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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
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.
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