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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.
nah000

climber
canuckistan
Sep 9, 2014 - 11:00pm PT
thanks for fixing this cmac and/or co.
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
Sep 9, 2014 - 11:09pm PT
Booty!
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Sep 10, 2014 - 03:07am PT
Trade winds blow the divi divi tree, a weed in sand, an impossible scary stand against the blast
Moon and tide sun bleached wood as much dead as alive the div divi strong and weak barkless sends a shadow much greater is that beauty in rhyme and moon light.

By day the look is strange twisted knurled completely haggard and seemingly alone
Sands of time scream past as winds take their toll bent in doaist prayer div divi shakes

Casting the only shadow and so a little shade on the edges of a beach on the edges of the world
Pyrse built of it's fallen wood sing as they burn and those sent home by this fire go into the great void less alone for that song Divi Divi Flying Brian so long




Of Oak and Pine great Ball sycamore and Red wood sequoia they stand there in majesty unquestioned
In contrast half living and all seeing Joshua tree holds out as one of us taken by the spirit that
Kept low attainable a child's hopes and dreams that life may be all good

Spirit inside so contained in a weedy wood the desert has provided in moon light the spirit haunts the view a living thing and scary in singular alone just one against the rising dawn

I know that some are haunting sad none seem to smile unless in a stand of six or seven all
In sight of each other with deep roots that must be entwined
a mile of earth scanned thirty joshes, I see a man and then he is gone was he ever there at all

Yes and no a spirit that survived the fall but who's only road was too lonely to make it go



the albatross

Gym climber
Flagstaff
Sep 10, 2014 - 10:23am PT
Ammon thanks for getting this back up. When you're ready it's going to be great hearing some stories of those speed ascents. Do you have that pic of when Brian put the beak through his palm?
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