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Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Aug 9, 2013 - 11:57am PT
Being with friends and family who are terminally ill can be heartbreaking and painful, but also a transcendent experience. When the physical end is near, love flows as easily as water. There is a beautiful clarity about what matters.

Sending caring thoughts to you all.

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Aug 9, 2013 - 11:57am PT
A good quote to remember here is from Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, as his time was approaching: "Let us cross over the river and rest in the shade of the trees on the other side..."

Even though I've only known Bill for a brief time, we did get a chance to hoist a few cold ones together at a couple of the Boulder HH's; a VERY cool dude, indeed.
goatboy smellz

Aug 9, 2013 - 11:58am PT
Power to Love Billy!


Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 9, 2013 - 12:07pm PT
What a beautiful testimony here on this thread....that one man's life, and his impact on so many others, unites a community with the greatest power and gift we can all of one another.

Beyond the photos.....that will be Billy's legacy....endearing and enduring.

So proud of so many here....may these coming days have many measures of grace and peace for all.....

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 9, 2013 - 12:23pm PT
Well said, Crag!

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Aug 9, 2013 - 01:03pm PT
.may these coming days have many measures of grace
and peace for all.....

Thank you Crag, so much ache to process.



Social climber
Joshua Tree
Aug 9, 2013 - 01:20pm PT
When the physical end is near, love flows as easily as water. There is a beautiful clarity about what matters.

thanks for that, Phyl. Well said.


Social climber
Aug 9, 2013 - 01:22pm PT
hey there, say, sooze...

i tried for next day mail, but it would not go, :O

so, it will be there ONE MONDAY... :)


Trad climber
The state of confusion
Aug 9, 2013 - 01:46pm PT

Wish he could be up at the Vooshifest with us this year again.
Yay Blitzo!

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Aug 9, 2013 - 02:33pm PT

"Wish he could be up at the Vooshifest with us this year again."...

That WAS the plan...(EDITED: You ALL have a BLAST up there!!!)...



Trad climber
Aug 9, 2013 - 02:59pm PT
I haven't been keeping up with this thread as well as I had hoped, and it is with sadness that I read Blitzo is in hospice care now.

A few years ago, I was out at New Jack with Blitzo and several others, and he was in the car coming back to Joshua Tree, sitting in the back seat with my friend Peter, who had met Blitzo just that day.

Peter was mesmerized by the story-telling Blitzo entertained him with the entire way. Something about a commune he lived on for a while. I just recall there was a lot of sex, drugs and...well, lots of that, for sure. I had seen many images from nature and climbing that Blitzo has taken, and I SUPPOSE it should have come as no surprise that part of his story would have been that which he told that day, but it still seemed surreal to hear it!

Blitzo, I will keep you in my thoughts.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Aug 9, 2013 - 03:05pm PT
Just got back from visiting Blitzo this AM.....Epperson and I stopped by for a chat and a visit. He looked good, but seemed very tired.. sleepy and mumbly. He was glad to see us. He isn't very mobile,...and can't really read or go on the computor anymore....but he enjoyed the visit. The place he's at now is busy, and there are lots of cute nurses to come and pester him.
He was comfortable enough for someone who cannot get out of bed, and we will be visiting him again soon;..see if he's more awake next time. I'm sure any cards, good words, or visits would be greatly appreciated at this time.... Blitzo is a good good dude;...and many many of us in the climbing community have spent many great days at the crags w/him....I have, and I appreciate all of them;...he has been a very good friend to me for many years now. Keep up the communication and positive vibes;....he appreciates it greatly.

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Aug 9, 2013 - 03:12pm PT

Someone that wishes to remain anonymous was super KIND and sent me $50.00 gas money for the trip to visit Blitzo...(NOT going to disclose her/his name)...BIG TIME THANK YOU!!!

That's taking it to another level...

Really touched me...

Almost made me cry...

If only I were half as deserving as Blitzo...

Just wanted everyone here to know that all of this sh!t that is going on has indeed brought all of us here to higher level of caring...

Really, really, COOL and it couldn't be for a kinder and gentler dude...

Dude's the Mack!!!...

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Aug 9, 2013 - 03:21pm PT

and I would like to add that my head looks a little large in this photo...

A wee bit off putting...


Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 9, 2013 - 03:23pm PT
You good to go? Paypal? Come by sushi site for cash.

.... It wasn't me

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Aug 9, 2013 - 03:35pm PT


Thanks man!!!...

I'm OK and ready to make the trip...

All that time alone driving is going to get to me most likely...

But that's what exits are for...

Also what LED ZEPPELIN and weed is for...

Anyone traveling I-70 West tomorrow might do well to take another route...

Possible rear end on the way!!!...


Social climber
Joshua Tree
Aug 9, 2013 - 03:40pm PT
When I move to JT, the first day I went climbing was with Todd, Blitzo, and Tucker (yeah, that's a motley crew!).

Since then, I've been on freesolo marathons with Blitzo where he showed me dozens of quality lines, had him holding the rope when I climbed the hardest two things I've ever done there, had him spend many hours patiently belaying me as I flailed and dogged on things that were way over my head, all over JT.

He would happily go out bouldering with me, spotting and snapping pics of the climbs, the landscape, the critters. Never complaining no matter what the weather was like (I'd drag him out when it was reaaallly cold, for good friction ya know!) or how long the walk, despite the fact that he wasn't even going to be climbing. And he definitely saved my ass a few times when I would have landed on my head without him being there.

Not a lot of people will give up their days just to support your efforts, and even call you ahead of time unsolicited and offer "hey, if you're coming out tomorrow and want a belay on that thing just let me know". He did that all the time. That's the kind of friend he is.


Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Aug 9, 2013 - 03:43pm PT
Sort of an Oops I suppose...

THANK YOU ALL FOR OFFERING TO HELP ME WITH THE FUNDS (a few emails and Jaybro here)...

That WAS NOT my intent for posting about the $50.00...

I posted that so the COOL person that sent it could see that it is TRULY appreciated and I wanted everyone to see how what is going on here has done for this ODD community of ours...

The kindness from others it has brought about...


So again, THANK YOU ALL for offering moola to your's truly...



Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Aug 9, 2013 - 03:48pm PT

No different for me Will...

Same deal!!!...

Met the dude via Todd and Tucker when we were out doing new routes...

Might even have been "Nicole Kidman"...

The day I met him he made me laugh so damned much I knew I had to have more...

The bond was formed almost on the spot...

Really did expect that he and I would age and climb/camp our days away on some BLM land out that way...

I guess in a way, we did...

Climb to the end that is...

Litterally, the last climb...

And he had a real hard time with it and I knew the fuking Cancer was back...

I lead it, he couldn't get it, I cleaned, we left...

Alabama Hills, 4/2/2013

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susan peplow

Joshua Tree, CA
Aug 9, 2013 - 06:47pm PT
Pretty long visit with Blitzo today after Todd & Epi left. Much of the same for me, he's aware and thankful for the visit but pretty quiet and very weak. We talked about silly stuff including how unseasonably cool it is, pictures and well wishes from the Taco, our misfortune in blowing a rod in our new boat.....

The aides are keeping him tidy, fed and comfortable. I brought some clippers to do a trim and talked about getting his beard fixed up next.

The facility has given him one of those giant super-tanker mugs to drink from. You know the ones... giant from Circle K or those you see on the on Discovery Health when they haul some dude out of his room with a crane. The mug is ridiculous and amazingly difficult to drink from with it's size. The damn straws just fold over and he can't get anything, it was really winding him up. I stepped out for a few and grabbed him one of those hard plastic cups with built in no-spill straws. When I returned, he drank probably more from that cup than in the last 6 hours.

I imagine we'll continue to find things to make him more comfortable. I've been taping pictures and postcards on his closet door so please continue to send visual stuff. Reading and such as Todd mentioned is pretty limited other than what is read to him. But photos, cards or post cards seem like a good thing to focus on.

He's looking forward to more visits. I gave him the low-down that The Agent was coming today as well as Beth and Cho today, tomorrow and Locker headed back down soon. This makes him happy, which makes me happy.

I think I mentioned it before but if you're planning on stopping by please PM me for some additional information. We also like to hear how things go so maybe we can start building a preferred time to visit and expectations for others.

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