson, David Ohst. Ian and Richard Leversee ascended some fixed ropes up to Heart Ledges; hauling up all our provisions for our climb of the Salathe Wall, plus a case of beer and other goodies. We climbed the lower half of the route and they met us there. This eliminated a lot of work (and an extra day) on our part by them being 'porters.'

 ec
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Sep 29, 2012 - 09:27pm PT
Positive vibes being sent over from the eastside. Stay strong brother.
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Sep 30, 2012 - 09:37am PT
now here is an interesting and encouraging update on Ian posted on Facebook last night by his wife after Ian had been awake, coherent and responsive all day (couldn't talk though due to the breathing tube, and too weak to write):

OK folks, ready for a another, if not bizarre, Charlie Gill update? Charlie must have decided that he did not need the ventilator....he pulled it out on his own. Normally, that would have been an emergency, however..Charlie began breathing on his own, talking, etc. Trevor and I thought we must be dreaming or something. So far, this is a good thing, but the next 24 hours will tell if his lungs are well enough to sustain an airway, if he has the strength to breath on his own, etc. They said that it is not beyond the realm of possibility that he may have to be put back on the ventilator. But then he smiled and said..."I don't know about this guy though"! Please keep those prayers coming...cuz it sure looks like they are working. Trevor Gill is staying at the hospital with his dad tonight, dad wanted him there. Whatta kid, I tell ya!!

What a testament to that fighting spirit of his! I do not know if he was able to sustain his own breathing through the night, but this is very encouraging...Keep those positive healing vibes coming!
Johnny K.

climber
Sep 30, 2012 - 09:42am PT
Amazing spirit he has.Prayers and best wishes <3

Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Sep 30, 2012 - 06:41pm PT
Sounds like Charlie's good and stubborn(wall climbers usually are).That's a very positive attribute at this stage.Stay stubborn Charlie! Positive vibes still bein' sent yer direction brother.
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Oct 5, 2012 - 12:18pm PT
bump with update. after almost 3 weeks, Ian is moving out of ICU today. pretty incredible. he still has a rough road ahead but this is really good news. and truly, a miracle.
on behalf of his family, many thanks again to all of you for your continued support!
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Oct 5, 2012 - 04:25pm PT
Thanks for the update.

A few more "miracles" would be nice.

wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
Oct 5, 2012 - 04:46pm PT
Big healing thoughts being sent to Ian.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Oct 5, 2012 - 05:57pm PT
That is great news. Good to know he is getting better. Best wishes to Ian and your family in this tough time.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Oct 5, 2012 - 05:58pm PT
That is great news....always the long road but it starts with one step...and all that. But it's true!


Healing thoughts and prayers


Susan
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Oct 5, 2012 - 11:18pm PT
I'm very excited to read these updates!
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Oct 12, 2012 - 11:47pm PT
Here is the link to the fundraiser for Ian Gill again. His wife Michelle is taking a leave of absence from work to be with Charlie at the hospital, where he has been for over a month. Your help is needed now more than ever, as are your prayers! Your support is so appreciated!!

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Nov 12, 2012 - 10:51am PT
After such a brave battle overcoming tremendous odds for the past 2 months in the hospital, Ian is now resting at home with hospice care and the care of his loving wife and son. He does not have much time left in this world. Please say a prayer for him to ease him onto that next ledge, and know the next time you are on a wall he'll be watching over you from that great port-a-ledge in the sky.

Thanks to so many of you who have given him your love, support and inspiration. I believe he has inspired you as well. He will be missed. Even three days ago he told us he thought he might be able to climb again. You will Ian, you will.
10b4me

Boulder climber
member since 2002
Nov 12, 2012 - 10:55am PT
Here is hoping he can pull it off
locker

Social climber
Nov 12, 2012 - 10:58am PT



Such a tough thing to read...


My sincerest best wishes to ALL concerned!!!...
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Nov 12, 2012 - 11:06am PT
I had been considering bumping this and asking but kinda dreaded finding out too.

Glad you are home with family.

We all will follow someday and that is a fact, but it seems you get the lead on this pitch.

The tribe is here just call on us if we can help and I know we will be there.



Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Nov 12, 2012 - 11:09am PT
that picture is perfect, that has certainly been Ian all the way! thanks
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 12, 2012 - 11:10am PT
I am heart broken.



Susan
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Nov 12, 2012 - 11:23am PT
He called me the other day, he sounded great and we were right back to giving each other sh#t and talking about climbing, he sounded great. I'm shocked to hear this news. I'm going to be pretty bummed to be up on El Cap and know he's not there.
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Nov 12, 2012 - 11:47am PT
He respected and admired you so much Mark, and spoke much of you over the last year. I made the trip from Wyoming to see him last week, he was home and although weak, seemed to be doing well and making progress, and was the same old Ian we know! This has come as kind of a shock to everyone, we really thought he had at the very least several months left (and knowing him maybe more!) But he's not in any pain and that is a huge blessing. I'll keep you posted.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Nov 12, 2012 - 11:58am PT
My thoughts and prayers go out to Ian and his loved ones. Wishing you all the best.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Nov 12, 2012 - 12:15pm PT
Just to give you an idea of Charlie's attitude, he has his brand new ledge and all sorts of gear hanging on a wall near his bed so he can see it and dream about the day when he was going to get back on El Cap. When we were talking I asked him to put a note up there on the gear so his wife would know who to give it to if he died. We laughed and he said he was thinking he'd give it to charity and I accused him of not being that good of a friend and we laughed and laughed and called each other names and laughed some more. We even worked out a training regime that he could follow to get back to climbing and up on El Cap. We talked about how someone was going to make a movie of his life and about who was going to play him and me.
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Nov 12, 2012 - 12:21pm PT

Ian, Michelle & T. Gill,

Sending Love and Prayers your way..


Peace and Love..
Nita ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6Y1JBddZy8&feature=related
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 12, 2012 - 12:26pm PT
Oh, Mark. . . you will NEVER know what an inspiration you were to Ian!

We yammered, at length, about walls and soloing and life in general - and there wasn't a day that went by without him attributing some kind of enlightenment or hilarity to you. You were a very, very good thing for him!

BigSkyMagic to Ian, family and friends.

oxoxoxo

Kath
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Nov 12, 2012 - 12:28pm PT
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 12, 2012 - 12:45pm PT
Jefe knows!

TFPU!

oxoxoxoxoxoxo
cowpoke

climber
Nov 12, 2012 - 02:56pm PT
I don't know Ian, but I sure wish I did. And, seeing all of you reaching out to him, is amazing. Makes me wish I knew each of you.

Wishes of peace to Ian and his loved ones. climbski2, said it beautifully:
We all will follow someday and that is a fact, but it seems you get the lead on this pitch.
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Nov 12, 2012 - 03:05pm PT
Ian,

Count me in as one of the "Well Wishers"...

Please focus on what is most important to you.

Remain positive.

Cheers
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Nov 12, 2012 - 03:24pm PT
Even three days ago he told us he thought he might be able to climb again. You will Ian, you will.

Beautifully said, Audrey...

~peace to all
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 12, 2012 - 04:22pm PT
Climbers Rise Above Cancer. Even when we feel like we fail to red-point, let alone on-site, we WILL try again. That is the difference between a soul who collapses and a soul who soars.


Disaster Master Paul shared this with me when we were both going through chemo. Clearly, Ian, is a soul that soars.

Susan
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Nov 12, 2012 - 05:58pm PT
it is unfortunate he cannot do any more chemo because of the toll it took on his immune system and the resulting complications this time around, but he will indeed continue to SOAR, just in a different dimension...
micronut

Trad climber
Nov 12, 2012 - 06:18pm PT
I've never met Charlie, but I know some of the guys on this thread who know him and my heart breaks to hear of the struggle he's going through. It seems as if he has a great crew on this journey and I hope he sails boldy and bravely along the route that is ahead of him. May he have many more days of reflection, laughter and hope in the days weeks and hopefully years ahead. Never stop holding out for miracles. They happen. May God grant him and all those around him strength in the coming days.

-Scott
Credit: micronut




Silver

Ice climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 12:19am PT
I have not the words for the sadness I feel. Dream big and live everyday people like its your last.

m_jones

Trad climber
Carson City, NV
Nov 13, 2012 - 12:29am PT
Sending good thoughts your way Ian.

Credit: m_jones
Silver

Ice climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 10:01pm PT
Page three my ass everyone send Ian a pm and wish him well

People fighting over bs on political threads bully threads and what not
And our man Ian here needs our love and encouragement now not tomorrow NOW

Thoughts n prayers Ian I'm pulling for you and your family.
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 13, 2012 - 10:27pm PT
You're right, Silver.

You are in my thoughts, Ian/Charlie and family.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 13, 2012 - 10:29pm PT
Sending, sending vibes Ian!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 13, 2012 - 10:32pm PT
A brave heart, where ever your journey takes you, we are there with you.


Susan
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Nov 13, 2012 - 11:03pm PT
Bumping for Spirit..Thoughts and prayers your way Ian...
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Nov 13, 2012 - 11:12pm PT
Prayers and best wishes are great but don't forget to click on Audrey's link above and do the right thing. When a family loses the bacon bringer it compounds the heavyness of a life in transition. Give even a little if you're broke. What goes around comes around.

Never met Ian (charlie) and his family but now know they are great peeps. One of the best threads in a long time. Help a brother's family in any way you can.

Ian's hopes and dreams are part of the collective good that trancends the more than occasional bs that can dominate the front page of ST.

Don't know what else I can say but let the Gill's know you care in a tangible way.

Just another pilgrim on this road,

Andy T
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Nov 13, 2012 - 11:33pm PT

Ian, We are still here with you..sending love.
and..
Some music from your archives..


Allman Brothers.. Soulshine.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDIQ7Otf1mw&feature=list_other&playnext=1&list=AL94UKMTqg-9CAXOE_3wX1znQBm6XhaO0J

Allman Brothers.. Dreams,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBo_POKv21w

Jimmy..Power of Love.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4US_On-YORw

Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Nov 13, 2012 - 11:35pm PT
so nicely said Andy and thank you. I wish Ian could read all these messages, and see the photos and videos that have been posted - you are an amazing community and meant so much to him, and I know he can feel all of it as he said he could when he was on life support. When his wife gets a chance to read these I know she will be deeply touched.

here is the fundraiser link again. Ian's wife took a leave of absence from her job several weeks ago to take care of him, so every little bit helps.

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd

God speed...I hope his dream will continue to live on through all of you.
Silver

Ice climber
Nov 14, 2012 - 12:06am PT
Audrey you made me cry. Charlie I will bump you for eternity you will not be forgotten here I promise you that.

Get out and live tomorrow take that day off help that person you wanted to help. Go give your loved ones a hug, call your mom or,dad siblings tell em you love them.
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Nov 14, 2012 - 12:41am PT
Sorry to hear that this progressed so quickly. I hope Ian is still dreaming about El Cap.
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Nov 14, 2012 - 02:26am PT
Sending good vibes and reposting the fundraiser URL in clickable form to make it easy

http://tinyurl.com/bbgyt54

leads to

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd

Bless

Karl

Fletcher

Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Nov 14, 2012 - 02:37am PT
Peace and prayers going out to you Charlie. You have a very strong spirit.... inspiring.

Eric
splitter

Trad climber
Cali Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Nov 14, 2012 - 03:08am PT
You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers, Charlie!
Silver

Ice climber
Nov 14, 2012 - 08:10am PT


Ian Gill

Big Wall climber
Redding, CA

Topic Author's Reply - Jun 26, 2012 - 10:05am PT

Many thanks to ALL the comments here! It is truly powerful magic!

We are all a special breed, and I am proud to be one of you!

Keep,Charlie in your thoughts today he loves us and we need to keep letting him know we are here for him.
Miracles , magic and dreaming for you Charlie. I
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 14, 2012 - 08:15am PT
Another beautiful day dawning Ian.
Savor ing it as it unfolds....
Silver

Ice climber
Nov 14, 2012 - 08:15am PT


Ian Gill

Big Wall climber
Redding, CA

Topic Author's Reply - Jun 24, 2012 - 06:20pm PT

High Desert, your words make my resolve even stronger.
Silver

Ice climber
Nov 14, 2012 - 08:19am PT
I finally had to make the call. Hudon assured me that if things went medically wrong, and I had to bail from say, 1,000 feet up ZM, that it would be a major ordeal. Seriously, it hurts more to know that I possibly may not climb a wall again (I'll be 54 this year) than it does to know I have cancer again. Sound crazy? Well, its the truth! I don't know what lies ahead now, I just know I have to find a way to beat it any way I can.

I will never forget all the support, well wishes, and people willing to give of themselves just to make my dream come true. That memory will live with me while fighting this f**ked up disease one more time. I know it's going to be a rough ride this time. Thank you all again, SO many times! And Hudon, Ekat, and Gagner? Extra thanks, you are all class acts!

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen.



Silver

Ice climber
Nov 14, 2012 - 08:25am PT
Credit: Ian Gill

On another thread Charlie says this is one of his all time favorite shots. He took it on Mescalito,with Barbella in 1980.

Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Nov 14, 2012 - 08:53am PT
Bump for a lovely man and his family...
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Nov 14, 2012 - 09:19am PT
Thinking of Ian, his family and friends.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 14, 2012 - 09:29am PT
For all our lives, we throw our best efforts at these stones in search of meaning or redemption, when in reality, it is here, on the flat plane, where our deepest of needs are met....when we are surrounded by those who simply love us....and we them.

I pity those who have never experienced the high and wild, but so much more those who have never known the joy of being loved to the fullest, right to our last day.

Ian....my prayers are for you and yours.

Peace,
DR
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Nov 14, 2012 - 10:44am PT
Ian, best wishes for you and yours, and loads of good thoughts going out your way.
Silver

Ice climber
Nov 14, 2012 - 10:45am PT
Bump
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 14, 2012 - 10:51am PT
"....out of the darkness...and into that wonderful light...."




photo not found
Missing photo ID#273754
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Nov 14, 2012 - 11:39am PT
Bump
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 14, 2012 - 11:57am PT
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
― Theodore Roosevelt


Roosevelt was talking about people like Charlie.....who know what it is to soar.
Silver

Ice climber
Nov 14, 2012 - 01:17pm PT
Not seeing anything above this thread more important than
keeping the positive vibes headed Charlie's way.

Bump.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Nov 14, 2012 - 01:18pm PT
we all strive for some fashion of a legacy- if we know it or not. Climbers are that way in large part. Charlie is such a legacy in climbing. One acquires good friends through good deeds and that is truly the mark and measure of a legacy-that will stand to eternity in the hearts and minds of the MANY.

Charlies eyes have been gifted in the vertical world, and that world has been gifted by Charlies presence. SALUTE to you sir.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 14, 2012 - 01:32pm PT
Emerson stated, "The First wealth is health."

No statement could ever be so true.

Guard your health, friends, and never take it for granted. It is a pearl of great price.

Praying for you, Charlie....
Barbarian

Trad climber
New and Bionic too!
Nov 14, 2012 - 02:41pm PT
Prayers and good Karma going out to Charlie, his family and friends. Peace to you.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Nov 14, 2012 - 03:04pm PT
the friends of my friends are my friends. Bumpin for Charlie.
Silver

Ice climber
Nov 14, 2012 - 04:09pm PT
Back to the top to close to the bottom
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 14, 2012 - 05:46pm PT
That was close.....almost off the first page.

BUMP
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 14, 2012 - 05:48pm PT
Greatly saddened by this news, and my best wishes to Ian, his family and friends.
froodish

Social climber
Portland, Oregon
Nov 14, 2012 - 05:52pm PT
Ian,

We've never met, but I wanted to send my wishes of peace to you and your friends and family. I lost my mom to cancer earlier this year and know how difficult that can be.

This quote from Kubrick has always been comforting to me...

"The most terrifying fact of the universe is not that it is hostile
but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this
indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of
death — however mutable man may be able to make them — our existence as
a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the
darkness, we must supply our own light."
--Stanley Kubrick

Judging from the responses to this and the earlier threads, I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that you've created a lot of light.

Godspeed,

-Steve
Silver

Ice climber
Nov 14, 2012 - 05:59pm PT
Way to go people rain down positive love and caring on Charlie and his family.
They need us now more than ever to keep believing and keep praying for Charlie and his family.

Steve that was powerful and I feel your loss as most of have either know or have lost loved ones to cancer. I miss my grandma and se friends who have been lost.

Peace
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 14, 2012 - 06:14pm PT
froodish. . . Beautiful!

Thank you.

I hope Ian's wife is reading this thread to him.

ox
Silver

Ice climber
Nov 14, 2012 - 06:19pm PT
Ekat

Me too me too. I don't know Charlie but it crushes me to know he is dying and not topping out on the big rock right now. Dreams are hard to give up even when they are not your dream sometimes. Charlie and I share that dream of going back and enjoying another trip up the big one.

I hope your ok Kat I know you are friends. I'm thinking of you as we'll.
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Nov 14, 2012 - 07:03pm PT
you are all incredible, i have tears in my eyes for not the first time. i have told Ian's wife about all the comments here...i don't know if she's had a chance to read them herself or if Ian has the attention span to have them read to him...but i'm sure he knows they're here and the sentiment they convey. thanks to all. i am still holding out for a miracle.
Silver

Ice climber
Nov 14, 2012 - 07:58pm PT
We all are Audrey we all are holding out for a miracle, and I'm not going to let this tribe forget our brother who is fighting for his life whether we know him or not.

Big thoughts n prayers for,Charlie and his family.

Silver.
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 14, 2012 - 08:01pm PT
I hope your ok Kat I know you are friends. I'm thinking of you as we'll.

Thanks, Silver.

Ian is on my mind just about every minute, now.

I can only hope he's not in pain.

OXOXOXOXOXOXO

Kath
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Nov 14, 2012 - 09:24pm PT
Still sending.. good vibes, Hope and Love.. reposting the fundraiser URL in clickable form to make it easy.

http://tinyurl.com/bbgyt54

leads to... argg...can't get it to highlight.
https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd

Saludos.
nita.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 14, 2012 - 09:32pm PT
Vibes
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Nov 14, 2012 - 09:33pm PT
All of the sentiments shared here are amazing... Thank you to all willing to let their "guard" down....

Kath, Ian's family, and the many many friends who have been able to experience the beauty of this wonderful man first hand... much respect to you, for so many many reasons. This thread restores my faith in the amazing folks here on the Taco, and this thread deserves, and than some, to be at the top... now... and always.

~peace, positive energy, and the reminder to live IN THE MOMENT, and with kindness.
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Nov 14, 2012 - 09:35pm PT
bump

Edit: Jaybro, you got it right... "Vibes".
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Nov 14, 2012 - 09:52pm PT


labrat

Trad climber
Nevada City, CA
Nov 14, 2012 - 09:56pm PT
Good thoughts going your way Ian.
Erik
fear

Ice climber
hartford, ct
Nov 14, 2012 - 10:02pm PT
I don't know you Ian... but I'll still carry your stuff down off of El Cap. Anytime. Godspeed...
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 14, 2012 - 10:19pm PT
Thanks Nita for the quick link...it's almost at the goal, but that will only scratch the surface considering all the care he's had and will need. It should be easy to meet the goal and then add on to it.

It's a really straight forward process to give....



Susan


edit
http://tinyurl.com/bbgyt54
Abissi

Trad climber
MI
Nov 14, 2012 - 11:05pm PT
Ian, I have had the same feelings as the past year I broke my neck and back in a fall. I'm in severe pain and people don't understand since I don't have any visible signs of anything wrong with me. Prior to this I had announced to people that I was beginning training to do the Eiger. Most everyday now someone asks me how my training is going. Since I own a climbing gym I feel embarrassed to say that everyday and sometimes several times. Next comes the big question - "Well then, when do you expect to go?"
I have not been allowed to try to climb and everyday I walk into the gym and get a knot in my stomach. I've been climbing now for 45 years (I'm 54 years old) and climbing has been my whole life since the age of 10.
I am still hopeful to climb again. I'm having a tough time finding a surgeon around my city that I can trust to keep from screwing things worse.
You keep fighting as I am also. We both have just one real problem - We can't do what ware genetically made to do. - Climb
The Bible says that after Jesus returns from Heaven with a shout we who are dead will be raised. After this happens lets you and I find the time to climb something together.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 14, 2012 - 11:29pm PT
Dreary...

Slime...

but, and we mean it, guys and gals, when you suffer, POST!!!!!! For there is no alone-ism allowed on the Taco. ON BELAAY!
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Nov 15, 2012 - 12:04am PT
bump for Ian Gill
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Nov 15, 2012 - 02:10am PT
The Vigil continues. Prayers
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 15, 2012 - 02:46am PT
I mean it. The vigil we keep with you is yours, it's for you.
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Nov 15, 2012 - 08:41am PT
Last night Ian's wife Michelle spent quite a while reading the super-topo thread to Ian/Charlie. She could tell at times that he knew what she was talking about. She said he smiled and nodded a few times and it looked like it make him happy. Thank you all.
Silver

Ice climber
Nov 15, 2012 - 08:47am PT
Right on !

We will keep Charlie on top again today thinking of his family and of course our brother who needs our love more than ever.

Fight Charlie never give up the route you are on is harder than ZM it's a route called life and that mo fo is A10 and run out.

You win no matter what remember that.

Thoughts n prayers

Silver
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 15, 2012 - 09:48am PT
hey there say....


i am late here... just wanted to add my prayers and let you
know, with the others, that you are thought and cared about...

may god's love show up in special ways at this hard time and
be a strong anchor, moving you through, and may love
be the balm to help the pain...


god bless... we are all here for you...
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Nov 15, 2012 - 09:50am PT
may god's love show up in special ways at this hard time and
be a strong anchor, moving you through, and may love
be the balm to help the pain...


god bless... we are all here for you...

Beautiful, neebee, just beautiful.



~blessings and healing, positive vibes from the desert to the Gill family
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 15, 2012 - 10:13am PT
Yet another spetacular dawn of another day.
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 15, 2012 - 10:18am PT
Speaking of which. . .

photo not found
Missing photo ID#272761

BigSkyBeauty to Ian and his family!

ox
Gene

climber
Nov 15, 2012 - 10:20am PT
Dawn was beautiful here this morning. Absolutely stunning.

Travel in peace each and every one of the Tribe.

Blessings,
g
splitter

Trad climber
Cali Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Nov 15, 2012 - 10:21am PT
be the balm to help the pain...
Amen!

"Beautiful, neebee, just beautiful." ... indeed!

And, may 'a peace that surpasses all understanding' guard, guide and deliver you through these difficult times, bro!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 15, 2012 - 11:05am PT
From one dream to the next, Charlie....keep chasing them.....

photo not found
Missing photo ID#273915
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 15, 2012 - 11:18am PT
Early Dawn, Campbell River, BC

Breaking dawn over April Point, Campbell River, BC
Breaking dawn over April Point, Campbell River, BC
Credit: SCseagoat



Susan
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Nov 15, 2012 - 11:32am PT
Ian, Wishing you a peaceful day...
From your neighbor..south of you.
Across the street in Bidwell park.
Across the street in Bidwell park.
Credit: nita
Saludos
nita.
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Nov 15, 2012 - 12:20pm PT
Peace and Positivity ...

Gatespass <br/>
Tucson AZ <br/>
Summer 2012
Gatespass
Tucson AZ
Summer 2012
Credit: Leggs

~leggs

Edit: The photos shared on this thread are stunning and inspirational... Good vibes.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 15, 2012 - 12:46pm PT
"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours."

Henry David Thoreau


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Missing photo ID#229687
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Nov 15, 2012 - 02:39pm PT
“For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one. In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond; And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring. Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.”

~Kahlil Gibran

Gatespass <br/>
 <br/>
Tucson, AZ
Gatespass

Tucson, AZ
Credit: Leggs
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Nov 15, 2012 - 04:34pm PT
Keeping this at the top...
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Nov 15, 2012 - 05:29pm PT
That is beautiful Leggs, thank you. And so appropriately timed.

"And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.”

Then he is truly dancing now...on some big wall up there somewhere...and some of his last memories are all your messages being read to him. I cannot tell you how meaningful I'm sure that was. And I'm sorry to have to share this sad news.

I know I speak for his whole family when I say thank you for all your support here over the recent months and days. And to so many of you who had never even met him who donated to their fundraiser, heartfelt appreciation.

For anyone wishing to send cards to his family:

The Gills
469 Tourmaline Way
Redding, CA 96003

and here is the link to the fundraiser again (I don't know how to do it in clickable form, I'm sorry!)
https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd

Keep following your dreams, and continue to take good care of each other!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 15, 2012 - 05:37pm PT
Oh noooo...just came back from a bike ride, never ever wanted to see this.



"Be now forever taken from my sight, though nothing can bring back the splendour in the grass, glory in the flower, we must grieve not, but rather find strength from what remains behind" Wordsworth.




Sad heart.


Susan
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 15, 2012 - 05:49pm PT
Rest in peace, rock warrior.....you are set free.

Prayers and condolences to Charlie's family and friends.....

Peace,
Dean Rosnau


photo not found
Missing photo ID#236384
graniteclimber

Trad climber
The Illuminati -- S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Division
Nov 15, 2012 - 05:56pm PT
Condolences to the family and friends.

Here is the link in clickable form:

http://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd
Footloose

Trad climber
Lake Tahoe
Nov 15, 2012 - 05:56pm PT
Indeed, very sad.

Ian, your fighting spirit was evident in all your postings.

Condolences to family and friends.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Nov 15, 2012 - 06:02pm PT
Stairway to Heaven



Silver

Ice climber
Nov 15, 2012 - 06:02pm PT
Charlie you made the summit.

My thoughts n prayers are with you and your family.

Thanks to so many here who kept the love going Charlie's way and to his family.
You are some special peeps.

We will honor our fallen brother as long as I am here on ST every year.

He inspired me as I'm sure he did others here.

EKat big hugs to you I cry with you.



Peace


dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Nov 15, 2012 - 06:04pm PT
So sorry to see this. Never knew Ian except through here but he obviously had a very positive influence on many people. His legacy will live through great memories I'm sure. Condolences to friends and family.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Nov 15, 2012 - 06:04pm PT
damm...
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Nov 15, 2012 - 06:14pm PT
I climbed my last El cap route about 26 years ago. Since that time. there's been some key negatives in my life, mainly, alcoholism and cancer. But I can say this with 100% certainty - since that last climb, even in my darkest hours, not one single day in my life has gone by where I haven't envisioned myself back on the big stone. Often, when I couldn't sleep, just picturing myself pasting a head or lounging in a portaledge would be enough to calm my mind down and get me to sleep.
So almost a year ago (and I'm 53 now), I started planning out my comeback to the vertical world - I had finally beaten alcohol (so far, and one day at a time), and in November (last year), I would be declared "cancer free". So this was going to be my gift from me to me - going back to what I loved the most.
I trained like a madman, and slowly but surely, built up a modern wall rack (my first El Cap route was before camming devices were available). I set my sights on ZM, and this was to be a solo - something I had never done. Mark Hudon literally taught me how to solo correctly and efficiently through many emails, complete with videos and photos, and chats on the phone - the man is SUCH a wealth of knowledge!
Fast forward to 3 weeks ago - I was sober still and had been declared "cancer free" last November. Life was good! Then I had a routine blood test for an unrelated issue. As soon as my oncologist got a copy of the test, he IMMEDIATELY ordered a CT scan. 2 days later, I'm in his office and get a brick in the face - cancer was BACK - in a big way. So they order the PET scan. Not only do I have cancer in the lung, liver, 2 lymph node masses, and possibly the spine, I've also got a failing kidney, which they need to put a stent in to restore its function.
Alright, so I've got cancer -I beat it once, and I'll do it again. But this is pretty bad timing, seeing as I'm supposed to leave for the ditch in 10 days from today. But the kidney thing is my worst enemy right now. It throws off your electrolyte and enzyme balance, and hinders red blood cell formation, causing anemia, which in turn causes fatigue, shortness of breath, increased hear rate, etc. So THAT'S why I couldn't finish a 27 mile bike ride 3 night ago - something that is so EASY for me
So it's the 11th hour now, and I'm pretty crushed. With big time cancer treatment coming up, I know this is probably the only chance I'm gonna get to live out my dream. I was hoping to keep climbing until I was too old to do it, but that's over with now.
My gut is telling me - "Don't be light, just go!" And I feel like I CAN climb - I just can't carry the bags up to the base or off the top, and am having a hell of a time trying to find a summit team.
Stage 4 cancer with a failing kidney, and I still want to solo El Cap - people who aren't climbers think I'm absolutely nuts!
I meet with the doctors on Thursday - they've already told me to go, but they don't know how much this kidney thing is affecting me. But I HAVE to do it!! I've worked too hard for this, only to get bitch-slapped by cancer again!
Whatever happens, SOOO much thanks to Hudon, and to Ekat and GAGner for keeping the stoke alive!!! Oh yeah... and F**K cancer!


Ian


Ian Gill

You don't even have to be religious, but just believe that there is something on this earth that is more powerful to yourself. For instance, man could never build Half Dome or create the Sierras. And that is good enough for me - to know that there is a power greater than man. TRY praying to that power and turn your problems over to it - take the weight off your shoulders, relax, take it all in, and regain that sense of self Learn to love yourself, and you'll realize what a tragic waste it would be to just do away with yourself. Life can be great again - persevere and believe in it.


Ian Gill


Capt Kirk talks about "hugging the mountain". Gee I feel all warm and fuzzy.

But "highly illogical"! Beam me up Scotty, I've done boogied myself out!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 15, 2012 - 06:40pm PT
"Oh yeah... and F**K cancer!"





Yep.
Gene

climber
Nov 15, 2012 - 06:56pm PT
Sad. But............

Ian/Charlie and Paul/Disaster Master are kicking it together now. To be a fly on that big wall.

g
locker

Social climber
Nov 15, 2012 - 06:58pm PT


My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Ian Gill...

nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Nov 15, 2012 - 07:07pm PT
I am so sorry to see this news...
Sending Heartfelt condolences out to ...Michelle, Trevor, Audrey, and Ian's friends and family.

Turtleback webcam  today..11-15-2012..The last rays of  daylight light...
Turtleback webcam today..11-15-2012..The last rays of daylight light up the Captain.
Credit: nita

Rest easy..
Saludos..
nita.


Strength in numbers.." One winter night.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvX4bqQsbjY
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Nov 15, 2012 - 07:36pm PT
Goodbye, Ian.
splitter

Trad climber
Cali Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Nov 15, 2012 - 07:41pm PT
Thank you for letting us get to know you, and for sharing your hopes and dreams with us, Ian! RIP, Bro!!
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 15, 2012 - 07:53pm PT
Ain't it rotten for the world!

:-(
froodish

Social climber
Portland, Oregon
Nov 15, 2012 - 07:56pm PT
I'm saddened to hear the news. R.I.P. Ian. My sympathies to Ian's friends and family. Take care of yourselves now.
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Nov 15, 2012 - 07:59pm PT
"When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight."

~Kahlil Gibran

Sincere condolences to all who loved Ian/Charlie... those who actively supported his endeavors and all those impacted by such a brave, wonderful, strong survivor and soul.

As Audrey stated earlier,
Keep following your dreams, and continue to take good care of each other!

~peace... we are all under the same moon and stars...

The Full Moon in the Desert.... Spring, 2012
The Full Moon in the Desert.... Spring, 2012
Credit: Leggs
Credit: Leggs
March 2010
March 2010
Credit: Leggs

*Kath* I love you.

SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 15, 2012 - 08:48pm PT
Turning the prayer wheels at Land of Medicine Buddha for Ian tomorrow.

Safe travels,

Land of Medicine Buddha
Land of Medicine Buddha
Credit: SCseagoat



Susan


Dean, yup.



drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Nov 15, 2012 - 08:55pm PT


My condolences.
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 15, 2012 - 09:10pm PT
Thank you, dear sweet Leggs and Silver.

Gagner

climber
Boulder
Nov 15, 2012 - 09:19pm PT
Super sad. Take care my friend....

As I may have said elsewhere, I met Ian around 78/79 in the valley - we were living the dream. I hadn't though seen or heard from him since around the early 80's, until last year. He had posted the classic picture of my long time partner Barbella doing pull-ups off his port-a-ledge on Mescalito. I saw the name Ian, and wondered if it was the same Ian from so long ago, so I connected with him via SuperTopo, and sure enough it was him. We chatted a lot since that time, reminiscing about the ditch, and making plans for the future. I really wish he had been able to make that last climb up ZM ... but it wasn't meant to be and now he is flying high.

I love you Ian - and I'll miss you...

Paul
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 15, 2012 - 09:22pm PT
You are a wonderful friend, GAGner!

oxoxo
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Nov 15, 2012 - 09:24pm PT



And i wished for so long, cannot stay
All the precious moments, cannot stay
It's not like wings have fallen, cannot stay
But still something's missing, i cannot say yeah

Holding hands are daughters and sons
And their faiths are falling down down down down

I have wished for so long
How i wish for you today

Will i walk the long road (the long road)
Cannot stay (the long road)
There's no need to say goodbye say goodbye

All the friends and family
All the memories going round round round

I have wished for so long
How i wish for you today

And the wind keeps roarin'
And the sky keeps turning grey
And the sun is setting
The sun will rise another day

I have wished for so long
How i wish for you today
I have wished for so long
How i wish for you today

Will i walk the long road
We all walk the long road
Will i walk the long road
We all walk the long road
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 15, 2012 - 09:37pm PT
hey there say, all... oh no... :(

i am so sorry and sad to hear this...

i will take this from nita, as she knows all the names:

I am so sorry to see this news...
Sending Heartfelt condolences out to ...Michelle, Trevor, Audrey, and Ian's friends and family


my that balm-love still work, but this time for the those left behind...
may time, as well, turn the pain of loss, into precious memories that hug, instead of hurt... :(


a sad night, hearing this... must turn it to do something good, or at least try:
will surely pray, and may something good be there for you, as you take care of his resting place, and gather with family...

god blesss, and again, my condolences to you all...
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Nov 15, 2012 - 10:07pm PT
Condolences to family and friends of Ian.

I have the sadness of not knowing him, but I appreciated his posts on his desire, then the frustration of not being able to climb his last chosen route.

Best Wishes to all.
Silver

Ice climber
Nov 15, 2012 - 10:24pm PT
Paul Gagner thanks for that history on your friendship with Ian and I'm sorry for your loss as well.

Just a thought but perhaps when you and Jeremy are out on a tower putting up an FA you name it after yer friend.

Just really thinking about this tonight. Really see how important it is to get after life every day and not take for granted you'll get another day or chance or opportunity to do or say something. Seize it folks and tell the ones you love that you love them just don't think they know it you have to tell them.

Goodnight and may Ian's family find some peace tonight knowing the pain and suffering of this disease is over and he is free from a state of being none of us would ever want after living in the high and wild places we seek as climbers.


Michelle

Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Nov 15, 2012 - 10:32pm PT
Nonna's mirror
Nonna's mirror
Credit: Michelle

this is on the back of my Nonna's mirror. She was a tough, independant and beautiful Italian woman. sounds alot like our friend.





when god lets my body be

From each brave eye shall sprout a tree fruit that dangles therefrom

the purpled world will dance upon
Between my lips which did sing

a rose shall beget the spring
that maidens whom passion wastes

will lay between their little breasts
My strong fingers beneath the snow

Into strenuous birds shall go
my love walking in the grass

their wings will touch with her face
and all the while shall my heart be
With the bulge and nuzzle of the sea

e.e. cummings


I never like to say goodbye; see you later just seems more appropriate.


Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Nov 15, 2012 - 11:00pm PT
Ian,
You kept your dream alive in all of us.
I wish your family the peace and love that many of us have felt for you on this journey.
We're all just pilgrims on this road.
splitter

Trad climber
da'Raven / Cali Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Nov 15, 2012 - 11:05pm PT
We're all just pilgrims on this road.
SO TRUE! ...sigh!

I do hope we will all gather together again some day. But for now, my heart gently weeps!!
m_jones

Trad climber
Carson City, NV
Nov 16, 2012 - 12:38am PT
I am so sorry for your loss.


Credit: m_jones
Andrew Barnes

Ice climber
Albany, NY
Nov 16, 2012 - 02:35am PT
Rest in peace, bro.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Nov 16, 2012 - 09:56am PT
Ian and I started exchanging emails just about a year ago and it wasn't too long before we were insulting each others climbing ability and mothers (Jeremy style). He was going to solo ZM and I was planning to solo Lost in America. We joked about lobbing sh#t bags at each other and also swinging over and enjoying a non alcoholic beer (neither of us drank) together. He'd send me a web link of a water ballon launcher he had found and I'd tell about a dart gun I had found or the super duper Wrist Rocket I was going to get. We'd laugh and laugh and laugh.
Right now, I think Ian would enjoy it if we had a full on, typical ST, name calling, fake avatar commenting, rude private email sending "discussion" about who was going to get his gear or how we were going to divvie it up!

I claim his cams.
Silver

Gym climber
Nov 16, 2012 - 10:02am PT
Yeah well I'll take the collection of photos of your mom Ian has. ;)
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 16, 2012 - 10:24am PT
I'll bite.......Hudon, they don't make the top step high enough for guys like you!

:)
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Nov 16, 2012 - 10:32am PT
Cragman, if Ian had said that to me I'd have told him that he had better have his aiders reinforced since the regular ones wouldn't support his fat ass!
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Nov 16, 2012 - 10:51am PT
Carrying extra water to shoot at a tiny quick moving target like Hudon?? Definately BADASS
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 16, 2012 - 10:57am PT
Actually, climbski2...Ian would have used his pee bottle.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Nov 16, 2012 - 10:59am PT
Thoughts are with the family and the sadness Ians passing has brought. Cancer sucks so bad....Damnit.

climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Nov 16, 2012 - 11:09am PT
Actually, climbski2...Ian would have used his pee bottle.

I see I have much to learn still. Damn wall masters have it all figured out.
ec

climber
ca
Nov 16, 2012 - 11:20am PT
I had known Ian Gill through his partner BITD, Richard Leversee as we crossed paths in the Southern Sierra. We would frequently hang out at Leversee's parents summer home in Camp Nelson. I'm sure Leversee's parents had no clue of the goings-on of the very first (and only) climbers' haven in The Needles area; certainly at times a cross between Camp 4 & Animal House. Nonetheless, many an adventure had been launched out of that place, fostered by many a late-night 'enhanced' bullsh*t sessions. 'Truth was, we frequently turned that BS into reality. Ian had been a regular participant in what most people thought was madness. We looked back at those days as some of the best times of our lives.

Ian had a knack for laying monikers to his few and precious possessions. In particular, he drove 'The Mighty D,' a small Datsun pickup with a shell over the bed. On a late season trip to an obscure Kern crag, Leversee and I had discovered a small piece of rose quartz that resembled one hemisphere of a human brain (don't recall which side). In the area where we discovered this stone, the fallen oak leaves had gathered only in the tiny dry watercourse of the forest floor. Ian would frequently recite the 'tale' of our journey of finding this artifact, AND became the official keeper of 'The Brainstone' that was found by 'The Leafstream.' Ian would jokingly attempt to procure the 'ultimate climbing knowledge/power' from The Brainstone, only to 'bang' it against his head and find that, "It doesn't fit!?" Ian's levity had great entertainment value. I can still see Ian standing behind the Mighty D or on an El Cap attempt we did together doing his theatrics. The Mighty D years later, met an untimely demise with Ian at the wheel; Ian survived, however The Brainstone was thrown from the wreckage, never to be found.

On an obscure, but relevant note, Ian did the 2nd Ascent of The Romantic Warrior at The Needles BITD with Leversee prior to venturing to El Capitan.

Even though some people move on, lose touch and have to act like grown-ups, we are still bonded together from the experience forever.

 ec
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 16, 2012 - 11:23am PT
Great stuff, ec....thank you.
10b4me

Boulder climber
member since 2002
Nov 16, 2012 - 12:08pm PT
sorry to hear this. My condolences to his family
manzanita man

Social climber
somerset, ca.
Nov 16, 2012 - 12:28pm PT
so sorry. R.I.P.
RP3

Big Wall climber
El Portal/Chapel Hill
Nov 16, 2012 - 12:28pm PT
This thread is heart-wrenching. I am sorry for the loss.
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Nov 16, 2012 - 01:32pm PT
BUMP for fundraiser link. may need to copy and paste.

http://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd

Anything you can do to help Ian's family through this difficult loss is so greatly appreciated...a little goes a long way and no amount is too small.
Fletcher

Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Nov 16, 2012 - 01:35pm PT
Gosh, so sad to read this. When I read Audrey's post letting us know Ian had passed on, I was truly moved. There is a lot of love here. I think he went on his way in good style surrounded by many kind hearts.

Resquiat in Pacem.

Eric
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Nov 16, 2012 - 01:58pm PT
I Didnt know him, but knew of him. The friends of my friends are my friends, and it was good to see Charlies friends gather for him. Im glad his suffering is through- ive experienced cancer in my family and know very well the struggles. I feel a loss when those in my own age bracket fall - a piece of my generation gone into the history books. And the older we get the more of these situations we go through. Good on all of you.. And may Ian"s Spirit be where ever he so chooses.
m_jones

Trad climber
Carson City, NV
Nov 16, 2012 - 02:34pm PT
Just a thought - when the time is right.

Auction Ian's gear to raise money for his family.

That way, Ian, through his gear, will climb for a long long time.

SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 16, 2012 - 03:27pm PT
Turned the prayer wheels and banged the gongs and bells at Land of Medicine Buddha today. Very sad that the list of my remberances is getting longer from the Taco.

Safe travels, Ian, you have left behind a long trail of beautifully broken hearts.

The bells and gongs at LMB.  Today they rang and pealed through the So...
The bells and gongs at LMB. Today they rang and pealed through the Soquel Hills for a fallen climber.

Credit: SCseagoat

Susan
stevep

Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
Nov 16, 2012 - 04:09pm PT
RIP Ian. Have some fun climbing in the next world.
My condolences to all his friends and family.
As a survivor of colon cancer, this one is close to home. Another reminder for all of you out there who are over 45 to get checked.

--Steve
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Nov 16, 2012 - 04:17pm PT
I just spoke with Ian's wife Michelle and she said that at some point she will get on here to thank you all herself, but in the meantime she asked me to let you all know how much she and Ian appreciate all the love and support that has been shown here.

Ian had told her he really felt like you were his people, this is where he truly belonged. He was so inspired by all of you and she let him know you were all inspired by him as well. She spent his last night reading him your messages, and he smiled and laughed and was aware of all of it. She really wants you all to know this, and how much it means to her and meant to Ian, and thanks you deeply.



bergbryce

Mountain climber
California
Nov 16, 2012 - 06:51pm PT
Rest in Peace fellow climber.
shipoopoi

Big Wall climber
oakland
Nov 16, 2012 - 07:13pm PT
super sad to read this. my condolences to his family and friends. I'll remember this thread for a really long time, it's so hard to lose great people. steve schneider
goatboy smellz

climber
Nederland-GulfBreeze
Nov 16, 2012 - 07:40pm PT
God speed Ian, you'll get it next time around.
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Nov 16, 2012 - 07:47pm PT
Credit: nature

this one hurts....
Silver

Gym climber
Nov 17, 2012 - 11:31am PT
Bumping for Ian's family so they know I am still thinking of you and praying your days to come are better.

Gone but not forgotten peeps let them know where still here and if you can afford a buck or two throw it to Ian's family to help with the burdens of health care.

Silver.
Regan

Big Wall climber
Nov 17, 2012 - 11:41am PT
Rest in peace Ian.
See you on the other side...
My deep condolences to all his friends and family.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 17, 2012 - 11:56am PT
RIP, friend I never met. You ran it out to the end. Full value.
Climbing in the desert today, may have a chance to spin the Brutus wheel in person if not, I will soon, and am doing it in spirit.

Credit: Jaybro
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Nov 17, 2012 - 12:53pm PT
Gone but not forgotten peeps let them know where still here and if you can aford a buck or two throw it to Ian's family to help with the burdens of health care.

Silver.

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd

~peace

Silver

Gym climber
Nov 17, 2012 - 01:03pm PT
Jay I hope I get to spin Brutus wheel one day and spin it three times if you would please

Once for Brutus once for Ian and once for Dan O who's passing is just days away on the 23rd if you would.

These are our tribe and to forget them is just plain wrong even if we never shook a hand or shared a rope honor our fallen brothers.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 17, 2012 - 01:22pm PT
I will, Silver
My previous shot was the Bachar wheel, here is the Brutus Wheel.
They all need another spin today.
Credit: Jaybro
Silver

Gym climber
Nov 17, 2012 - 06:00pm PT
Thanks Jay you are a kind soul
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Nov 17, 2012 - 08:38pm PT
bump
Yafer

Trad climber
Chatsworth, California
Nov 17, 2012 - 09:07pm PT
Our tribe is tight. I am glad to see it.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Nov 18, 2012 - 11:45am PT
Been thinkin' on this a lot. Many times, finding an appropriate way to express one's feelings on something is hard. The words fall short, for me at least.
Be at Peace, Ian. Where we go, you go with us.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 18, 2012 - 03:39pm PT
My condolences to Ian's friends and family. He was a real man and a rascal I bet before this began to draw him down.

I had the pleasure of exchanging emails and phone calls with him while he was still fully stoked to get back up on the Captain. I traded him a couple of Camalots for a 1 1/4" Colorado Nut from the old days as he was trying to fill out his wall rack. We had some laughs about how much things had changed and how much impedimentia was getting in the way nowadays.

I am sorry that he wasn't able to visit with the clouds and stone before his vitality was taken from him but I am sure that looking back on his climbing days gave him some measure of strength in facing the inevitable so bravely. Having community here on the ST helped shore him up as well.

He lives on in our memory now and I am glad that I have a small aluminum reminder to tune me back in to his channel whenever I pick it up.



Rest in Peace Ian...and then come back and shake it up again with us!

I'll be looking for you...
froodish

Social climber
Portland, Oregon
Nov 19, 2012 - 12:26am PT
Bump for Ian...

Fundraiser link: http://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Nov 19, 2012 - 09:27am PT
bump
Silver

Gym climber
Nov 19, 2012 - 09:58am PT
Nice share Steve Grossman.

Bumps for our man Ian and his family. We're still here for you. I'm hoping more stories will be told for the record so Ian's family might get some stories they don't know about his time in the mountains with his partners.

Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Nov 19, 2012 - 07:40pm PT
I can't remember if I posted this info but a quick scroll through I didn't see it, so here's info from Ian's wife on his memorial service to which all are welcome:

Charlie Gill --- Memorial Service ---Saturday November 24th 11:oo am. Allen & Dahl Funeral Chapel in Palo Cedro. From Redding, Take 44 to Deshutes, turn right....if you go more than 75 yards, youve gone too far. It is set kind of back in on the right side of Deshutes. Food & Drink to follow at my house, in Redding right by the Wed Nite Live Church. 469 Tourmaline Way, Redding. Or come to the service & follow the crowd. Any and all are welcome. It would have meant alot to him, now it means a lot to Trevor and I.

Thanks again everyone for all your messages of support.
Audrey

For those who have asked or are interested flowers can be sent to:
Allen & Dahl Funeral Chapel
9110 Deschutes Rd
Palo Cedro, CA 96073

Home address:
Michelle & Trevor Gill
469 Tourmaline Way
Redding, CA 96003
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 21, 2012 - 08:56am PT
Thanks for the info, Audrey...and for keeping us posted throughout....card sent....my thoughts are with all of Ian's family and friends.

May we never forget those loved and lost.

Ian's memory is safe here.

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Missing photo ID#234809
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Nov 21, 2012 - 09:50am PT
Sorry to hear this and condolences to the Gill family.
Lost my father to cancer/chemo on Nov. 13th.
RIP Ian,
Tad
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 22, 2012 - 09:18am PT
Remembering Michelle and Trevor, and all of Ian's family and friends, as they spend their first Thanksgiving without him.

May they find peace with each passing day....

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Missing photo ID#235447
Silver

Gym climber
Nov 22, 2012 - 10:41am PT
Good work Dean and our thoughts are with the Gills this year as well.
E

Social climber
Tujunga CA.
Nov 22, 2012 - 11:20am PT
i just saw this thread again today. didnt realize that Ian was sick again. this is so sad. i hung with Ian and richard and eddie joe a bunch during the early needles days. I recall that Richard and Ian climbed the warrior in preperation for their shield ascent. How quickly the years pass and friends before you know it are gone.

May the suns first rays awaken you on your portaledge every morning for all time my friend....

Erik
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Nov 22, 2012 - 02:29pm PT
I'm posting this one as my photo to Ian since I'll always think of him when I'm up there, hopefully bringing a bit of him with me.

Credit: Mark Hudon
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 22, 2012 - 02:50pm PT
E- More stories when you feel so inclined...
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 24, 2012 - 07:03pm PT
Bump....today was the service....

Turning the big prayer wheel
Turning the big prayer wheel
Credit: SCseagoat

Susan
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 24, 2012 - 08:15pm PT
My prayers for a quick jog through the bardo...
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 24, 2012 - 08:31pm PT
Yay, Steve. . . what a nice way to put it!

ox
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 25, 2012 - 09:51pm PT
I was out Christmas Tree hunting today, sans my two oldest kids, who have moved away.....and I found myself having a little pity party that they weren't along.

Then I started thinking about Ian's family, heading into these holidays without him....felt pretty stupid whining about my kids being a few hours away.

Perspective is everything.

Thoughts and prayers are with them.....
melski

Trad climber
bytheriver
Nov 26, 2012 - 06:03pm PT
Ian,,how do i say this,,,we are all afraid of cancer,,and thats the way the AMA wants it,,there was once a man named RIFE who played with frequencys back in the 40Ds or so with great results,,,helping many ailments including cancer,,I know a personal friend 85 years old cleared of prostate cancer,,we all have plenty of worry and stress ,good to have options,,at Chelsea:s clinic in oregon,donations are accepted,,,peaceandlove,,
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Nov 26, 2012 - 06:47pm PT
Hmmmm, probably not the time of the place to take a left turn, but I'd never heard of it Melski (Rife or the place). Quick google search/copy/paste for the next one of us blokes who may need it.

http://chelseassanctuary.blogspot.com/

Gonna quote it, at the risk of sounding like an out of place Dr Bonner soap bottle.

"INFORMATION
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Posted by Kristen Marie at 7:05 AM 1 comment:
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(quoting)
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The most important thing I ever did was build a microscope. The things I’ve done have possibly (!!!!) helped humanity. I have tried to create and develop things for the good of the Universe. I am grateful to God that he has allowed me to the things I have done.
(end quoting)

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Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Nov 27, 2012 - 05:19pm PT
bump for Ian's wife and son:

Fundraiser link: http://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Nov 29, 2012 - 10:10pm PT
Bumping this Fundraiser link again for Ian Charlie Gill's wife Michelle Gill and son Trevor.

We don't always think of everything that goes along with losing a loved one...not only is there an emotional toll, but there can be a financial toll as well, losing the breadwinner with a house and family left to be taken care of....

Charlie had no life insurance, investments or benefits, was unable to work for many months, and Michelle took a leave of absence from her job to take care of him...so the burden is heavy...anything you can do to help Charlie's family is so appreciated...no amount is too small and every little bit helps...

And many heartfelt thanks to all who have so generously donated, it means so much!

http://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Nov 29, 2012 - 10:17pm PT
Audrey, you are incredible, and I don't even know you...

~peace, leggs
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Nov 29, 2012 - 10:33pm PT
Ian has a bunch of gear he doesn't need anymore, gear he was getting for his ZM solo. We need to figure out how we can, maybe, auction, that gear off to help Michelle make some money.

I know he has a Metolius double ledge and fly and I know both are brand new. I'm sure he has several dozen biners and a few sets of cams and all the rest of it.

Someone could set up a Merchant Visa account so they could take credit cards or maybe a Paypal account. With a PayPal account you can generate USPS shipping labels as well. I could do all that but Ian's gear is down in Redding and I'm several hundred miles away.

What can we work out?
ec

climber
ca
Nov 30, 2012 - 12:42am PT
Parting it all out & sell it on eBay would yield the most dough. Loads of work to set up the web sales, even with the account(s) in place (as I do). The problem would be moving the stuff down from Redding. PM me.
 ec
bringmedeath

climber
la la land
Nov 30, 2012 - 01:40am PT
Ian's gear was meant to go up on El Cap, it should do just that. His dream doesn't have to end just because he is gone...

Ian gave us some of the best threads I've seen on supertopo, I have been here since the start. I know some people say this thread is so sad, but there is so much of it that isn't. I hope people can see how much stoke was in the man. Enough to light a fire!

Jake
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Nov 30, 2012 - 07:35am PT
beautiful, you all bring me to tears. i know any help you can give michelle in selling/buying/auctioning his gear would be just awesome. I am not in Redding either, but can help in any way.
Thanks so much you guys
Audrey
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 30, 2012 - 07:53am PT
HohMahn. . . Ian's gear. . . I'd find stuff on Craigslist and tell him about it and the next thing I knew, he owned it. . . he was SO looking forward to being on El Cap again.

:-(

Phooey!

healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Nov 30, 2012 - 08:25am PT
We've been a community for long enough now to have weathered the passing of many of our friends over these years together. With each passing we are reminded we too shall pass this way, each in our own time.

And for all the various on an off topic bickering it's in these somber threads supporting and bidding friends farewell where we see the best of us. Ian, glad to have been able to learn about your through your friends here - farewell and godspeed.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Nov 30, 2012 - 09:57am PT
If I can get the gear, I have a way figured out that I can sell it, accept payment and ship it out, it's what I do now anyway. I just need to get the gear!!

How about someone in Redding drive it north a couple hours, meet someone,, they drive it further and eventually I'll meet someone and drive it home?
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Nov 30, 2012 - 10:33am PT
We've been a community for long enough now to have weathered the passing of many of our friends over these years together. With each passing we are reminded we too shall pass this way, each in our own time.

And for all the various on an off topic bickering it's in these somber threads supporting and bidding friends farewell where where see the best of us. Ian, glad to have been able to learn about your through your friends here - farewell and godspeed.

Beautifully said, Healyje

~peace

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:20am PT
Yeah. . . Joe. . . beautifully stated!

and

How about someone in Redding drive it north a couple hours, meet someone,, they drive it further and eventually I'll meet someone and drive it home?

Dood. . . If I had gone to Shasta to ski this winter, I'd jump right on this proposal, but I'm afraid I'm clear up at the Canadian border in MT, these days.

POOP.

If there's anything else I can help with. . . PLEASE LET ME KNOW!

YOU ROCK, HudonStokeMaster!

oxoxo

Kath
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:29am PT
I'm getting a list of his gear from Michelle and will be trying to sell it for her.

Max has already claimed the ledge, fly and Half Dome haul bag.

Credit: Mark Hudon

Ian had this on his wall near his bed to keep him psyched, his "Wall of Inspiration".
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:36am PT
Ian had this on his wall near his bed to keep him psyched, his "Wall of Inspiration".

HohMahn. . . there go the flood gates!

:-(
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:38am PT
I imagine Ian...up in the clouds....El Cap is now just a rock to watch us strive up...while he soars.....

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Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:56am PT
Size 10

Credit: Mark Hudon

PM me and I'll arrange to get them to you.

I see a brand new helmet up there and a still in the case Jet Boil!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Nov 30, 2012 - 12:48pm PT
Let's never let this post leave the first page till all of Charlie's gear is sold.

PM me for questions of what is available.
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Nov 30, 2012 - 02:47pm PT
Let's never let this post leave the first page till all of Charlie's gear is sold.

Bump of love
On-Site Flasher 69

Sport climber
Riverside
Nov 30, 2012 - 03:01pm PT
how much for guide tennis, and the jetboil?
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Nov 30, 2012 - 06:14pm PT
I can't come to this site anymore without tearing up. You all are the best, and Mark you are awesome!! You all blow me away. I should have been a climber; I hope you all know what an amazing community you have here!!
Silver

Gym climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 06:44pm PT
Jet boil ill Take that if its not gone yet.



Gene

climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 06:46pm PT
Mark,

Can I purchase something small - a biner or such - just so I can have it on my rack? That'd be cool.

Thanks,
g
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Nov 30, 2012 - 06:47pm PT
The Guide Tennies are gone but the Jetboil is still available. I don't have the gear yet so I can't take payment and send it to you yet. Email me with requests to keep my eye open for various wall stuff you might want.

Bear in mind that we are doing this to help Ian's family. I don't know how much he paid for anything so I'll be selling it with the idea to make some money for his family. If an item is brand new, expect to pay brand new prices for it, don't forget shipping. If it's a used piece, I'll research its new price and price it accordingly to how used it looks. I know he had a couple brand new ropes, steps, jugs, harness, gear sling (both Yates).

If anyone is driving up to Oregon and going through Redding, it would really be appreciated if you could stop by Ian's house, grab the gear and drive it up closer to me. I'm willing to drive almost to the California/Oregon border to meet you.

Email me and I'll give you Michelle's phone number and email so you can arrange with her to pick the gear up.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Nov 30, 2012 - 06:51pm PT
Sure, you can purchase any single item you want, don't forget, you're going to pay full boat for shipping.

What I'll probably do is to set up a website, probably on the Elcappanos page, with a list of all the gear and a Paypal BUY button next to it. You'll click the button, make your payment, I'll get an email, pack the stuff up, and ship it off to you.

Tell you what, anyone who spends $500 or more will get a free El Cap Pano of their choice from me (the 12x33 size).
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Nov 30, 2012 - 06:59pm PT
If there is an Ashland Tacohead, we could drive from Chico to > Redding, pick up gear & take it to Ashland...

edit...let us know....
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 30, 2012 - 07:02pm PT
Oh, Mark. . . those flood gates are open again!

You are so beautiful!

xo
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Nov 30, 2012 - 07:19pm PT
I think Lambone is in Ashland. I think he owns a climbing gym there. I'll get a hold of him.
Silver

Gym climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 07:51pm PT
Ill pay full retail for the jet boil. Mark let me know how much and ill send you a money order on Monday.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Nov 30, 2012 - 07:54pm PT
Silver, look it up at REI, send me a check and Max will pick it up for you in mid December when he goes up to Chico to pick up his daughter.

Mark Hudon
1310 Tucker Rd
Hood River, Or, 97031
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 30, 2012 - 08:22pm PT
Yeah. . . post up that link. . . I sent the whole idea to Blanchard and he's interested, too.

GoHudonGO!

ox
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Nov 30, 2012 - 08:30pm PT
I don't have any of the gear yet so we're getting a bit ahead of our selves.
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 30, 2012 - 08:33pm PT
Yeah, I know. . . just wanted to let you know that there are other people interested, too.

:-)
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Nov 30, 2012 - 10:54pm PT
This is good, a couple people have emailed me, asking for me to be on the lookout for certain gear they want, a couple of other have asked and offered to pay generously for a memento biner so that Ian may climb on with them. Greg Stock may also be able to drive the gear up to Hood River later in December when he comes up to climb Mt. Hood.

This is all looking good!
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:13pm PT
Awesome of you to pitch in like that Mark. Wow. Might be best to start a new thread so you can control it better and it can be better publisised. Good on ya. Keep us posted on when this happens so we can all try to contribute something too.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:25pm PT
Couch, Good idea, I'll do that tomorrow morning.
Michelle Gill

climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:26pm PT
Just wanted to introduce myself, Michelle Gill, Ian Gill's wife. I've never posted before but I wanted you all to know that at the very end of his days, I would take my laptop and sit at his bedside and read this thread to him. Oh, how it made him smile. I did that on his last night here on earth. What a community you folks are. I can't get on here without crying. Thank you very much for recognizing what a special man my husband was.
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:27pm PT
WELCOME, MICHELLE!

And SOOOOOOO much love to you!

OXOXOXOXOXOXO

Kath
Michelle Gill

climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:28pm PT
And Mark Hudon, you are nothing short of a hero to me.
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:30pm PT
I like Gene's spirit. I really don't need any more gear but I'll make sure to pick up something.
Michelle Gill

climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:30pm PT
Hi ekat!!!! Ian LOVED your postcard from Alaska, he was in the hospital but I took it and read it to him, then put it up where he could see it.!
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:33pm PT
Oh, I'm SO glad!

It was so nice talking with you last summer. . . I just wish we could have gotten Ian on El Cap.

I think of you and Trevor all the time!

oxoxoxoxo
micronut

Trad climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:39pm PT
Mark,
Ian's struggle, strength and story really touched me, though I never knew him.

I'd love to buy a couple peckers and cam hooks to have on my rack and to help the family. I'll pay full retail and shipping. Let me know as this thing starts to happen.

Scott
Michelle Gill

climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:57pm PT
Being Ian's wife, the reason I never posted on here before was because this was HIS deal, and I did not want to butt in my 2 cents. I would read it, especially when he would invite me to. And especially when I read it to him when he was too ill to do it himself. So PLEASE, don't think I'm like a snoot or something for just now posting, I just wanted Ian to have his own wonderful world.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 1, 2012 - 12:17am PT
Sincere condolescences to you and your son, Trevor, for your loss.
I don't think anyone thought anything "less than" about you not posting. I think you are very brave given the pain you must feel in missing your husband and now reading his posts and then the posts from the circle of support for him and you.
Don't stay away if it helps...

Susan

eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 1, 2012 - 08:55am PT
Oh, Michelle. . . you're so sweet! I knew you were here. . . I'm just really glad you're postin' up, now. It's wonderful to have you.

BigSkyMagic wingin' your way!

oxoxoxo
Bad Climber

climber
Dec 1, 2012 - 09:40am PT
If you don't need/want gear, you can still go here:

bump for Ian's wife and son:

Fundraiser link: http://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd

I never had the pleasure of meeting Ian, but his struggle and heart were clear to see. Throw in for a fellow climber...

BAd
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Dec 1, 2012 - 10:02am PT
"And Mark Hudon, you are nothing short of a hero to me."
Too all of us. Superman got nothing on Hudon.




Best to all Ians loved ones.
Silver

Gym climber
Dec 1, 2012 - 10:07am PT
Mark is that the Flash or Sol jet boil and if by full Monty on shipping I'm hoping you mean USPS if it fits it ships for like under 20 bucks.

Let me know which unit it is and ill send a check.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 1, 2012 - 10:20am PT
Michelle, thank you for coming here with such courage and bravery....Ian was a lucky man to have you by his side.

Praying peace and strength for you and Trevor.

All the best,
DR
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Dec 1, 2012 - 10:29am PT
Once again condolences to Michelle, Trevor and the Gill family.

Mark, I live in Redding and could run the gear up to Ashland/Medford area
if need be. Shoot me an e-mail if I can help out.

Tad
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Dec 1, 2012 - 10:31am PT
Regarding the fundraiser, no amount is too small...maybe consider giving up that next cup of coffee towards helping Michelle and Trevor!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 1, 2012 - 10:35am PT
Greg Stock will be driving up from Yosemite, through Redding to Mt Hood just a few miles south of me just before Christmas and is going to grabe the gear along the way.

Ron, Silver already claimed the Jetboil.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 1, 2012 - 12:44pm PT
bump to the top for Ian!
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Dec 1, 2012 - 03:09pm PT
This stays on top
Michelle Gill

climber
Dec 1, 2012 - 06:35pm PT
I am overwhelmed with grief at the the loss of my husband, but I am also overcome with gratitude at all of the kindness that I have been given by SO many. On this site with all you wonderful folks, ALL of whom I have never met in person and other places to, so sometimes my gratitude surpasses my grief, and that is a wonderful moment. Thank you all.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 1, 2012 - 06:53pm PT
Bump for Ian....and Michelle and Trevor....

photo not found
Missing photo ID#237490
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Dec 1, 2012 - 10:06pm PT
Hope
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Dec 2, 2012 - 12:29am PT
Michelle,

May I offer my condolences. The pictures Ian posted of climbing on El Cap were the best !



bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 2, 2012 - 12:37am PT
Ian, God bless you, brother. Keep rockin'!

Michelle, you have friends here, and so does Trevor.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 2, 2012 - 06:10am PT
Bump to the top.....

photo not found
Missing photo ID#252966
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 2, 2012 - 10:43am PT
Awesome shots, Dean, keep em coming.

It seems that Ian Gill Momento Biners are a hot item right now! We've made a fairly considerable amount for the Gill family and have sold only three biners so far! Keep it up! You all are great!
A note about that. From the photo, it looks like Ian had a rack of biners from his old days. I know he bought new biners from Metolius so the people who pay for an Ian Momento Biner will be getting and old, used biner until we run out of them.

I'm going to investigate a Paypal "donate" or purchase button on my El Cap Panos site. I want one the has the space for a note for the piece of gear you want me to watch out for you. I guess it'll be a Purchase button since that way it will have your address also.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Dec 2, 2012 - 10:46am PT
pretty cool thing yur doin Mark..
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 2, 2012 - 12:02pm PT
Thanks Mark....good on ya for what you are doing to help Michelle and Trevor.

I live with a view of the wall where I watched my friend Pete Schoerner die in an ice climbing fall in 1996. That experience still haunts me....and for the longest time, the view of that wall brought only tears.

Now, I choose to look out on the beauty that surrounds us, think of those we've lost....and smile for the beauty that was their lives.

Keeps their memory alive in every vista....like this one from the livingroom....rest in peace, Ian....we'll remember....

photo not found
Missing photo ID#226494
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 2, 2012 - 12:07pm PT
From high atop the drumlin in the deep northwoods, with love!

photo not found
Missing photo ID#276533
Michelle Gill

climber
Dec 2, 2012 - 12:08pm PT
Mark Hudon, Happy Birthday man. Thank you so much for doing what you are doing for my son and I. Ian felt so guilty about not having life insurance, savings, pensions etc... Thanks to you and to everyone who purchases a piece of gear, between that and Audrey's donation site, we still have a roof over our head. Hey Mark, whoever picks up the gear might be getting a "little bag of Ian" for you to take on your next climb. Dammit, he's getting on that rock, right??
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 2, 2012 - 12:13pm PT
Ha! A little bag of Ian! Dang! I'm gonna have some fun with that!

Okay, I'm working on a Donate button on my El Cap Panos website (http://www.hudonpanos.com/);. I want there to be a space someone can leave a message for me and also require that you leave your address. Could someone check that out for me?
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 2, 2012 - 02:09pm PT
Back up top....

photo not found
Missing photo ID#193419
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 2, 2012 - 07:43pm PT
Hey, back to the top with ya. . . and here are a bunch of flowers to make it nice:

photo not found
Missing photo ID#276599
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 2, 2012 - 08:07pm PT
Tonight's clearing storm....taking Ian's memory to the top....

photo not found
Missing photo ID#276586
Michelle Gill

climber
Dec 2, 2012 - 08:43pm PT
Hey Mark, When Ian was apologizing to me for not being more successful financially for us (which I said was BS), he also told me "Trust Hudon", so I do. Whatever you say goes. Whomever you have helping you, if you are cool with them, then so am I. My husband wouldn't steer me wrong. It looks to me like you are actually as cool as he said you were. Thank you from the bottom of my heart...or is that from the heart of my bottom? Oh well, either one works.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Dec 2, 2012 - 08:45pm PT
Michelle, youve never known me but many do, and i too vouch squarely for Mark and his ethics. You couldnt be in better hands now...Again my most sincere condolences . Ron Anderson
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 2, 2012 - 08:53pm PT
Mark is THE real deal! Whenever my aging partner is planning his wall trip I tell him he isn't rigging up anything new till he talks to Mark....

If the situation were reversed I believe the same would have been said about your husband!

Susan
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Dec 3, 2012 - 08:30am PT
Bump of love...

In The Valley <br/>
 <br/>
March 2010
In The Valley

March 2010
Credit: Leggs
Yosemite 2010
Yosemite 2010
Credit: Leggs

Keep the spirit alive...

~peace, Leggs
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 3, 2012 - 10:37am PT
Okay,

Things are moving along nicely. I have a friend in Redding who is going to get the gear from Michelle, inventory it and hold on to it for Greg. Greg is going to bring it up to me around the 22nd of December and I'll get it all online ASAP.

Max is buying the ledge, fly, haul bag and a Yates gear sling so that's a nice chunk of change right off the bat! Thanks Max!

I've sold a couple biners and have made almost $200 for MIchelle! You guys are great!

If you send me an email with a request, or Donate, try to make sure you give me all the information I need, paper is starting to pile up here!
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Dec 3, 2012 - 01:24pm PT
Keeping this at the top...

Yosemite 2010
Yosemite 2010
Credit: Leggs

~peace
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Dec 3, 2012 - 03:18pm PT
bump and test. i posted a pic twice but it hasn't shown up. so testing this post
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 3, 2012 - 03:40pm PT
Ian, somewhere in Yosemite, maybe early 80's
Ian, somewhere in Yosemite, maybe early 80's
Credit: Audrey

not sure what your not doing right....
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Dec 3, 2012 - 04:06pm PT
that's the pic i was posting..how did you get it??
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Dec 3, 2012 - 06:14pm PT
Bump Bump ...

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd
2010
2010
Credit: Leggs

~peace, Leggs
Leggs

Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Dec 3, 2012 - 09:19pm PT
Bump...

After a killer hike, at the base of El Cap...  <br/>
 <br/>
2010
After a killer hike, at the base of El Cap...

2010
Credit: Leggs

"Flying"  <br/>
 <br/>
2010
"Flying"

2010
Credit: Leggs


Keep this thread alive... love... donate... support...
https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd

~peace
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 4, 2012 - 10:09am PT
Purchases of Ian Gill Momento Biners continue to roll in. We're going to keep Ian pretty busy checking out all the places his gear is going. You all rock!!

I should have an inventory in a week or so. I'll post the list ASAP with my suggested price. You can "Donate" and then email me which piece you want. Don't forget that out of your donation comes shipping and Paypal fees. I get the boxes free from the USPS but shipping is simply expensive and I can't send a ton of time figuring out the absolutely cheapest way to send the item to you.
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Dec 4, 2012 - 10:36am PT
Mark, when you get it all set up, I was thinking I could post something on Facebook as well, with a link to your site....what do you think about that as another way of getting the word out?
Thanks again, this is awesome!!
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 4, 2012 - 10:48am PT
Audrey,

When you go to someones profile you can see their photos.

so I just grabbed the photo id and added it to the photo syntax.

I think you missed a step in getting the photo to your post. it uploaded, you just didn't finish the process of posting it to where you want it.
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Dec 4, 2012 - 11:06am PT
ok thanks!!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 4, 2012 - 11:19am PT
Audrey, Yes, we'll do that. I'll also post over at RC.com and Mountain Project.
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Dec 4, 2012 - 06:02pm PT
Ian, Island Lake - Wind River Range, Wyoming, 1984
Ian, Island Lake - Wind River Range, Wyoming, 1984
Credit: Audrey

Bump for Ian

Buy some of his gear from Mark Hudon or donate at this link to help his family:
h^^ps://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd

no amount is too small, even the price of a cup of coffee goes a long way!!
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Dec 4, 2012 - 06:04pm PT
not sure what happened with the link in post above, this one should be clickable:

http://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 5, 2012 - 07:12am PT
Bumping for Ian and his dream.....

photo not found
Missing photo ID#248608
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 5, 2012 - 11:33am PT
A big thanks has to go out to Cory McCandless and his wife, Shelley for going over to Michelle's house and getting Ian's gear. It was hard for Michelle to see such a connection to Ian walk out the door, I'm sure, but Cory and Shelley are great people and made her feel as good as they could.

Further, Cory spent a good amount of time photographing the gear and making a pretty good detailed list of it all. I need to work the list a bit before I post it here and I'll try to get to that tonight.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 5, 2012 - 11:43am PT
^^^^^oh boy, my heart just emptied out on that scenario. What an incredibly brave woman....sounds like the best of Ian lives on through Michelle.

Thanks Mark,

Susan
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Dec 5, 2012 - 01:35pm PT
If you have not read this thread and Ian's story yet, I guarantee you will be touched by it once you do.

Here's a picture of Ian's Wall of Inspiration. You can keep his spirit alive and help his family with the financial toll they are facing by purchasing some of his gear from Mark Hudon, who will be providing more information here in the next day or so.

Or you can donate to Ian's fundraiser by clicking on the following link. No amount is too small, even the price of a cup of coffee goes a long way and is so appreciated

http://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd

peace to all

Ian's Wall of Inspiration...keeping the dream alive
Ian's Wall of Inspiration...keeping the dream alive
Credit: Audrey
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 5, 2012 - 02:18pm PT
Tell ya what, Ian started emailing and calling me right around Thanksgiving of last year, all this gear he bought is partially because of me. It's going to be sad for me to take possession of it, see it in real life knowing what it all meant to someone. It's only gear, but don't we all lovingly fondle our gear sometimes, remembering moments on rock, in the mountains, with good friends?

Dang.
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Dec 5, 2012 - 02:49pm PT
You inspired him and helped him so much Mark. And while it may be only gear...it is so much more than that... it symbolizes dreams and hopes, being inspired and inspiring others, perseverance and so much more...and nothing brings that home more than this, Ian's journey, of which you were/are so big a part. Heartwrenching and heartwarming at the same time. Dang is right.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 5, 2012 - 02:55pm PT
It's only gear
It's really a life line...and me thinks you're trying to be brave, but this gear, as any other fallen, or aged-out climber's gear is passed on, not just for functional use; but the carrying on of a spirit and a life well lived. As much as climbers do indeed, look upon their gear with great fondness, this gear goes beyond just the person that receives it...it becomes an honor and a privilege to that climber to keep Ian's spirit alive and protecting the new user....karma, I guess...

Susan


edit: yes to what Audrey said, we cross posted!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Dec 5, 2012 - 02:56pm PT
This gear contains CHI. The Chi of Ian is in each and every piece.

But there just pieces right? Hardly- i gave my best buddy the stopper on my first ever leader fall, which hangs from his truck mirror to this day.
Safe to say there is as much feeling in this gear as a wedding ring.


After all, climbing IS like a marriage- between climber and stone- for the good the bad and the ugly.
Michelle Gill

climber
Dec 5, 2012 - 03:27pm PT
Yes, a huge thank you to Cory and Shelly, what great folks! My son Trevor said he was glad he didn't have to handle our finances along with the the emotional toll, so I'm pretty sure he appreciates what I am going thru as I try to understand his plight as well. I am glad that Ian's gear will get to see the rock, he would want that. I hope nobody thinks I'm gross, but I got "a little bit of Ian" in the form of a couple scoops for Hudon to scatter up on his next climb. You think getting his gear together was hard.....
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Dec 5, 2012 - 06:46pm PT
you know how much it would amaze and overwhelm and touch Ian's heart to know that people are actually buying 'memento biners' of his ?? he wouldn't believe it!
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 5, 2012 - 07:08pm PT
Audrey, Ian would be STOKED to know people were collecting his gear, this community meant the world to him.

:-)
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Dec 5, 2012 - 11:19pm PT
BUMP

If you have not read this thread and Ian's story yet, I guarantee you will be touched by it once you do. You can keep his spirit alive and help his family with the financial toll they are facing by purchasing some of his gear from Mark Hudon, who will be providing more information here in the next day or so.

Or you can donate to Ian's fundraiser by clicking on the following link. No amount is too small and is so appreciated

http://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd
cmcc

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 6, 2012 - 01:34am PT
Michelle and Trevor were so gracious and it was pleasure to spent time with. You guys have great hearts and we look forward to seeing you around Redding.

Cory
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 6, 2012 - 11:08am PT
Bumping to get something with integrity to the top of the forum.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 6, 2012 - 11:11am PT
^ +1 for that, Dean!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 6, 2012 - 08:39pm PT
Stunning day here on the east side today....I couldn't help but grieve for those no longer with us to enjoy it.

Bump for Ian....may the peaks he enjoys now...put ours to shame.
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Dec 7, 2012 - 11:41am PT
BUMP for Ian's family

http://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 7, 2012 - 01:46pm PT
I have something I need to do today but getting Ian's gear online with Purchase buttons is my project for this weekend.

ALSO. I NEED a VERIFIED address for you from Paypal. I CANNOT send anything to a NON-VERIFIED address.

If for some reason you don't want to deal with PayPal, (and I really wish you would, since it will save me a ton of time and work) PM me, I'll send you my phone #, you can call, I'll get your credit card # and run it through Hood River Coffee Co. (PLEASE do Paypal).
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 8, 2012 - 03:55pm PT
Okay kids, I don't have the gear yet but here is a list of the new stuff and photos of the older stuff.

PM me for what you want and prices.




Photo 1


Photo 2


Photo 3


Photo 4


Photo 5


Photo 6


Photo 7


Photo 8


Photo 9


Photo 10


Photo 11


Photo 12


Photo 13


Photo 14


Photo 15


Photo 16


Photo 17


Photo 18


Photo 19


Photo 20


Photo 21


Photo 22


Photo 23


Photo 24


Photo 25
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 8, 2012 - 04:19pm PT
Okay,

A #3 Pecker and two of the large wall sacks are gone!

Yeah!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 8, 2012 - 06:28pm PT
GAGner has bought the big hook in picture 18, the Crack N Ups and all the Z Pins! Yeah, Paul! Thanks!

Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 8, 2012 - 06:45pm PT
The Ball nuts and hammer are gone!

You rock!
micronut

Trad climber
Dec 8, 2012 - 06:51pm PT
From Photo 20 and 21.

I'll take one beak, one pecker, and two of the cam hooks. Just sent an email.

Scott
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 8, 2012 - 06:55pm PT
Thanks, Scott.


Biners, biners, biners!!!!

Those draws look pretty good!

Classic Friends! A perfect Ian memento item! I'll be using one on my future El Cap routes!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 8, 2012 - 09:20pm PT
Can I order something for delivery to Jeremy A's mom? Or maybe a blow-up sheep for Jeremy?

bump
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 9, 2012 - 01:01am PT
MH, If you'll donate, I'll find you a blow up sheep!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 9, 2012 - 12:44pm PT
I've received lots of questions over the night and I've updated the list a bit.

And BTW, this is a lot of work so help me out, be specific, which photo? what gear? look the price up yourself please.

No bargaining.

First paid, first served.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 9, 2012 - 02:53pm PT
Don't forget that I'm giving a 12x33 pano of your choice to anyone who spends more than $500! A 40 dollar deal!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Dec 9, 2012 - 07:29pm PT
NICE job Mark.. Ill be interested in a rurp or sumpn.. Ill pay more than premium price and then some. but it will be a few days to get paypal funds on line.


i miss my rurps..
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 9, 2012 - 08:06pm PT
PM me with your order, Ron. Max just bought some hooks in addition to Ian's ledge, fly and haul bag! Yeah, Max!

So far, including purchases from yesterday we've raised almost two grand for Michelle and Trevor! You all rock!
I have one $500+ order out there waiting confirmation also!
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Dec 9, 2012 - 10:16pm PT
this brings tears to my eyes. thank you Mark, and everyone!! so many of you have also donated to their fundraiser and i just can't tell you how much it means!
Patrick Oliver

Boulder climber
Fruita, Colorado
Dec 9, 2012 - 10:37pm PT
I really felt pain, as I read your story. I have had some health problems
of my own and understand how debilitating they can be. You are a great
fighter and one of those true climbers who love the sheer beauty of
being up there in those places of grandeur. I guess life itself is
a place of grandeur, if we look at it from the right perspective.
I can only hope perhaps I could be some kind of friend, an old sage
from another time, before yours, and that you might draw some
little strength from such friends. You seem ready to make the fight.
That is a good mentality, better than mine... in that I often am
about ready to throw in the towel. But then some inspiration pulls
me forward for another try. I wish you all the best, Pat
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Dec 10, 2012 - 02:38pm PT
just wondering...if it gets down to where everyone on here has had their pick but there's still stuff left... if it would help to start another thread titled 'gear for sale' or 'gear for a good cause' or something to that effect, to maybe attract people who aren't reading this one ?
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 10, 2012 - 02:44pm PT
I suspect I'll end up with a fair bit of gear that doesn't get sold. I'll keep a thread going here and I'll have it all listed and priced out on my hudonpanos.com website.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 10, 2012 - 09:35pm PT
Rest easy, Ian....your dream lives...

photo not found
Missing photo ID#220818
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 10, 2012 - 10:54pm PT
Hey, Mark. I tried to PM per your instructions on hudonpanos, but gmail says you don't exist. Huh?









Edit: Nevermind, it was me. D'oh!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 10, 2012 - 11:41pm PT
Things continue to sell. Thank you all!

Don't forget, this is a fund raiser, NO BARGAINING! and the first person who pays, gets the item, the item won't wait till you decide.
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 11, 2012 - 09:28am PT
waning crescent moon and venus
waning crescent moon and venus
Credit: nature
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 11, 2012 - 01:23pm PT
Well, kids, you should all be proud of yourselves, today I'm sending a check to Michelle for $900 and Audrey is sending her one for a grand, all from gear sales!

I'd say we're not quite halfway through the gear although we've sold some big ticket items, we still have a couple brand new ropes, cams, helmet and other stuff.

Christmas is coming so check the list, contact me and make a donation!!!

Thanks!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 11, 2012 - 01:26pm PT
Awesome, Mark! Good on you guys!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 11, 2012 - 08:50pm PT
Bumping with tonight's sunset over June Lake....

photo not found
Missing photo ID#277888
Silver

Gym climber
Dec 11, 2012 - 10:12pm PT
Mark I sent you a few emails regarding the jetboil is that still available?
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 11, 2012 - 10:51pm PT
Silver, I've replied to every one of your emails.

Yes, it is, $100 plus $5 for shipping. I can't ship the fuel cartridges.

Make a donation for $105 at HudonPanos.com
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 12, 2012 - 11:52am PT
This thread ain't no potted plant Bump!
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Dec 12, 2012 - 11:55am PT
Bump

"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven
Where the love of our lost ones pours through and
shines down upon us to let us know they are happy"

Credit: Audrey
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Dec 12, 2012 - 11:56am PT
on the same wave length Mark, our bumps crossed!
Michelle Gill

climber
Dec 13, 2012 - 03:05am PT
Once again,I must refer to Mark Hudon as a hero coming to my aid, for a friend he never even met face to face. And Audrey, my guardian angel, who stepped up to do something nice, and did so much more. The generosity of this wonderful community, actually several communities takes my breath away. What started out as an act of kindness turned into something more. You actually changed the course of my life, My house payments have been made, and that is a miracle considering not only did I lose my best friend, I lost a breadwinner,so I thank each and everyone from the bottom of my heart!

Michelle Gill
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Dec 13, 2012 - 03:12am PT
Kudos!! Taco Rocks!
Silver

Gym climber
Pumpkin Rock
Dec 13, 2012 - 08:44am PT
Michelle that's great sent a tingle down my spine knowing your being helped and not alone to struggle through this tough time.

Hey taco members giving 5 bucks or 500 the warm feeling in your heart is the same so give a little if you can.
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Dec 13, 2012 - 11:10am PT
Silver said it well!

buy a biner from Mark, or you can donate a buck or two here:
http://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 13, 2012 - 12:33pm PT
Things are looking good, donations continue at about $100 a day! Thank you very much, you awesome Supertopians!!

I'll be taking possession of the gear in the week before Christmas but will be leaving right then till then end of the year. When I get back, I'll start getting everyone's packages out.
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Dec 13, 2012 - 09:27pm PT
bump in the spirit of the season:

http://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Dec 14, 2012 - 04:28pm PT
bump in the spirit of the season

buy some gear from Mark or help Ian's family here:

http://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 14, 2012 - 09:50pm PT
But don't be eyeing those ovals! Those are mine.
They'll get some good use.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 15, 2012 - 04:21pm PT
I want it! I need it! Christmas gear, Help Ian's Family Bump!!!!

Okay kids, I don't have the gear yet but here is a list of the new stuff and photos of the older stuff.

PM me for what you want and prices.




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Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Dec 16, 2012 - 01:01pm PT
bump
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Dec 19, 2012 - 12:47pm PT
right on back..
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 19, 2012 - 10:55pm PT
Just logged a really big sale! Michelle is going to love this!!!

couchmaster

climber
pdx
Dec 19, 2012 - 11:04pm PT
RAD GIER BUMP! I've got rest of the Metolius bags:-0
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 20, 2012 - 08:49am PT
Bump.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 20, 2012 - 11:20am PT
I can't believe someone hasn't bought those draws yet...
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Dec 21, 2012 - 02:44pm PT
"I can't believe someone hasn't bought those draws yet... "

Could be that there's a bunch of old bitter bolt haters here perhaps?
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 21, 2012 - 02:47pm PT
No hating on this thread! It's all loving and helping out here!!

Actually, I'm eyeing some of those draws myself… you would believe all the sh#t I drop off every wall I climb!
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Dec 22, 2012 - 06:28pm PT
there's still gear left!! BUMP
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Dec 22, 2012 - 07:41pm PT
Hey Mark;
Give me a call.
I sent you an email with my cell#

I want to talk to you about some of the gear you have left, and the
Manipulation I did for you.

I hope you like the Manip.


Cosmic
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Dec 23, 2012 - 04:34pm PT
one more holiday bump - buy some gear from Mark or donate here to help Ian's family:
http://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd

change that last line to: <br/>
And know with every climb you make, you're...
change that last line to:
And know with every climb you make, you're making one for me! :-)
Credit: Audrey
Michelle Gill

climber
Dec 27, 2012 - 08:25pm PT
I miss my husband, Ian Gill, so much it actually hurts physically.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 27, 2012 - 08:36pm PT
My heart aches for you, Michelle....praying for peace to come to you in time....
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 27, 2012 - 08:40pm PT
Oh Michelle...I can only begin to imagine the hurt. I never met him, nor you, and yet thoughts of him and you and your son popped into my mind today. I have no sentiments to offer, which would likely only feel hollow, but I offer a cyber hug or shoulder. Really big sigh...

Susan
John Mac

Trad climber
Littleton, CO
Dec 28, 2012 - 10:42pm PT
Michelle,

My deepest sympathy and condolences for your lost.

I don't know how I missed this thread but I've spent the last couple of hours catching up. The Taco is a good community for sure.

Regards,

John.



Mark.

I'll PM you about the bluewater Static rope.

Thanks for all your effort.

Cheers

John
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 28, 2012 - 11:29pm PT
The gear is now at Greg Stock's mother in laws house in Portland, Oregon. I'm in Utah right now but will be home soon and will drive to Portland sometime next week to get it. I'll send out the gear that's been paid for and then set up a way for people to merely click a Paypal "Purchase" button on my El Cap Panos site (www.hudonpanos.com) for the gear they want.

Remember, I'm offering a 12 x 33 El Cap pano of your choice to anyone who buys at least $500 of Ian's gear.
tinker b

climber
the commonwealth
Dec 29, 2012 - 08:26am PT
oh i wish i had known the stock's were involved in this, i would have had them grab my gear, and store it untill i returned. tell granny (sarah's mom/ greg's mother-in-law) i say hello.
SofCookay

climber
Dec 29, 2012 - 11:12am PT
To the family of Ian, please accept my most heartfelt condolences on your loss. Wishing you peace and love during your difficult time.

Mark, I sent a PM to you about the small stoppers.

Sonya
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 29, 2012 - 12:51pm PT
Thanks, Sonya!

You people continue to amaze me! Ian's gear is being generously bought at a good clip. I know Michelle and Trevor really appreciate it.
SofCookay

climber
Dec 29, 2012 - 04:45pm PT
I am donating this stopper necklace to help out Ian's family.

Credit: SofCookay

Necklace can be worn by either male or female - contact me if you're interested in purchasing - funds will go directly to Ian's family.

Retail cost is $40.

Sonya
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 29, 2012 - 05:33pm PT
Sonya, those are cool! I know Michelle will appreciate your efforts.
SofCookay

climber
Dec 29, 2012 - 06:46pm PT
And we have one bid for $60 from SCseagoat - thank you!

I will leave the bidding open until noon pacific time on New Years' Day (1/1/13) - please PM with your bid and I will update the thread as we go.



Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Dec 29, 2012 - 06:49pm PT
Those ARE quite cool pieces!! Very good of you! Applause to all here who have donated.!! People can take care of their own. Just a little from many add up.
prickle

Gym climber
globe,az
Dec 29, 2012 - 06:51pm PT
best wishes brother, hope it all works out.
Michelle Gill

climber
Dec 30, 2012 - 02:04pm PT
I thank everyone for their empathy and for your generous purchases. Ian spent a year putting this gear together and training for a solo climb up ZM. It was about 3 weeks till climb time when his cancer returned 10 fold. He said it hurt more to not make that climb than it did knowing his cancer had returned. He was going to go anyway, but the cancer reared it's ugly head to quickly and he was not able. Selling his gear was a heart-wrenching move that I knew I had to make. Poor Ian, he was going to be celebrating 5 years cancer free, and instead found that he was dying. He felt like a failure because there was no savings or life insurance, just bills. I told him I didn't care about any of that, I just loved him. He whispered to me that he had his gear, to sell it, and to trust Mark Hudon. My husband hadn't climbed a big wall for close to 3 decades, but he never lost his heart & soul for Climbing. I don't know why I'm writing this, I think I just wanted you to know him just a little bit better. Thank you for reading it.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 30, 2012 - 03:26pm PT
Well, I just picked up Ian's gear in Portland, I have it all now and will be starting to send it out soon.

On the drive back to Hood River, I was thinking about Ian and him buying all this gear and fondling it, like we all do, dreaming about using it up on El Cap. Dreaming how he'd use a hook or place a cam and how he'd feel, moving onto it, far up on El Cap, being scared, sweaty, happy, hearing the Swallows, the wind, the monkeys on the Bridge. We all do that.

I haven't actually touched any of the gear yet but I think I might cry a little when I do.
Michelle Gill

climber
Dec 30, 2012 - 03:28pm PT
Thank you Mark, I wish above all else that he could have made that climb. Yep, he fondled all the gear, and when he couldn't sleep he would think of the tedious placement of some of it (sorry I don't know all the lingo), and it would help him sleep. Maybe when you go through the stuff, you'll feel the love the Ian, Trevor and I had for each other. Sorry to be so sappy, I'm just in one of those moods of missing him very badly.
SofCookay

climber
Dec 30, 2012 - 04:25pm PT
Hi Michelle,

I am so very sorry for your loss - my heart breaks for you and your family.

Thank you for sharing more about Ian - I had actually contacted him when he first posted this thread and I tried to arrange for him to go up a few pitches with my partner, Kate, and her climbing partner, Erik, on their spring El Cap route. He wanted to, but was having too many medical issues at the time.

I hope that this thread offers you some comfort during this difficult time - we all grieve with you.

Sonya

Michelle Gill

climber
Dec 30, 2012 - 06:34pm PT
Wow Sonya, that was you? He told me about it and he was beaming with pride that people cared enough to make those kind of offers. Thank you for that!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 1, 2013 - 08:52pm PT
I have all of Ian's gear now, aside from the two ropes, I'll be getting those in a couple of weeks.
Thanks go out to Cory and Shelley McCandless, Greg Stock and his mother in law, Martha.

I'm going to start sending some items out in the next few days. Bear with me here, I have two big tubs of gear and have to sort through everything, figure out who gets what, generate some shipping labels, box the stuff up and send it out. Even aside from Ian's gear, I have a busy two weeks coming up and then I'm getting an operation on my hand on the 15th.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 1, 2013 - 10:26pm PT
Just sold a bunch of biners!
Michelle Gill

climber
Jan 2, 2013 - 12:47am PT
Holiday gear bump
SofCookay

climber
Jan 2, 2013 - 09:05am PT
Mark, don't forget, I'm interested in small stoppers/hexes/cams!

SCseagoat wins the necklace. Michelle, do you have a PayPal account that she could deposit the money directly to? Or do you prefer a check?

Sonya
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 2, 2013 - 10:11am PT
Sonya, there a bunch of old, wired stoppers and nuts that will be great for want you do. I have to call someone else about the same batch of gear but I'm sure there is enough to go around. That is my project for tonight.

If all goes well, I'll send out about ten packages today and in the next few days! I could be Christmas a over again!

Again, don't take the political threads here on ST for the definition of everyone on ST. I've received many wonderful emails from people who "don't really need the gear" but just want to help out.
People tell me that I'm so good for doing this, but really, its totally selfish of me since I get to deal with so many great people! You are all awesome!
SofCookay

climber
Jan 2, 2013 - 10:19am PT
Thanks, Mark - if I could get maybe 5 - 8 small ones, that would be awesome.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Jan 2, 2013 - 11:19am PT
sofcookie, whats your address I'll send you some old sh#t, err, Chouinard wired stoppers. Your donation was appreciated by more than just the family. Good on you for jumping in and helping out.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 2, 2013 - 01:48pm PT
Am sending out about 10 packages and a big ol check to Michelle today!

Many, many thanks!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 2, 2013 - 01:51pm PT
In the realm of mankind, this is a far better thing you do, than any FA ever! Spirit points for you Mr Hudon..
Michelle Gill

climber
Jan 2, 2013 - 02:03pm PT
Many, many spirit points, Mr. Hudon.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 2, 2013 - 02:06pm PT
I'm happy to be the recipient of one of Sonya 's pieces of art and benefitted a great family. Where should I send the $?

Susan
Michelle Gill

climber
Jan 2, 2013 - 02:15pm PT
Hey Sonya, I don't have a paypal account, so you can send me a check if that's ok....Michelle Gill
469 Tourmaline Way
Redding, CA 96003
And thanks to folks like you, I still live here!! Sooo much appreciation.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 2, 2013 - 03:59pm PT
Hi Michelle, I'm the high bidder on Sonya's piece. I will send the check directly to you, thanks for the addy.

Susan
m_jones

Trad climber
Carson City, NV
Jan 2, 2013 - 06:25pm PT
He said it hurt more to not make that climb than it did knowing his cancer had returned.

HI Michelle - Mark told me about Ian a year ago when he coaxed me out of climbing retirement to climb El Cap after not being up there for 30 years. The quote above really hits home.

The gear I was able to purchase from you has a very special place in my heart. Very much like obtaining treasured family heirlooms. Which I guess it is as we are all a climbing family. Especially on this thread.
Ian's gear will be put to good use. I know Mark cannot wait to watch ME put up Ian's ledge this fall on El Cap.

Thank you - I wish you and your son well.

Max Jones
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jan 2, 2013 - 09:49pm PT
first page bump cause there isn't a more important thread on this site.
SofCookay

climber
Jan 2, 2013 - 09:55pm PT
Agreed.

Michelle, it is an honor and my pleasure to be able to contribute. I'd love to make you a necklace with one of Ian's stoppers on it - please let me know. Susan, please pm me your address and I will send your necklace out to you.

Sonya
Michelle Gill

climber
Jan 3, 2013 - 01:11am PT
I would LOVE that Sonya....however I was in such a bad way when Ian's gear was going bye-bye that I didn't save anything for myself. Thank for the offer. It's very sweet.
Michelle Gill

climber
Jan 3, 2013 - 01:21am PT
Bumpity-bump-bump!!!!!!
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Jan 3, 2013 - 08:52am PT
Any chance that someone who bought one of Ian's stoppers to help out could give it back to Michelle for a necklace?
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 3, 2013 - 09:46am PT
You guys are ruining a present I had in mind!
SofCookay

climber
Jan 3, 2013 - 10:34am PT
Um...oops! It was Mark's idea - I thought he was suggesting it to me so I would take the hint and make one (sorry, Mark). So Michelle, pretend you never saw this part of the thread... ;)

Carry on, Mark!
Michelle Gill

climber
Jan 3, 2013 - 03:42pm PT
....didn't see what part of the thread?...
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Jan 3, 2013 - 05:14pm PT
Inspirational.

I'm in my mid-50s and continue to dare to dream. Ian had the audacity and courage to dream, and truly be alive for his life.

My mom had cancer three times, and chose to live as much as possible depite carrying that parasite in her body. As I get closer to the age of my mother's early demise, I look at each day as a gift.

WIsh I could give you such a gift.
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Jan 3, 2013 - 08:13pm PT
I continue to be overwhelmed by the spirit and generosity of all of you. Not only is Mark selling gear at a good pace, but we STILL after 4 months have donations coming in on Fundrazr...people here who don't know Ian but have been moved by his story. I am sincerely blown away by the generosity and kindness being shown, and I know Michelle is too.

Mark what you are doing is a ton of work, once again major kudos to you.

Since we're still seeing action on the Fundrazr, I will post the link again for those of you who don't need gear but want to help Ian's family:
http://fundrazr.com/campaigns/bMOnd

My wish for all of you is that the new year bring you an abundance of good health and great adventures!
Audrey
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 3, 2013 - 08:24pm PT
Just logged the biggest sale yet (aside from Max buying a lot of big expensive gear) and there is still a bunch of good stuff yet to go.

Anyone need a brand new still in the bag lead rope?

A brand new Petzl Helmet?

A pair of brand new 5.10 approach shoes?

Cams?

Quickdraws?
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Jan 4, 2013 - 11:49am PT
Bump for a "Thanks Mark", stuff just arrived and I was surprised that it was brand new still in the wrapper. Bonus and extra thanks.

sofcookie, whats your address I'll send you some old sh#t, err, Chouinard wired stoppers. Your donation was appreciated by more than just the family. Good on you for jumping in and helping out.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Jan 4, 2013 - 11:53am PT
opps, sorry, just saw that you'd emailed it to me Sonya. I'll rummage my basement and send some Chouinard wired nuts along to you next week.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 5, 2013 - 12:41pm PT
Just sold a bunch of the old wired nuts and a batch to Sonya for jewelry and I'm waiting to hear back from a few other people about various bits.

The photos and list of what is available is a few pages back now. I can't edit the post any longer to move them up. Maybe I'll just repost them.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 5, 2013 - 01:40pm PT
Ian Bump and to get to a new page.
WTF

climber
Jan 6, 2013 - 01:20pm PT
How much for all the biners in the last photo above and the gri gri.

Thanks
Michelle Gill

climber
Jan 6, 2013 - 02:28pm PT
Mr. Hudon, the work you are going through for me & Trevor is so awesome!! And thanks to all you climbers out there buying Ian's gear. Just remember, with every item, you also get a little piece of heaven. Thank you. Love, Ian's wife.
Michelle Gill

climber
Jan 6, 2013 - 05:57pm PT
Sunday get some gear BUMP.
WyoRockMan

Trad climber
Flank of the Bighorns
Jan 8, 2013 - 10:26am PT
Mark,

Received my gear for the "fear".

Thanks again for your hard work on this!

Jason