ZM, Cancer, and the end of a Dream

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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.
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