ZM, Cancer, and the end of a Dream


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Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Sep 27, 2012 - 11:40am PT
All the best to Ian and his family.
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Sep 27, 2012 - 03:27pm PT
Ditto ^^^^

Best wishes Ian, and fight brother, fight. I lost my closest brother to the Big C on May 18, my sister last year to breast cancer.

Ian, I am pulling for you bro' and sending out the best possible vibes I can.

Wilson, Wyoming
Sep 28, 2012 - 08:00pm PT
another bump!

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Sep 28, 2012 - 08:03pm PT
Thinking of Ian, his family and close friends.

Sep 28, 2012 - 08:05pm PT
Here's a pic Ian posted a while back.
Credit: Ian Gill

Thinking about you, my unmet brother.


Wilson, Wyoming
Sep 29, 2012 - 07:00pm PT
Repeat for bump:

It has been two weeks since my last update. Asking you all to pray to whatever God or power you worship or believe in, for healing and peace for Ian/Charlie and his family. Ian is still in the hospital (after a short two days at home) and has been on life support for 12 days now for lung and heart complications brought on by the pneumonia and also on dialysis for the one good kidney which has failed due to these complications. There have been small improvements and he is fighting with all he has!! They are not dealing with the cancer right now, just trying to get him well enough to get off the respirator and sedation and have a little more time with him.

There have been so many of you who have responded to the FundRazr and/or with messages of healing and inspiration.... his family thanks you from the bottom of their hearts. He's one helluva guy and one helluva fighter. Perhaps our collective healing energies can pull him through, I know he can feel us all.

You are one fantastic community, thanks to you all.

Here's a link to the FundRazr again:

Sep 29, 2012 - 09:06pm PT
Ian on da left...Heart Ledge Party, El Cap, 1979. Ian, ec, ed sampson,...
Ian on da left...Heart Ledge Party, El Cap, 1979. Ian, ec, ed sampson, dave ohst
Credit: Richard Leversee, ecjoe collection

This pic was mounted with varnish onto a piece of plywood that gives the pic the 'rustic' coloring. From left to right: Ian (Charlie) Gill, ec, Ed Samson, David Ohst. Ian and Richard Leversee ascended some fixed ropes up to Heart Ledges; hauling up all our provisions for our climb of the Salathe Wall, plus a case of beer and other goodies. We climbed the lower half of the route and they met us there. This eliminated a lot of work (and an extra day) on our part by them being 'porters.'


some eastside hovel
Sep 29, 2012 - 09:27pm PT
Positive vibes being sent over from the eastside. Stay strong brother.

Wilson, Wyoming
Sep 30, 2012 - 09:37am PT
now here is an interesting and encouraging update on Ian posted on Facebook last night by his wife after Ian had been awake, coherent and responsive all day (couldn't talk though due to the breathing tube, and too weak to write):

OK folks, ready for a another, if not bizarre, Charlie Gill update? Charlie must have decided that he did not need the ventilator....he pulled it out on his own. Normally, that would have been an emergency, however..Charlie began breathing on his own, talking, etc. Trevor and I thought we must be dreaming or something. So far, this is a good thing, but the next 24 hours will tell if his lungs are well enough to sustain an airway, if he has the strength to breath on his own, etc. They said that it is not beyond the realm of possibility that he may have to be put back on the ventilator. But then he smiled and said..."I don't know about this guy though"! Please keep those prayers coming...cuz it sure looks like they are working. Trevor Gill is staying at the hospital with his dad tonight, dad wanted him there. Whatta kid, I tell ya!!

What a testament to that fighting spirit of his! I do not know if he was able to sustain his own breathing through the night, but this is very encouraging...Keep those positive healing vibes coming!
Johnny K.

Sep 30, 2012 - 09:42am PT
Amazing spirit he has.Prayers and best wishes <3


some eastside hovel
Sep 30, 2012 - 06:41pm PT
Sounds like Charlie's good and stubborn(wall climbers usually are).That's a very positive attribute at this stage.Stay stubborn Charlie! Positive vibes still bein' sent yer direction brother.

Wilson, Wyoming
Oct 5, 2012 - 12:18pm PT
bump with update. after almost 3 weeks, Ian is moving out of ICU today. pretty incredible. he still has a rough road ahead but this is really good news. and truly, a miracle.
on behalf of his family, many thanks again to all of you for your continued support!

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Oct 5, 2012 - 04:25pm PT
Thanks for the update.

A few more "miracles" would be nice.

wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
Oct 5, 2012 - 04:46pm PT
Big healing thoughts being sent to Ian.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Oct 5, 2012 - 05:57pm PT
That is great news. Good to know he is getting better. Best wishes to Ian and your family in this tough time.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Oct 5, 2012 - 05:58pm PT
That is great news....always the long road but it starts with one step...and all that. But it's true!

Healing thoughts and prayers


Trad climber
Oct 5, 2012 - 11:18pm PT
I'm very excited to read these updates!

Wilson, Wyoming
Oct 12, 2012 - 11:47pm PT
Here is the link to the fundraiser for Ian Gill again. His wife Michelle is taking a leave of absence from work to be with Charlie at the hospital, where he has been for over a month. Your help is needed now more than ever, as are your prayers! Your support is so appreciated!!

Wilson, Wyoming
Nov 12, 2012 - 10:51am PT
After such a brave battle overcoming tremendous odds for the past 2 months in the hospital, Ian is now resting at home with hospice care and the care of his loving wife and son. He does not have much time left in this world. Please say a prayer for him to ease him onto that next ledge, and know the next time you are on a wall he'll be watching over you from that great port-a-ledge in the sky.

Thanks to so many of you who have given him your love, support and inspiration. I believe he has inspired you as well. He will be missed. Even three days ago he told us he thought he might be able to climb again. You will Ian, you will.

Boulder climber
member since 2002
Nov 12, 2012 - 10:55am PT
Here is hoping he can pull it off
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