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the albatross

Gym climber
Flagstaff
Sep 1, 2014 - 01:47pm PT
Keisling photo
Keisling photo
Credit: the albatross


Snipped from an email from Brian:
"how many are there that can live based on integrity, authenticity and trust. those are the qualities that i respect. the rest is trash."
Jay

Trad climber
Fort Mill, SC
Sep 2, 2014 - 11:24am PT
RIP Brian... the only guy to resole my shoes in the last 10 years. Didn't know him other than by workmanship and sharing the love of climbing, which is a lot, but if he did anything else as well as he fixed up my shoes he will be sorely missed.

A bit of advice from my late and wonderful grandmother... "Life is for the living!" So, after the time for greaving is over go climb, or do whatever gives you vibrance in honor of Brian, yourself and all those who have come and gone in your life.

See y'all on the rocks!
Jay
the albatross

Gym climber
Flagstaff
Sep 2, 2014 - 05:11pm PT
Nice post, Jay. I think your right, Brian would want us to be stoked to follow our dreams and strive to be the best person possible.

Brian was an avid reader and book collector. For a few years we devoured every Chuck Palahnuik book we could get our grubby hands on, calling each other and reading lines from a book.
Favorites include: Fight Club, Survivor, and Choke.
Read and enjoy at your own risk!


While reading Choke, I typed this page out:

Credit: the albatross


eagle

Trad climber
new paltz, ny
Sep 2, 2014 - 06:50pm PT
DUDE LOOKED A BIT LIKE KID ROCK

HE GOT A LOT DONE A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME
Fluoride

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA/Joshua Tree
Sep 2, 2014 - 07:11pm PT
Albatross, thanks for the update on Brian's memorial. Sounds like he got amazing farewell. And very moving words on your part.
the albatross

Gym climber
Flagstaff
Sep 2, 2014 - 08:59pm PT
yeah eagle, you got this right fo sure: HE GOT A LOT DONE A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME.

I am grateful for the kind emails and words of support. There's lots more stories to share if folks continue to be interested. I like hearing all tales of how Brian changed a life. I am trying to be careful so that my posts show only respect and admiration for this great teacher.

Here's some more from the man:

"nature explores every possibility with it's creatures and the possibilities are infinite".

"it seems to me that we are all responsible to be exactly who we are. "the best "me" i can possibly be"


the albatross

Gym climber
Flagstaff
Sep 2, 2014 - 10:19pm PT
That man sure could climb. Brian especially enjoyed new routes and was the first to climb many hundreds of pitches.

Keisling phoo
Keisling phoo
Credit: the albatross
Cranking some moves, way out there out on the soft stuff.
greyghost

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV
Sep 2, 2014 - 10:26pm PT
It seems so strange to hear of Brian taking his life. Not so long ago in June 2014 he called me and we talked at length about some new lines and potential lines. We were developing in the same are. He seemed really positive. Often there I'd see him high on the wall on fixed lines and jugs cleaning and trundling.

Sad to have Brian not with us anymore
the albatross

Gym climber
Flagstaff
Sep 2, 2014 - 10:53pm PT
I hope that everyone can find their own peace in Brian's death. It was going to happen sooner or later, one way or another.

We are all going to die. Every lover, every parent, all of your friends and foes, even all your kids and grandkids and pets are going to die. All of us. Dead.

If you can grasp this reality you have come a long way towards living. And living is what we want to do until it is time to die. Become the best person that you can be. The time is now. You will not have much longer. You have a death sentence, a date with an execution and the clock is ticking.


Fly'n Brian McCray is still very much with us.
In our dreams, in our goals and in our memories, in these photos. Plus many hundred (or thousand) climbs for us to suffer on and enjoy.

We can keep Brian alive with the stories, the climbs, the memories, the love. I'm ready to hear of some more adventures.



Captain...or Skully

climber
in the oil patch...Fricken Bakken, that's where
Sep 2, 2014 - 11:01pm PT
When we climbed South Seas, he passed us climbing the PO Wall. He soloed it, then proceeded to climb another route before we got down. Made us look even slower than we were.
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
Sep 2, 2014 - 11:27pm PT
your a good bro albatross
Ronin

Trad climber
Franklin, WV
Sep 3, 2014 - 04:31am PT
Thank you, Brian, not just for the few times you shared that McCray energy with me in person, but for all you did here in West Virginia, and across the world.

You were a true ambassador of not only climbing, but the human race.

The good ones die young.... the pricks live on forever.
dougs510

Social climber
down south
Sep 3, 2014 - 04:41am PT
I'm sorry for your loss Ammon. You won't remember me, but we met when I was climbing with Bean in the valley several years back. Too many gone.... to young. Makes me really sad.
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Sep 3, 2014 - 04:42am PT
as many days as possible,
enter absurdly.

and see what happens.

after all,
we only live a few thousand times.

the albatross

Gym climber
Flagstaff
Sep 3, 2014 - 07:55am PT
Flo checked in on the thread and asked me to share this:

“Seeing the admiration for what Brian did on his own terms is truly comforting. Brian’s appetite for literature, art and history made him a renaissance man as well as an athlete and pioneer in his climbing endeavors. His legacy is one for us to honor and share”.





the albatross

Gym climber
Flagstaff
Sep 3, 2014 - 04:02pm PT
some dirty hole in the earth
some dirty hole in the earth
Credit: the albatross


more wisdom from Brian:

thieves can only steal. to truly create is a difficult job that few want to tackle.

the thief grows weaker. the creator grows stronger.
sandstone conglomerate

climber
sharon conglomerate central
Sep 3, 2014 - 04:06pm PT
RIP...Flyin' Brian resolved a pair of my Anasazis a few years back...Terrible to hear about this. Seemed like a good dude.
the albatross

Gym climber
Flagstaff
Sep 3, 2014 - 05:03pm PT
"every man and every woman is a star"
"every man and every woman is a star"
Credit: the albatross
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Ogden, Utah
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 9, 2014 - 10:39pm PT
Credit: ElCapPirate

Credit: ElCapPirate

Credit: ElCapPirate
kunlun_shan

Mountain climber
SF, CA
Sep 9, 2014 - 10:49pm PT
Thanks for bringing back this thread, Ammon!

edit - and thanks to RJ as well.
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