ZM, Cancer, and the end of a Dream


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

Hermaphrodite Flake

Golf Route

NW Books

Have a wonderful time!!

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.



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!

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 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 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!

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!

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.


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,
Jim Brennan

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

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.

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.


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, it...(-;

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

Saludos Y Salud...


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

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

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

Bob Bolton

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

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

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

Wilson, Wyoming
Sep 18, 2012 - 01:53pm PT
Also repeating the link to his fundraiser for those of you who can help!
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