ZM, Cancer, and the end of a Dream

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m_jones

Trad climber
Carson City, NV
Jan 14, 2013 - 05:03pm PT
Peak bagging bump for Ian.
That is his carabiner.
Getting Ian's gear outside and up high!!
Getting Ian's gear outside and up high!!
Credit: m_jones
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 14, 2013 - 05:32pm PT
Good on ya, Max!
Michelle Gill

climber
Jan 14, 2013 - 07:25pm PT
Max, you just made my freakin' day!!
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Jan 14, 2013 - 07:34pm PT
Max that is awesome!! what a great pic and what a great idea to post a pic of his gear in use!
I can feel Ian's spirit coming through! Thanks!
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Jan 14, 2013 - 07:38pm PT
And since tomorrow will mark 2 months, here's a pic of Ian that I think may have come from someone on this site a while ago...Just thought this would be a good time to repost. You know he's up there.


Credit: Audrey
Michelle Gill

climber
Jan 15, 2013 - 02:08pm PT
Hey Mark Hudon, just wanted to share this story with you. It's been 2 month today since Ian passed away. I kinda tried not to think about it. So I did something I haven't done in 2 months. Got up & turned on "Good Morning America." Pretty boring start to ones day, right? Yeah, you'd think. Got bored after about 20 minutes, turned on my computer for a morning surf & ended up watching/reading your documentary on your's and Max's 1st ascent up the Captain together after all those years. Needless to say, I was riveted and inspired! Couldn't help but picture my Ian up there all those years ago. Very emotional. And what a story you told. Could almost picture myself up there! At the very least I felt inspired to always push forward, and not be afraid to turn the next corner. You mentioned somewhere towards the middle of your story that you looked around and could see other guys on different routes. You mentioned a guy soloing ZM and you know where my heart went. So I stopped and looked at the clock. It was 10 till 9. That was the time I had woken up the morning of Ian's passing and had seen fear in his eyes for the first time. Nothing 8mg of Haldol & an additional bolus of morphine didn't take care of. Yet, it is a look that has haunted me terribly. Anyways, this morning at that exact moment, and because I turned on "Good Morning America", I also heard the Sandy Hook surviving children singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". So much for boring. Thank you for being a part of Ian's story. And, knowingly or not, making him a part of yours. Your surgery today, might that have anything to do with crushing your hand on that flake back in the 70's? Just wondering. Would you ever have thought, on that 1st ascent, that your story would bring comfort to a grieving widow of a fellow climber? ....."if happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why, oh why, can't I?" Healing prayers for your hand, my friend...God is good all the time. Love and best wishes, Michelle.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jan 15, 2013 - 06:11pm PT
Hey Michelle;
I just put a 70 dollar Postal money order in the Mail for you,
this morning, for some stoppers Mark sent me.
You should get it in a couple of days.

Could you PM me when you receive it, so I know it arrived safe.

Thank You.

Dwain/Cosmiccragsman

Edit: some of the small nuts I am sending to Sonya (Sofcookay)
for her climbing jewelry she makes. she makes AWESOME Climbers necklaces!
I'm thinking, if you don't mind Michelle, that I will stamp Ians Initials on the nuts before I send them to Sonya.
So He will always be in the mountains somewhere.

Let me know if that is ok.
Credit: Cosmiccragsman
Michelle Gill

climber
Jan 15, 2013 - 07:19pm PT
Wow Dwaine, of course you can, thank you for thinking of it, and thank you for asking. I will PM you as you have asked. Everyone in this community is so awesome!! And could you use the initials ICG? For Ian Charles Gill? That would be so sweet!!
micronut

Trad climber
Jan 15, 2013 - 08:28pm PT
I got my hardware about a week ago. Thanks Mark!

Here's a couple photos of Adam and I playing with the new toys out on some boulders near home this weekend. El Cap here we come!

Thank you Michelle for letting Mark give us all a part of Ian's story.

Credit: micronut

Credit: micronut

Credit: micronut

Credit: micronut
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 15, 2013 - 08:55pm PT
MH, yes it is. $100 for it $3 for PayPal fees and $5 for shipping, add another $5 for shipping to Canada.

Make a donation for $108 at www.hudopanos.com. I'll get an email from them with your address and I'll ship it right out.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 16, 2013 - 02:42pm PT
okay, its killing me that no one has bought those draws yet (pic 4)!

$10 each!

Get 'em!
Beautiful_Corn

Big Wall climber
Brooklyn Park, MD
Jan 17, 2013 - 03:39pm PT
PM sent.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 18, 2013 - 03:42pm PT
Warrior bump..
labrat

Trad climber
Nevada City, CA
Jan 18, 2013 - 03:44pm PT
Bump!

Thank you Mark for the work you are putting into this great cause. My hope is to get out and start using some of the gear I have purchased in the near future. The poster arrived yesterday and now I have a goal. Zodiac A3-C3F...... I will be posing in the future under 'scared sh"tless'.

Good thoughts going out to the Gill family and friends :-)
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 18, 2013 - 06:41pm PT
There is still gear that needs to be sold!

Labrat bought more than $500 worth of gear and earned a free El Cap Pano. Anyone else who spends/donates $500 will get one also.
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Jan 19, 2013 - 11:17am PT
BUMP! gear gear gear!
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Jan 19, 2013 - 11:41am PT
Hi Sonya, in the spirit of what goes around comes around I sent you 18-19 of my old Chouinard (and a Cassin) Wired stoppers so you can build some more. They're is no conditions on them, they're yours and if I see them on ebay no worries (I'm kidding, but no conditions):-)

You really dressed up the one you donated for Ians family, and mine don't looks any better...ok, maybe one or 2 do. So it's a good use, if anyone else has any she'll make good use of them. Should be at your place by Monday I'd expect. Coming postal to your PO Box.

Be nice to see the diamond C on some of these.



VERY nice work.
SofCookay

climber
Jan 19, 2013 - 08:59pm PT
Couchmaster,

I am humbled and touched by your generosity - thank you VERY much for the stoppers and no worries, they will definitely not end up on Ebay...I promise I will put them to good use and turn them into something beautiful that others will enjoy.

In return, I hope you will allow me to turn one of them into a necklace for you.

This is just the pick-me-up I needed. My sister passed away unexpectedly last week, just a few days shy of her 50th birthday, and as you can imagine, this was devastating to me and my family.

Some of you may know that part of the reason I started creating and selling stopper necklaces and earrings is to help fund my hike of the Pacific Crest Trail starting in April of this year. I am hiking this trail to honor the memory of my sister Mae, who passed away 8 years ago at the age of 35, my mother, who passed away 7 years ago, and now my sister Tammy.

So thank you again for your kindness, it is truly appreciated.

Sonya
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Jan 19, 2013 - 09:04pm PT
Thats so awesome. Thanks for the offer too on making me one, but I stopped wearing necklass's when I got old:-) They're all yours, hope you make a lot of money off them and that your art gets noticed. I sure noticed it due to your generosity to donate one for Ians family. Thanks for that and enjoy!!!! Sorry to hear of your familys troubles. Have a great hike!!!


Mark, photo 7, is that a Yates big dude next to the Maroon metolius? Do you know the size? (comp to #6 or 7 Camalot? That should get a nice nickel once it's identified and the wide boyzs see it.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Jan 19, 2013 - 09:10pm PT
Just checked, I have one just like it and mine is a HB Flexi-Fit, comparable in size to a #5 Wild Country. Nice cam.
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