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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.....

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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).
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