John Long decks at gym?


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Trad climber
Dec 3, 2012 - 08:42pm PT
go big with one wheel

Gold Canyon, AZ
Dec 3, 2012 - 09:14pm PT
I'm loopy but one thing is clear - there's a lot of love in the climbingg world, and I must be getting the bulk of it over the last few days. I am embarrassed to have raised others on this site only to have them wish me good cheer. Thanks to all, from the bottom of my heart. You are my heros.

Hey Largo,

When I broke my ankle up at Suicide in 1985, I'm sure glad you were there to help me out. If there's anything I can do to reciprocate, please let me know. At least that explains why I didn't see you out at Josh this weekend... Hope you heal up fast.


Ice climber
the ghost
Dec 3, 2012 - 09:15pm PT

reminds me of this:

“Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it.”

- Brian Kernighan

Trad climber
Dec 3, 2012 - 09:20pm PT
Even if the fight is still "on" with that leg, people are incredibly resilient and John has many decades of experience with living.

...uh... with all due respect and more. ;-)

Park Rat

Social climber
Dec 4, 2012 - 09:21am PT
Dear John,

Dare I say that we all pine for you, no we long for you. We need to hear the your dear sweet voice. You are our master of the stone, our Sage, our guide to all the thrilling adventures of a misspent youth.

Hearing of your mighty fall, we can only say NO, say it ain't so. Not our pillar of stone, you who are one of the gods, the leader cannot fall, no never.

We mere mortals may fall, but not our dear John, we are so sad to know that you to may be only flesh and blood and not made of mighty granite.

We long to know that you will soon rise again, you are our master of stone, the keeper of our words, the hero of our youth, long may you reign.

So dear John we do long to hear from you.

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Dec 4, 2012 - 09:30am PT
^Park Rat wrote a Dear John letter.


Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 4, 2012 - 09:51am PT
Better than a John Deere letter.

Hardy har har. :)
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Dec 4, 2012 - 10:00am PT
back when he had two legs to stand on, ;)
John Long on an early repeat of the Shield.
John Long on an early repeat of the Shield.
Credit: Mo
John, heal up fast and learn to love the pain meds when they are needed most.

las vegas
Dec 4, 2012 - 03:40pm PT
Wishing you a speedy and painless recovery!

From Richard, Tina, & Lisa Harrison

Trad climber
Dec 4, 2012 - 05:07pm PT
Dude, wait till you get some of those pity sticks under your arms. They're better than a half dozen puppys when women are around. Big, handsome and vulnerable goes a long way.
Milk it for all it's worth.

Heal fast, but not too fast.

P.S. Calcium and vitamin D. Good for dem bones.

Boulder climber
Dec 4, 2012 - 08:59pm PT
b e s, John has a broken ankle, it would seem that you have, a brain injury, take your meds.
Jebus H Bomz

Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Dec 4, 2012 - 09:02pm PT
P.S. Calcium and vitamin D. Good for dem bones.

One of my docs said it's good to have calcium and vitamin d... before you break your bones. He said it's what you have in reserve that counts, taking it while healing really doesn't come into play. He also cautioned against NSAIDS like ibuprofen, etc., they supposedly impact bone healing negatively.

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Dec 4, 2012 - 10:06pm PT
Good to know he was adhering to the "Safety third" rule.
The Warbler

the edge of America
Dec 4, 2012 - 11:19pm PT
So it takes a man down to flush you out, Richard?

Whatever it takes, good to see you old friend!

Hope you're all well, and more of the same to JL

Big Wall climber
Dec 4, 2012 - 11:33pm PT
the one time i was at that gym i met largo working out there. dude, i hope you heal up ok, you are a hero to a lot of us. ss

Trad climber
Cali Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Dec 5, 2012 - 01:00am PT
I added my 2 cents to it and then re-posted this post that "Blueblocr" posted a couple weeks ago on the "religion" thread, but I thought it would also be relevant here. Probably what everyone already knows, but worth repeating...
Your grace with the use of words is inspiring! I think it is great how you can elaborate so much on just one term. I can definitely read in your pens soul as being thoughtful, humble, patient, positive, provoking, mature and loving! Thank You! I can't wait for you to come over to the Lords side, You are surely to become a 21st-Century David!

Jus Thank'in!

Very well said, and so true!

JL has always been that way. I haven't crossed paths with him since around '89/'90, but ever since I first met him at JT in the early 70's, he has always been the same.

This one afternoon I was having a difficult time on this popular boulder problem which was located near the entrance to Hidden Valley campground. It was the first time I had tried it, and after a half hour or so of flailing on it, I was about to give up. Suddenly Largo arrives with a couple of friends and he jumps out of the car and runs over and sends it in his tennis. Frustrated at how easy he made it look and by what little progress I had made on it, I give it one last all out effort. But I decide to try and mantle the crux crimp move, since I had zero success the obvious way. Somehow I pulled off the mantle, but that was as far as I got. I fell back to the ground, feeling pretty discouraged with myself.

But Largo changed all that in one sentence, "Wow, you just mantled that crimp, I've never seen anyone do that before, I know I couldn't!" And then off he went to rejoin his friends. I don't recall if I ever did get that boulder problem, but I never forgot those words of inspiration. They lifted me up and made me feel like I had just won the lottery or something. Like I was actually someone, not just a flailing n00b!

That was my first encounter with him, and it is just one example of what I came to recognize over the next few years as his everyday, honest and good natured self. Not so preoccupied with his own ego or reputation that he wasn't willing to lift someone else up at his own expense. I never forgot that first encounter, because it meant a way to much for me at the time to ever forget.

Thanks John, and please get well soon! Because there are a whole lot of noobs out here, young and old, that appreciate your presence a lot more than you will probably ever know!

Mountain climber
Venice, ca
Dec 5, 2012 - 02:39am PT
You decked. so what? Sh#t happens. You were thinking about something else. This is not great, but it does happen. At least you were thinking . xxoo

Mountain climber
Venice, ca
Dec 5, 2012 - 02:41am PT
OLD guy? may your tongue shrivel into ribbons. John Long is a young guy And awesome.


Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Dec 5, 2012 - 08:58am PT
OLD guy? may your tongue shrivel into ribbons. John Long is a young guy And awesome.

Tongue? I'm pretty sure Riley was using his fingers to type that...unless he was also mouthing the words as he hit the keys.

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 5, 2012 - 10:47am PT
Update on John???
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