RIP Steven Johnson, local Tucson Climber

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Leggs

Sport climber
Is this a trick question?
Topic Author's Original Post - May 8, 2013 - 08:07pm PT
So very sad...
My condolences to the family... what a loss to our local climbing community.

http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/steven-johnson-arizona-climber-found-dead-covered-with-bee-stings-16158/


~peace
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
May 8, 2013 - 08:12pm PT
Wow, Lisa....so sorry to hear this. My condolences to his family and friends..and prayers that they might find solace....

May he rest in peace....

DR
Leggs

Sport climber
Is this a trick question?
Topic Author's Reply - May 8, 2013 - 08:16pm PT
It's heart wrenching, Dean... he and his dog... his partner in crime.... my tummy is in knots.
A true loss to our community.



Please be careful out there, y'all ... and tell the ones who need to know... I and Love and You.

~peace
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
May 8, 2013 - 08:17pm PT
This is so sad.

My condolences to his famly and many friends.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
May 8, 2013 - 08:21pm PT
I've had two close calls with bees over the years.....would be horrible.

So very sad for BOTH he and the dog....

:/
Leggs

Sport climber
Is this a trick question?
Topic Author's Reply - May 8, 2013 - 08:31pm PT
This is just so stunning...

10b4me

Ice climber
Soon 2B Arizona
May 8, 2013 - 08:50pm PT
Very sad

My condolences to his family, friends and the Tucson climbing community.
Leggs

Sport climber
Is this a trick question?
Topic Author's Reply - May 8, 2013 - 08:51pm PT
Thank you, Mr. Bee....

I want to find the book he gave me so many years ago...
I want to find that book....

I'm at a loss as are many in our community.
portent

climber
May 8, 2013 - 09:00pm PT
So sorry Lisa...

RIP Steven...

--Kovar
labrat

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
May 8, 2013 - 09:11pm PT
Sorry to hear this ;-(

Good thoughts going out to family and friends.
Erik
Scott McNamara

climber
Tucson, Arizona
May 8, 2013 - 09:15pm PT
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/2133288/Bee-sting-death-near-Tucson
Leggs

Sport climber
Is this a trick question?
Topic Author's Reply - May 8, 2013 - 09:19pm PT
I just contacted my son to tell him about the loss... and to tell him how very much I love him.

Again... please be careful out there ... please. Anything can happen, as proven by this sad loss.

~peace to all
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
May 9, 2013 - 12:29am PT
I'm here in Bend with two Tucson climbers who were just stunned when they heard this news. Both agree that Steve was the nicest person you could ever meet.

So sorry for the loss to his family and all his friends.
hossjulia

climber
May 9, 2013 - 08:48am PT
Saddened to hear this. A huge loss.

My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Leggs

Sport climber
Is this a trick question?
Topic Author's Reply - May 9, 2013 - 09:57am PT
A huge loss... It's hard not to think of his family... and their hearts.

It was nice to visit the Pickle and share with him my memories of Steve, memories my son was too young to remember...

Memories of my first Beanfest... {smile}

This is a huge loss ... peace to all who had the honor of meeting Steve or spending time with him.


~
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
May 9, 2013 - 12:06pm PT
hey there say, leggs...

this is very sad, really awful, i am so very sorry to hear this...

when i lived in south texas, there were many times we read of deaths
from the bee stings, of killer-bees...

men that been mowing the lawn, a few were...

all were occuring where folks had done yard work, or
cleaned out old sheds, etc... :(

my condolences to this family and loved ones,
i am very sorry to hear he did not make it home to them, :(
crunch

Social climber
CO
May 9, 2013 - 12:57pm PT
Very sad.

Exploring for new routes in southern Arizona a couple years ago we kept running into these at one crag.

They seemed to be attracted to bright colors, and red in particular.

Warning seemed to be a bee would hover near your neck (and ears) with a low key, small but sort of industrial buzz. A bit higher pitched than other bees and flies.

I think the neck area is warmer, or they are attracted to the sweat, or something.

One bee was okay. Best to keep still, let it fly away. Being approached by several at once, or if they began landing on your neck, walking around, was a signal to quietly leave, ASAP. Main thing was to never try to bat at them, annoy them. Once they land it's very easy to accidentally antagonize them. Never did get stung.

Being on the ground felt okay, because a person can outrun them, get away. But tied in, up on a climb, was kind spooky.
Lloyd Campbell

Social climber
St. Cloud, MN
May 9, 2013 - 01:01pm PT
Being on the ground felt okay, because a person can outrun them, get away.

If that helps you sleep at night, that's cool, but I wouldn't necessarily take that belief to the bank, especially in rocky, cactus-filled, desert terrain where you're not going to be picking 'em up and putting 'em down as fast as you would on the flats (and none of us old fu*kers are exactly Usain Bolt in the first place).
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
May 9, 2013 - 03:07pm PT
Disturbing!

I once tied my dog up while bouldering. After the first problem I came down and he was freaking out. Apparently we disturbed the nearby bees. I rushed in and untied him. No idea how many stings he got, but I had 5.

Sad, sad loss.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
May 10, 2013 - 12:02am PT
Very sad, my condolences.
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