The Official Gabe Mcneely Appreciation Thread AAarrrgghhh!!

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maui_mark

Big Wall climber
under a coconut tree
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 25, 2006 - 04:12pm PT
Post up people.

We all hear alot about Aamon. But we never really hear about Brother Gabe.

I first met those two at the Alcove Swing. When Aamon did his drop from the 3rd pitch of South Seas...holy fuk'n chit...

gabe convinced these 2 japanesse guys to do the swing. ONly one did it in the end.

Even after a few years of seeing him he remembered my name. doens't sound like a big deal, but how many people do you meet that will remember you and treat you like a friend/climbing partner.??

Gabe has a solid heart like his brother. He is there to help others. Regardless of their climbing ability. Aamon as well don't get me wrong.

This last summer he helped alot of people carry loads to the base encouraging them on their next adventure on the high sea. Even signed on as a second mate to help 2 long time buddies climb the captian.

Gabe, my brother from another mother, Im glad to cross paths with you. You are a solid person and friend. Anytime you need a vacation, as well as your bro....Im on Maui.

Merry X-mas and happy new year. And I'd be stoked to do the North American Wall with ya next summer.

AArrrggghhh

Maui Mark
elcapfool

Big Wall climber
hiding in plain sight
Dec 25, 2006 - 05:22pm PT
A-Yup, he's a righteous dude, that's for sure.
Nefarius

Big Wall climber
Fresno, CA
Dec 25, 2006 - 06:55pm PT
A few images of Gabe from a recent adventure with he and Ammon...

You hit me hard that time, f*#ker!

Sleepy Time

Gabe on Approach to the High Seas

Yeah, stand right there, bro...

My personal favorite...
Breakfast of Champions!

Arrrrrgghhhh! Ahoy, Gabe! Hope your holidays were stellar, dude!

aldude

climber
Monument Manor
Dec 26, 2006 - 12:19am PT
Party On Gabe....The Enforcer!!
addiroid

Big Wall climber
Long Beach, CA
Dec 26, 2006 - 12:36am PT
I first met Gabe up in the Pinnacles of Big Bear abot 5 years ago. For some reason I was up there just farting around with a girl I was dating at the time, came upon these guys climbing, recognized Ammon from Todd's house in Josh, and just chatted for a bit. I think Gabe must have been a bit heavier muscle-wise back then (compared to the pics above) because when Ammon introduced me to his brother, I thought he was half bear. But then I hear of his exploits and that he is just as bad-assed on the rock as his brother, I came to realize that he is just a Monkey like the rest of them.

But yeah, both of those guys are the most genuine, nicest folks I have met. It's nice to see some true experts that don't hog all of the media lime-light like some skinny dorks with mattresses strapped to their back do.

Thanks for bringing positive vibes to all those you encounter!!!
Mike.

climber
Dec 26, 2006 - 10:41am PT
Few people--let alone climbers--in the world with a heart as big as Gabe's. Can't think of anyone I'd rather "tie one on" with. Here's to one solid rock of a partner and friend. "OOOOOHHH!! BLaw, I see you in the bushes..!!"

elcap-pics

climber
Crestline CA
Dec 26, 2006 - 01:26pm PT
Yo... gabe is one of the people I admire the most in this sport... friendly to a fault... always considerate... way too generous for his own good... a real man's man. Here's to you gabe.. long may you run...
Tom
trapeze artemis

climber
Surf City
Dec 26, 2006 - 01:56pm PT
Here's to ya Gabe
I'll hoist a shot of Tahkillya in your name the next time I'm drinking at the Shorehouse
Ammon

Big Wall climber
El Cap
Dec 26, 2006 - 02:58pm PT

Look what you've done, Gabe...

.... now, you have a reputation to uphold, haa haa.

Yep, I'm lucky to have a brother and a friend like Gabe. Here's one of my favorite pics....

Here's to ya bro, you da man.

Photo: Jarle Jorgensen

Nice thread Mark!!!

Happy Holidays!
Thelma

climber
CA
Dec 26, 2006 - 07:27pm PT


Damn Pirate! Now I can't get my kid outta the trees!

maui_mark

Big Wall climber
under a coconut tree
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 26, 2006 - 10:04pm PT
Thanx Aamon. But you and your bro made my summer climbing trip stellar. I felt bad about missing him on my last day for a ride to Tahoe....but I got caught up spending sometime with someone.

Let me know if you ever make it back out here Aamon...you should take gabe with you next time.

I got my B licence at Pacific Skydive on the N. shore of O'ahu. So you should even come out for some jumping. And I want to ask you something(aamon) about next summer...

We'll chat.

I like that pic. of Gabe. Its fuk'n funny.

Aloha gabe and Aamon.
Gabe

climber
San Clemente, CA
Dec 26, 2006 - 11:28pm PT
Wow! Thanks for all the kind words. Thanks to all my friends and family for making MY life a great pair of eyeballs to look through. :0 Gabe McNeely
joebuzz

Trad climber
Truckee, CA.
Dec 27, 2006 - 10:26am PT
Is this the Maui Mark I'm thinkun' it is? Reply to tahoejoebuzz@hotmail.com if so.

Peace
Mike.

climber
Dec 27, 2006 - 10:37am PT
The mighty seafarer preps for a hooking pitch

Ammon

Big Wall climber
El Cap
Sep 10, 2007 - 07:47pm PT


Pirates on set


Helping with the O'Neill ascent


Exploring for boulders at the Red Rocks Rendezvous


Preparing for an ascent with Fred


After a long night of working and morning of drinking in Kansas City

Mike.

climber
Sep 11, 2007 - 02:31pm PT
One more big-ass monkey call to Cannon McN.

OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Taking care of everyone before hisself--that's the hallmark of Gabe. The pure gold of the climbing community. SOLID!
Euroford

Trad climber
chicago
Sep 11, 2007 - 03:27pm PT
i have on many occasions experienced the madness of two mcneely's (ammon and austin), i could only imagine the fun to be had if gabe was present to make a three pack of em.

just gunna have to make that stuff happen someday!

Mike.

climber
Sep 11, 2007 - 04:24pm PT
Eurofod, that's a highly volatile combination...ka-BOOM!! Party time!

Just imagine those three on a single portaledge hanging bivy...legend has it it actually happened. (And the FISH survived...)



To McNeelys far and wide...AYE, LADS & LASSES! GO WEST, YOUNG MEN (& WOMEN)!
Ottawa Doug

Social climber
Ottawa, Canada
Sep 11, 2007 - 06:38pm PT
I met Gabe at "the bridge" on June 1/07. I was just coming to hang with Tom and the guys after a wall. The next 5 days were spent sharing beers, lies and the odd smoke with one of the most laid back guys you will ever meet. I look forward to seeing you next time I make it to the valley. Live long, strong and wild.

Cheers,

Doug
deuce4

Big Wall climber
the Southwest
Sep 11, 2007 - 10:21pm PT
truly rad dudes

baaaaaaaaad asssssssssss
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