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Morgan

Trad climber
East Coast
Aug 6, 2013 - 11:06am PT
Credit: Morgan
Maiden voyage for Ian's gear. I thought the first time I would use this equipment would be on a big-wall-type adventure. As it happened, their destiny was to be indoors for the first time out. But the experience was remarkably rewarding.

I received the Metolius Wall Sacks via Mark Hudon. I thought I was going to bring along Ian's bird-beak piton for some extra mojo, but it kept jabbing me in the ass! For sure, it will come along on another trip, when the time is right.

This was the first-ever Boston Adaptive Climbing Clinic held at the Grand Opening of the Brooklyn Boulders climbing and art space in Somerville, Mass., Aug. 3, 2013.

Credit: Morgan
Sean, Eric, NYC Adaptive Climbing Clinic Founder Kareemah, Arthur.

Credit: Morgan
Arthur and Abby. I think the last time Arthur was on rope was rappelling out of a helicopter in ROTC. He was later seen cranking fiercely on the lower reaches of the bouldering wall.

Credit: Morgan
All systems go. "Major" Dan on Ground Control.

Credit: Morgan
Arthur going big.

Credit: Morgan
Wheelies!!

Credit: Morgan
Sean O'Neill, showing us how it's done – three El Cap routes in the bag.

Credit: Morgan
Program Coordinator Bonnie crushing her lead test on a 5.10a. Yes that is a hockey puck giving her 360 degrees of edging power!

Credit: Morgan
This says it all. Thanks Ian & Mark!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Aug 6, 2013 - 11:16am PT
I'm sure Ian is enjoying that! Thanks!
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Aug 6, 2013 - 08:59pm PT

Bumping for Miss Michelle....and cool pictorial tr....
Johnny K.

climber
Aug 21, 2013 - 04:33pm PT
Up to the top <3
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Aug 21, 2013 - 04:36pm PT
I still have Ian's Petzl Meteor Helmet and Metolius wall gloves for sale.
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Aug 21, 2013 - 10:25pm PT
wow, very cool! yes, Ian would love that!!
Michelle Gill

climber
Redding, CA
Aug 22, 2013 - 10:01am PT
Wow! Thank you Morgan! It is all so surreal still. Can't believe I didn't see this until now. I love watching the journey of his gear, and getting to know the folks using it. Thank you again. Keep the pictures coming!
Michelle Gill

climber
Redding, CA
Aug 23, 2013 - 02:12pm PT
Bump for Ian's birthday. Happy Birthday!! I miss you.
Credit: Michelle Gill
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Aug 23, 2013 - 02:41pm PT
Well, just sold the helmet and gloves. The last of Ian's gear is sold and will be out there climbing and creating memories.

I sincerely thank everyone who bought gear and donated and I'm sure Michelle thanks you also.
Michelle Gill

climber
Redding, CA
Aug 24, 2013 - 01:02am PT
^^^^I sure do thank everyone^^^^^
Morgan

Trad climber
East Coast
Aug 25, 2013 - 11:09am PT
Thanks Michelle. That's a great photo! Here's the first voyage of Ian's beak (hand-placed) backing up the bivy.

Ian's beak
Ian's beak
Credit: Morgan

Rope bag in action
Rope bag in action
Credit: Morgan

mega-plush hang
mega-plush hang
Credit: Morgan
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Aug 25, 2013 - 11:11am PT
So cool!
Johnny K.

climber
Aug 25, 2013 - 01:15pm PT
Nice Morgan!
Michelle Gill

climber
Redding, CA
Aug 25, 2013 - 11:44pm PT
Sweet!!! Thank you Morgan!
Michelle Gill

climber
Redding, CA
Aug 26, 2013 - 11:39pm PT
bump
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Aug 27, 2013 - 10:13am PT
nice! love seeing these pics, bittersweet but so very cool.
and nice coincidence Mark sold the last of Ian's gear on Ian's birthday!
Morgan

Trad climber
East Coast
Aug 27, 2013 - 11:13am PT
Any ideas on how I can make the two photos right-side up. They were correctly oriented, originally, but when they posted, the program turned them sideways. It's surprising because I had no trouble at all with the pictures from the adaptive climbing clinic and Michelle's photo of Ian loaded perfectly.
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Nov 11, 2013 - 10:25am PT
It's hard to believe this week marks a year since Ian left us...it seems like just yesterday, although he hasn't really left us and never will.

Thanks to Mark H. Ian made it up El Cap one more time.

In October Michelle made a trip to Jackson Hole - we sent him down the Tram in a snowstorm - how he loved that!! (coincidentally I ended up with a screw in my hand - how fitting - he had a few surgeries from skiing this mountain!)

We 'Rocked him on The Water' (per Jackson Browne) and sent him past his favorite fishing holes beneath the Tetons through another valley he loved so much...via the Snake and Gros Ventre Rivers...on to the sea.

We know he is at peace, and his spirit lives on... through all of you.

Rock Me On The Water~Jackson Browne
Oh people, look around you
The signs are everywhere
You've left it for somebody other than you
To be the one to care
You're lost inside your houses
There's no time to find you now
Your walls are burning and your towers are turning
I'm going to leave you here and try to get down to the sea somehow

The road is filled with homeless souls
Every woman, child and man
Who have no idea where they will go
But they'll help you if they can
Now everyone must have some thought
That's going to pull them through somehow
Well the fires are raging hotter and hotter
But the sisters of the sun are going to rock me on the water now

Rock me on the water
Sister will you soothe my fevered brow
Rock me on the water
I'll get down to the sea somehow

Oh people, look among you
It's there your hope must lie
There's a sea bird above you
Gliding in one place like jesus in the sky
We all must do the best we can
And then hang on to that gospel plow
When my life is over, I'm going to stand before the father
But the sisters of the sun are going to rock me on the water now

Rock me on the water
Sister will you soothe my fevered brow
Rock me on the water, maybe I'll remember
Maybe I'll remember how
Rock me on the water
The wind is with me now
So rock me on the water
I'll get down to the sea somehow
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Nov 11, 2013 - 10:53am PT
Ian's Family.

Thought I'd share a bit about my last year since Ian passed. He had a fair bit to do with it. I remember when he posted up his excitement to be going up ZM. I remember when he got the news that cancer had returned. I remember when his leg swelled up and shut him down. His dreams and personality in his posts touched me and motivated me a great deal this year.

I thought of him often as I really got back into climbing again this year.

The story reminded in an emotional way something we all know in our heads. Life is fleeting and none know how long they have.

I lost 30lbs, did more climbing this year than I had in the last 5. Nothing noteworthy or impressive. But what a blast I've had. Obscure unimportant FA in developing a new crag, long fun easy routes, Royal Arches, Tenaya peak. By this fall I have gotten back in shape a little bit and managed some 5.11 sport stuff. Climbed in Moab, J-tree, Eastside Sierras, Tahoe. Descended middle earth. Spent a day hanging out on Mammoth ledge ElCap. Nothing to brag about but what a wonderful year of moderates and getting back in the saddle. So satisfying being back home in the mountains again.

Ian's story and posts here truly helped make this happen.

So that's my tribute to Ian. Thanks for the stoke man! A true gift you imparted to me.

Now I have to quit smoking.
Audrey

climber
Wilson, Wyoming
Nov 11, 2013 - 11:08am PT
wow, that is wonderful climbski2! it's hard for me to verbalize why your post has me in tears, but kudos to you, and thanks for sharing!
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