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Kartch

climber
belgrade, mt
Jun 8, 2007 - 10:52am PT
Get well Bobby, your pics are an inspiration for a hack like me.

Sending good vibes your way.

Some Bobby pics are found at this site http://www.coldfear.com/
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 8, 2007 - 11:10am PT
So sorry to hear this. Sending positive thoughts...
Wild Bill

climber
Ca
Jun 8, 2007 - 11:48am PT
Hope this turns out OK. Peace to his friends and family. Here's a pic from the Trango Tower free climb:




Jeff Bechtel, Todd Skinner, Mike Lilygren, and Bobby Model.

Peace,

Bill McMahon
feelio Babar

Trad climber
Sneaking up behind you...
Jun 8, 2007 - 12:00pm PT
Much postive energy to Bobby...and family.
elemental

Gym climber
Jun 8, 2007 - 01:11pm PT
Hey everyone, I know most of you have probably heard, but here is the latest update on Bobby's situation:

Please pass this along -

Information is scant at this point but what I have heard from Faith (Bobby's sister) is that Bobby, Faith and two others were in a car together when someone deliberately threw a cinder block type object through the window – not sure if it was through the windshield, the side window or directly into the car – and it hit Bobby in the head. He suffered severe trauma to his brain and underwent brain surgery yesterday. He came out of the surgery and is stable now having been out of surgery for more than half a day. The critical step is remaining stable for the next 36 or so hours. Anne is on her way to Cape Town right now and should arrive this evening our time (tomorrow morning in Cape Town). I’ll send along information about Bobby’s condition as I learn more.

He’ll be heartened to learn that so many people are concerned and thinking of him right now.
elemental

Gym climber
Jun 8, 2007 - 01:13pm PT
From the Cape Town newspaper:

AN international adventure photographer, who has survived working in war zones and remote mountain ascents, is fighting for his life after his bakkie was stoned on Baden Powell Drive on Thursday.
Last year Bobby Model, 34, an American visiting Cape Town from his home in Kenya, was named by the National Geographic So¬ciety as one of their “emerging explorers”.
This is a title bequeathed annually to what they describe as “dynamic personalities who are making a significant contribution to world knowledge through exploration”.
Model was being driven by his sister, Faith, 32, from Stellenbosch to Scarborough about 2pm to visit a friend when their vehicle was hit near the Monwabisi resort.
He had been in Cape Town for just two days and was due to have left for Johannesburg yesterday.
Instead he is in a critical condition on life-support in the Vergelegen Medi-Clinic in Somerset West. His sister has been at his bedside since the incident.
Faith’s partner, South African Hans Pieter Bakker, said the pair had been driving his vehicle, a Nissan bakkie twin cab, when it was hit by “a chunk of concrete about the size of a melon”. The rock smashed through the windscreen and hit Model in the head. His sister was not hurt.
Bakker, a former Cape Argus journalist who also lives in Kenya where he works in the field of emerging media, was back in Stellenbosch on a sabbatical when Model came to South Africa for a break. This was his first visit to Cape Town.
“He’d been here for just two days and fell in love with Cape Town overnight,” said Bakker. “We visited Franschhoek and also went climbing. Bobby was really upbeat about this place - he was even talking about buying property here.
“He’s an amazing guy, a great climber and a great photographer.”
Model and his sister are from Wyoming, where he started rock climbing at the age of 15.
After completing a degree in environmental economics he did an internship with Rich Clarkson, a former director of photography at National Geographic Magazine.
In a brief biography on the National Geographic Emerging Explorers website, Model wrote after covering an incident in Sudan’s civil war: “Moments like this make me realise that wherever we are, people have certain universal emotions. We’re really all the same. I hope my work in these places will have some sort of meaning, bring new awareness, and help change situations.”
He also wrote: “Sometimes I have to kick myself when I take my life for granted.”
Police spokeswoman Inspector Bernadine Steyn confirmed the incident occurred at 2pm on Baden Powell Drive, near the Harare area of Khayelitsha as the Model siblings were driving towards Muizenberg.
She said no arrests had been made. Police were investigating a case of attempted murder.
Susan Muller, spokeswoman for Vergelegen Medi-Clinic, said Model was in the intensive care unit. “He is in critical condition. His sister has been at his beside. I cannot tell you more than that.”
In the past year there has been a spate of stone-throwing on Cape Town's busiest roads, particularly on the notorious N2 hell run. Last year this road claimed the life of Nolan Daniels after a brick was hurled through his windscreen.
In March a vagrant was arrested for after two stone-throwing incidents on the M3.Two motorists were driving towards Claremont when their vehicles were hit by stones shortly after 5pm. No one was injured
In June last year, community safety MEC Leonard Ramatlakane launched a plan to boost policing on highways.
He said patrols on key routes - the N2, the R300, the N1 and the M3 - were to be boosted. The police agreed to deploy 26 dedicated patrol officers, the Metro police 40, and provincial traffic 26. A total of 46 vehicles were to be deployed, up from the seven already in use. Ramatlakane also promised that the city would repair inactive closed-circuit television cameras on major routes.
Anyone with information can contact Superintendent Andrew Tobias at the Harare Police station on (021) 363 9031.
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Bodega, CA
Jun 8, 2007 - 01:31pm PT
speachless. Many prayers going out to you brother.
Lambone

Ice climber
Ashland, Or
Jun 8, 2007 - 03:18pm PT
Man, very sad...I hope he pulls through. I met Bobby in his stomping grounds of the South Fork Ice Climbing area. He was very welcoming towards us.
looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
Jun 8, 2007 - 03:25pm PT
Best wishes for a full recovery to Bobby.
wiclimber

Trad climber
devil's lake, wi
Jun 8, 2007 - 03:30pm PT
This is a terrible accident. Positive vibes go out to him and his family/friends.

I hope they catch the f^cker that did it, but more important, I hope he recovers from it.

Bobby is obviously very talented and well liked.
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Bodega, CA
Jun 8, 2007 - 03:43pm PT
His stunning imagery: http://www.bobbymodel.com/
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jun 9, 2007 - 01:16am PT
hoping for a good outcome
horst

Trad climber
Lancaster, PA
Jun 9, 2007 - 09:28am PT
My prayers are with you Bobby.
paganmonkeyboy

Trad climber
the blighted lands of hatu
Jun 9, 2007 - 09:36am PT
Very Sad Indeed. Sending some positive energy...
Tom
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 9, 2007 - 10:59pm PT
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2007-06-09-photographer-safrica_N.htm

Article regarding this on USAToday online today. (I know, I know, I look at many different news outlets and this is only one of them. :) )
locker

Trad climber
Joshua Tree Ca
Jun 9, 2007 - 11:06pm PT
I have never met Bobby but this is VERY awful news...


best wishes to ALL concerned...


especially Bobby...


Laura Francis-Brown

Social climber
Cody
Jun 10, 2007 - 11:44am PT
Wishing Bobby all the best from his friends here in Cody. We all want him to come home to us.
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 10, 2007 - 10:36pm PT
Any update? I know these first days after such an accident are informative for long-term prognosis. Hoping to hear some good news.
elemental

Gym climber
Lander, Wyoming
Jun 11, 2007 - 11:10am PT
This came today from one of Bobby's friends in SA:

Dear Friends

Bobby's condition is unchanged. Please know that we will inform you as soon as practically possible by email as soon as anything substantive changes.

Bobby's girlfriend Mariella and Faith have been at his side from the beginning. They have kept up a constant vigil. They talk to him and touch him all the time.

Anne, Faith and Bobby’s mom, who arrived yesterday morning, has been a tremendous support to us all and late last night Anne Walton, a very good friend of both Bobby and Faith arrived. Bob Model, Bobby's dad, is arriving tomorrow evening.

To all the many offers to fly in and help us out, thanks very, very much. For now, we are doing OK. But it is good to know that there is so much support out there.

Hans-Peter


"Sometimes I have to kick myself when I take my life for granted,"..."I've been fortunate to go so many places and witness so many amazing human moments. I'll never forget sitting on a rock shelf in the hill country of northern Kenya. The moon was rising and drums began sounding from a village far below. Nothing was staged; it was all perfectly real. Hearing that ceremony at the beginning of a new millennium, 300 miles from the nearest power grid, was just unbelievable." Bobby Model 2006
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 11, 2007 - 11:16am PT
Thanks for the update. Best wishes...
Wild Bill

climber
Ca
Jun 11, 2007 - 12:22pm PT
Micro, yes Bobby was on the Trango climb with Skinner et al. (I posted a pic above). I believe the thing with Steve's wife went unresolved, with clues filtering out of the community but no resolution. The Wyoming crew has been hit hard this last year indeed.

Best wishes to all as we stand by to hear more about Bobby's condition.

Bill
Erynne Selk

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 11, 2007 - 01:26pm PT
Hans-Peter,
Thank you so much for keeping us informed. Please relay to Faith that we are praying for and thinking of Bobby. If we could physically be there, we would. Know that we are there in spirit and a minute does not go by that we are not thinking of your family.
We love you. Tell Bobby we're here.
Erynne, Ryan, Jan, Jake, Heather, Lyon, Nick, Meg, Jay, H.R., Hollywood
(we have all been in phone contact and will continue to pray together and encourage positive thoughts)
elemental

Gym climber
Lander, Wyoming
Jun 11, 2007 - 01:50pm PT
Dear friends

Today was tough.

Bobby had a brain scan this morning. The doctors tell us that his condition
has deteriorated. The contusion appears to have spread and is putting
pressure on his brain stem. He is not in any pain and his vitals are being
kept stable. He has not regained consciousness.

We expect some additional procedures tomorrow and will let you know the
outcome.

The hospital and the nurses continue to be tremendously supportive and
professional.

Bob, his dad, is arriving later tonight.

Love from all of us

Anne, Anne, Faith, Mariella, Peter and Hans-Peter
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 11, 2007 - 01:51pm PT
Thanks for taking the time to let us know.
Mees

climber
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:46pm PT
Hey Cody folks,
warm wishes to all of you!
People all over the world are praying for Bobby.
He is one of the toughest, resilient guys i've ever met.
Sometimes things get a little worse BEFORE they get better and that is clearly the case here. Thanks for the updates from SA, while I am almost scared to answer the phone or read the news, it's good to have an update from the source.
The most positive healing energy I can conjure is sent to Bobby,
Bob, Anne, Faith the Nielsons and all the rest of you great people that are assisting.
Let's keep our heads up.

PS GOD please get cracking on this Bobby is a busy guy!
Heather Merten- Cowden

Social climber
Hagerman
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:52pm PT
I met Bobby and the Cody Gang at the University of Wyoming. Bobby actually took me on one of my first climbs at Ve da Voo. I have always thought Bobby was amazing.
This whole situation saddens me and my family deeply.
I work in medicine now , and know they do amazing things, I have hope. I think Bobby is strong, and with loved ones at his side, and positive thoughts and prayers from around the world he can pull through.

Heather and Jake Cowden
Scott Bragonier

climber
Cody Native
Jun 11, 2007 - 03:07pm PT
I wanted to reiterate what Erynne and the others have said, thank you for keeping us informed. We are all hanging on for each bit of information, so than you for the updates. I know I’m not the only one who feels so helpless being this far away. Pat’s right about things getting worse before getting better. I have a co-worker who suffered a very similar head injury, and was left in the same state as Bobby. Like Bobby, after several days he took a turn for the worse. He was unconscious and unresponsive for over six weeks, and then slowly he came around. I don’t think anything can keep Bobby down for long. Bob, Anne, and Faith, we love you and our prayers are with you and Bobby.

Scott Bragonier
Standing Strong

Trad climber
real eyes realize real life
Jun 11, 2007 - 03:34pm PT
best wishes to the friends and family. i'm sending prayers for him.
Kcj27511

climber
Jun 11, 2007 - 04:31pm PT
We echo all of the above sentiments and send prayers for Bobby's recovery and strength for his family.

Keri and Kelley Peterson
Katy and Joe Asay

climber
worland, wy
Jun 11, 2007 - 05:57pm PT
It's amazing how tragedy reminds us what is really important in this life-the lives that we touch and the memories that we make. Bobby has touched lives and created memories all over the world, and now we are all united by that. I have not spent much time with Bobby in many years, but seeing his photography shows me what an amazing person he is, and makes me hopeful for his recovery. We are praying for him, and for you, Faithy, and for your family.
TYeary

Mountain climber
Calif.
Jun 11, 2007 - 06:02pm PT
Hoping for a complete and speedy recovery for Bobby.
Good thoughts spinning out into space for you Bobby.
Tony
elemental

Gym climber
Lander, Wyoming
Jun 11, 2007 - 06:04pm PT
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/06/070611-geographic-model.html
nita

climber
chico ca
Jun 11, 2007 - 08:03pm PT
Thoughts of healing and prayers, for you Bobby.
SDM

climber
NY, NY
Jun 11, 2007 - 08:20pm PT
Stay strong Faith. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sean
Cruiser

Mountain climber
Cody
Jun 11, 2007 - 11:36pm PT
My deepest sympathy and prayers for my friend and climbing student Bobby Model. My Brother Todd and I taught Bobby the art of alpine exploration. His vision of the outdoors and the people of other cultures is a true inspiration to us all. Let us hope for recovery for him and peace to his family.

Sincerely,

Kirt D. Cozzens
Largo

Sport climber
Venice, Ca
Jun 12, 2007 - 12:21am PT
Sending supportive thoughts!

JL
kswope

Social climber
Cody, Wyoming
Jun 12, 2007 - 02:22am PT
Dear Faith, Anne and Bob,
Words cannot express our deepest regret given these circumstances... but know our innermost hopes and prayers are with you and your family. We agonize together, in hopes you find both spritual and physical strength from our love and friendship we share.
Love,
Ken and Fran Swope
Mr. Southfork

Ice climber
Cody, WY
Jun 12, 2007 - 09:55am PT
I'm totally torn up by this terrible situation.... Bobby has always been one of the most positive, outgoing and enthusiastic characters in the small community of Cody. Thanks to all for the updates. My thoughts are focused on a quick and total recovery.

Sincerely,

Todd G. Cozzens
handsome B

Gym climber
SL,UT
Jun 12, 2007 - 12:18pm PT
I never met Bobby but his talent and enthusiasm is undeniable.
Best wishes to his friends and family.
Be strong Bobby.
Betsy Goodyear

climber
Patadise Valley, Arizona
Jun 12, 2007 - 12:29pm PT
Faith, Anne, Jim et al: We send love and prayers of support. Be strong. Betsy and Frank
Joan Donner

Social climber
Colorado Springs, CO
Jun 12, 2007 - 01:34pm PT
THOUGHTS and PRAYERS to all of you. Sending our dearest love! Joan & Bob
JoeMax

Mountain climber
Belfry
Jun 12, 2007 - 02:16pm PT
Hello Models,
We are with you all.Doctors do amazing things anymore,I'm living proof.Bobby I'm here, pull on me !I'll let you know when you have had enough. Great to read notes from the group of family Bobby has developed over the years. Your Pardo's JOE
mark musser

Social climber
cody, wy
Jun 12, 2007 - 02:42pm PT
bobby, family & friends

bobby,
You are in our thoughts & prayers. I know everyone here in Cody is pulling for you!

Bob, Anne, Faith & friends
You are in our thoughts & prayers also. We wish the best for you & bobby! Remember that you are being thought of..

Thanks for the updates.
Mark Musser & family
kdriese

Social climber
Laramie, WY
Jun 12, 2007 - 02:51pm PT
As is true of everyone I've been thinking of Bobby and family ever since first getting the news of the accident from Steve Bechtel. Also spreading the word to old friends who all went to school here in Laramie with Bobby. Just wanted to write to let family know that lots of people who they may not have heard from directly are thinking of them. Best, Ken Driese.
elemental

Gym climber
Lander, Wyoming
Jun 12, 2007 - 03:24pm PT
THE LATEST INFORMATION FROM BOBBY'S SISTER, FAITH:

Dearest friends and family,

This is Faith writing. I don't know that there are words to express how your
love, support, thoughts, prayers and warmth have been gently carrying us
through this time of deep pain and confusion. I'm at a loss for words other
than to tell you that my brother is surrounded by your love and prayers and
hope--it permeates every inch of the ICU and I find the nurses and doctors
are also struck by the constant stream of loving support that surrounds my
brother. You are all an extraordinary gift to Bobby and to us all. But I
know especially that Bobby is deeply deeply touched by your loving words,
warm thoughts and most of all sincere hope.

There is not much news today. Little changes here and there and he has a
chest infection, but they will change his antibiotics. We will keep you
updated, of course.

I'm sorry we haven't been able to answer messages personally, but know that
we are ever grateful and that Bobby is receiving everything.

We are all sending love and thanks,

Faith

One more thing: I just want to say that everyday we witness small and
wonderful miracles. We've had strangers who have read about Bobby in the
newspaper travel far distances to the hospital with tears in their eyes just
to see if we were okay and needed any assistance.
Big B

climber
Cody, Wyoming
Jun 12, 2007 - 03:36pm PT
Everyone here at KBL Technologies send our best wishes and prayers to Bobby, Faith, and family. We have known Bobby and Faith since high school and know them to be strong people.

Our thoughts are with the Model Family!
Sharon Baker

Social climber
Powell, WY
Jun 12, 2007 - 03:40pm PT
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God love and cherish Bobby.
Much love, Sharon and Bill Baker
Wendy Cortez

climber
Cody
Jun 12, 2007 - 03:55pm PT
Faith and Family,
I am deeply saddened to hear about Bobby, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this trying time.
Love, Wendy
JBoydston

climber
Dirty South
Jun 12, 2007 - 04:05pm PT
Bobby was one of the first real climbers I met growing up in Cody. He was about 4-5 years older than I and I looked up to him greatly at the time, partly because I was shocked that any of the real climbers would give a teenage noob the time of day, and of course he was already an excellent climber back then. I've enjoyed keeping tabs on his accomplishments over the years and am very saddened to hear of this tragedy.

My humble prayers for the best go out to Bobby, Faith and the rest of the Models.

Jeremy Boydston
Pink Way

Social climber
Cody, WY
Jun 12, 2007 - 04:38pm PT
We were totaly devastated upon hearing about Bobby's accident. Not only having been a neighbor watching Bobby and Faith grow up, but also having our son work for Bobby, we have kept up with his activities over the years. Bobby has been a mentor for Loren and I know they still communicate. Our thoughts are with all of you and we pray for a full recovery.

Love, Pink, Jack and Loren Way
ronald

Social climber
bainbridge island, Wa
Jun 12, 2007 - 05:32pm PT
We're visualizing positive change for Bobby. All our love to him and everyone encircling him. Karen Burke & Drew Reynolds

love you missy!!!!!!
tals

climber
VIRGINIA
Jun 12, 2007 - 06:42pm PT
Hello Models-
As everyone is, I too am sending thoughts and prayers your way. Please know that I am here to give you as much support as your family gave to me when Tyler passed.
Hang in there Bobby...
Love you guys-
Talia Chambers-Kenney/Chris Kenney
Maleski

climber
Bozeman
Jun 12, 2007 - 06:49pm PT
bobby,
You've come a long way since the bridge bands, touching lives and accomplishing purposeful feats way beyond the scope of climbing. There is a world of people pulling for you and your family. Our hopes and prayers are with all of you.

Pete and Teri Maleski
GhoulweJ

Trad climber
Sacramento, CA
Jun 12, 2007 - 09:20pm PT
Big positive vibes going your way.
Erynne Selk

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 12, 2007 - 10:36pm PT
Faith,
I've been struggling- wanting to talk to you, not being able to reach you, wondering whether it's appropriate to try. I need you to know that I'm thinking of you every second and if you do need me, I'm here any second. Don't look at the time, just call 272-9019.
I'm sorry for the lack of discretion, but this is the only way I know to reach you right now.
Blinny

Trad climber
TheHolyMont
Jun 12, 2007 - 10:41pm PT
Trying, with all our might, to keep your MAGIC alive!

oxox

TheBlinnys
kaloo

climber
CO
Jun 12, 2007 - 11:10pm PT
Anne and all the family - My thoughts and prayers are with you - you have so much support from all over the world - much love, Kathy Loo
Cole Greer

climber
Red Lodge MT
Jun 12, 2007 - 11:11pm PT
Models

Our thoughts go out to you. I hope everything turns out o.k.

Cole
EmilyDusel

climber
Jun 12, 2007 - 11:58pm PT
Model Family,
Sending our love and good thoughts your way.

-Clay, Emily and Madelyn
jet

climber
red lodge mt
Jun 13, 2007 - 12:13am PT
Anne,Bob,and Faith Keep the strong possitive attitudes. time has a way of healing. All our thoughts and energy are with you all. Your pal Kerry and family
char

Social climber
cody,wy
Jun 13, 2007 - 12:21am PT
Bobby and Family
We are sending all our prayers and hopes for all of you. Bobby, you have a lot of dreams to fulfill and the energy to live them. God is with you Mike and Char Stewart-McCue
HR Coe

climber
Cody,WY
Jun 13, 2007 - 01:53am PT
I just wanted to say that myself and my family are all praying for bobby. Sometimes life really stinks how bad things happen to good people, but all we can do is pray for bobby and hope for a speedy recovery. He is one of the most resilient people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and I have no doubt that if anyone can persevere through an accident like this one it is bobby. To Bob, Anne, and Faith my prayers are with all of you and if there is anything I or my family can do to help you through this time please let me know.
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 13, 2007 - 09:13am PT
Does anyone have some photos of Bobby? They'd be great to see here.
elemental

Gym climber
Lander, Wyoming
Jun 13, 2007 - 09:14am PT
"Bobby, a budding photographer as well as talented climber, had a reputation for being unkillable. The twenty-two-year-old Cody, Wyoming, native had recently graduated from the University of Wyoming and was primed for adventure. His gangly length and elvish features belied his deliberate nature. I found out he was steady, and he was unstoppable. Bobby would become the most fearless member of our expedition..."

-Todd Skinner, Beyond the Summit
Mees

climber
Jun 13, 2007 - 09:58am PT
I wanted to express my thanks to Chris McNamara and the staff at Supertopo for providing a forum like this for us to commune. Also, I'd like to thank the many climbers and others who post here for their encouraging words and their amazing compassion.

Bobby and I had just bolted a route at the island in Cody. We were pulling the rope and a baseball sized chunk of granite that we had missed when we were cleaning screamed down and cracked him right above the eye. I was horrified, Bobby turned white and was screaming, I applied direct pressure to the wound and tried to calm him and myself as we groveled through the tunnels to the car. We raced to the hospital with all kinds of scary thoughts , Bobby was on the verge of going into shock. We got to the E-room, Bobby got some stitches and had a few tests and was turned loose. He had a world class shiner but other than that was healthy and happy.
Cyclops was out climbing again a few days later!
Lyon Davis

Social climber
Cody, Wy
Jun 13, 2007 - 10:46am PT
Bobby has been a great friend since grade school. I remember when he was 14 and couldn't drive. I was 17 and his mom let us take her new Saab up to Sleeping Giant to go skiing one morning. We were testing it out, you know seeing what it could do on the way home and got chased by the highway patrol. I was driving and he was giving me updates on how close the cop was while we were out running him. We were both scared, but having way too much fun to stop. To try to lose the cop, we drove up to one of the old lodges and hid out for a couple of hours, then drove home, on the lookout. That about sums up my friend ship with Bobby over the years. There were always cops, high speeds and fun times all through highschool and college.
Janet Cozzens

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 13, 2007 - 10:49am PT
To the Model Family- This tragic event has saddened my heart greatly. I talk to Bobby regurlarly when he is next door, sometimes holding his mail, other times just to say "Hi". You are all in my thoughts and prayers and I hope for a speedy recovery, just as this network of friends here do. Anne, I am thinking of you alot during this time. I can't imagine what it must be like to have a precious child in this situation. My heart goes out to you and Bob both.

Sincerely,
Janet Cozzens

Ricki

Sport climber
Cody, WY
Jun 13, 2007 - 11:00am PT
We were very upset to hear about Bobby. Thank you for all of the updates on his situation. We all appreciate it and it is obvious how many people from everywhere he has made a great impression on. Thoughts and prayers in your direction Bobby to get back to inspiring us all through your adventures and photos. Our photo professor in Laramie, K.S., also sends his best regards.

Get better Bobby, you have ALOT of people pulling for you!

Heather Merten- Cowden

Social climber
Hagerman
Jun 13, 2007 - 11:42am PT
Faith,
Please let Bobby know that Sonja Kireilis and I continue to pull for him. Every ounce of positive energy is being sent to him every minute. Even though we don't get to hang out anymore like we all did in College, we need Bobby out there doing what he does. He is a hero. We want to see more photos and cruise threw his website imaging what it would be like If we could be on his next adventure. He needs to cause some more trouble with Jake and Lyon, Selk,and Nick!!! Keep fighting Bobby!!!
Love Heather and Sonja.
betsysell

Social climber
Cody, WY
Jun 13, 2007 - 11:53am PT
Faith, Anne, Jim, and Bob,
All of us here in Cody have you all and Bobby in our thoughts and prayers!
Dan and Betsy Sell
Bill Rohrbach

climber
Cody,Wyo
Jun 13, 2007 - 12:20pm PT
Bob, Anne, Faith and friends: Faith, we really appreciate your up-date. You and Bobby have been in our family’s constant thoughts and prayers since we first heard of the incident. We are all confident that if anyone can overcome the odds, Bobby can. Very few have his determination, tenacity and inter-strength. And he has the love, support and prayers of many as expressed on this website. We love you guys. The Rohrbachs
kelly jackson

Social climber
Cody/Laramie
Jun 13, 2007 - 01:34pm PT
Hi from laramie,
Faith, I believe Bobby will pull through this. You and your family have always been so kind and so positive to everyone you come in contact with and that amazing energy you have will be there for you when you all need it the most. Please tell Bobby to keep fighting!

Love to all of you,
Kelly and Tommy Jackson
Caryn-Cole's sister

Social climber
Minneapolis, MN
Jun 13, 2007 - 01:42pm PT
I remember Bobby as a ski racer back in the day! My thoughts and prayer are with Bobby and your family. Hope all ends well.
Chris Mees

climber
Jun 13, 2007 - 01:51pm PT
To Ann, Bob, and Faith, my thoughts and deepest spirits are with all of you. Bobby, everyone is pulling for you, hang in there my freind. It has been amazing to watch you accomplish everything you have done, and we want more! Hang in there Bobby.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Jun 13, 2007 - 02:30pm PT
I have never met Bobby but I wish him the best. What's the latest on his condition?
judy

Social climber
Collorado
Jun 13, 2007 - 02:56pm PT
Dear Anne and Family, our hearts and love go out to you. Bobby is such a phenomenal person in every way, and a wonderful son and brother as well. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

with love and hope,
judy and Buz Sellers
Karen Gibbons

climber
Cody/Laramie
Jun 13, 2007 - 03:14pm PT
I cannot think of anyone who has climbed more treacherous
landscapes than Bobby, so I know of know one better equiped for this difficult journey. We are all cheering Bobby on as he climbs out of this abyss.

So know this, everyone who knows or knows of Bobby and his family, is praying that he reaches the summit and comes back to all of us.
gena howald

Trad climber
jackson, wyoming
Jun 13, 2007 - 03:26pm PT
Hang in there Bobby! I want to go back, and bag another ascent of the Totem Pole...
David & All of Us in Greenwich

climber
Greenwich, CT
Jun 13, 2007 - 04:06pm PT
Dear Bobby,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and knowing how strong you always are, we pray with all our hearts for your complete and total recovery. Thinking of you and all your family who we know are around you at this shocking moment in your life.

David, Annie, Charlotte, Wells, Field & All of Us in Greenwich
rhlehman

climber
London (Cody native)
Jun 13, 2007 - 04:13pm PT
Dear Models,

I was very saddened to hear about this. I have not been in touch with Bobby for years, so my wife and I have been browsing web sites featuring his work and his story - I am amazed by his achievements and the life he is leading. He truly is someone for you to take great pride in.

My family's thoughts and prayers are with you, and our hearts go out to you. Bobby - pull through.

Ryan & Eugenia Lehman
Val2

climber
Jun 13, 2007 - 04:47pm PT
Sending you warm thoughts and positive vibes. Bobby is a great inspiration. I'm writing as a friend of Kira Salak, a National Geo writer he's worked with on assignments to Libya and Iran. She's always spoken very highly of him. We're pulling for him!

Val Wedel
Columbia, Missouri
Elaine Bergner

climber
Colorado
Jun 13, 2007 - 04:53pm PT
Ann and Faith: We are stunned to hear about this devastating event and send you all of our best thoughts and wishes. Elaine Bergner (Peggy's sis)
kansaslady

Social climber
Manhattan, KS
Jun 13, 2007 - 05:24pm PT
Bobby, we knew you when you were a young man. Bobby, Faith, Ann, and Bob our thoughts and prayers are with you. Clark and Christy Linders
Fi

Trad climber
Lymington, UK
Jun 13, 2007 - 06:26pm PT
My sister, Annabelle Thom, phoned me in tears 4 days ago from Shanghai where she had come to hear of Bobby's accident. She lives in Kenya and is a good friend of Bobby and Mariella. She phoned me to ask if I would call all our friends and family in England to pray for him too. So from all of us as a family and a few larger prayer groups here too, we send our thoughts and deepest wishes for his safe return from that place where he is now. Annabelle sends huge love to him and to you all.

Some years ago she, Annabelle, fell into a coma from cerebral malaria and we waited for ten achingly long days while she slept - half in this world, half in another. We were told by her doctor that almost certainly she wouldn't make it - but a million prayers later she came back on the tenth day. Miracles ARE possible

I pray for light tomorrow for you all.



Candace DeSarro

Gym climber
Los Angeles
Jun 13, 2007 - 06:39pm PT
Hey Bobby I am sending you positive thoughts. You know that you are always in my family's heart and prayers. We are so very proud of you and love you very much. Love you!!! xxoo God Bless!
Virginia

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 13, 2007 - 07:19pm PT
When we heard about Bobby's injury, Monte said, "Bobby's a tough kid." He IS a tough kid and we are thinking about him and the rest of the family and send you strength and energy to get through this.

Virginia and Monte Mees
Nate Weed

Sport climber
Washington
Jun 13, 2007 - 09:36pm PT
I just found out about this tragic event and find it difficult to express how sad this makes me. Growing up with Faith and Bobby, my mind is full of positive memories. Although I wish I could do more, I’m sending all the positive energy I can to Bobby. Since Bobby is one person whose indomitable spirit could get him through this, I’m hoping for the best. Also, I’m sure this is an incredibly challenging event for Faith, Anne, and Bob and my thoughts are with them as well.

Nate Weed
Matt Lyman

climber
Princeton, NJ
Jun 13, 2007 - 11:09pm PT
Dear Models,
It was devastating to hear the news about Bobby. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It is obvious that Bobby is loved and respected by so many people, and I too consider him a great example and friend. We wish you the best at this difficult hour.
Matt and Kristin Lyman
Anastasia

Trad climber
California
Jun 14, 2007 - 12:25am PT
Sending prayers and hoping all will be well.
AF
John Strike

climber
Jun 14, 2007 - 12:34am PT
Faith, Ann, Bob and friends; My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Although it has been many years, I know that Bobby still is one of the strongest out there, both physically and in spirit, and I pray that these qualities help to pull him through.
Mike.

climber
Jun 14, 2007 - 12:36am PT
We're pulling hard for Bobby here.

Much respect and kind thoughts to all.


Mike & Moria
Susan Diehl

climber
Cody Wyoming
Jun 14, 2007 - 08:18am PT
Bob, Ann & Faith....
It's been desvastating news.
Bobby is a special person and has already made such a difference in so many lifes. Keeping all of you in our daily thoughts and prayers.
Ev, Susan, Kelly & Marcy and families....
Caroline Andrus

climber
CT
Jun 14, 2007 - 08:53am PT
Dear Bob, Anne, Faith, Bobby...We have been reading the forum and been moved by the wide network of wonderful friends whose lives Bobby has touched. We are staying physically active but concentrating all our mental energy and love on all of you there. Bobby is surely fighting to get through this with everything he has. You and everyone praying for him now know that if anyone can, he will. Thinking of you constantly and embracing you from afar with love from Dyck and Caroline, Helen, Rachel and Sam.
elemental

Gym climber
Lander, Wyoming
Jun 14, 2007 - 09:55am PT
JUST GOT THIS UPDATE FROM FAITH:

Dear All,

I will now try to take over the updates from
Hans-Peter through this yahoo account. I know that
there are many addresses not included, but i don't
have the time to add them now, so please continue to
forward these messages on. Many thanks.

Bobby had a tracheotomy today, which reduces the
irritation in his throat and makes it easier to
suction. It's also better not to have tubes invading
his mouth and throat. The bruising on his face is
receding and he looks much better. He was off the
ventilator and breathing on his own today, but his
lungs got a bit tired and they put him back on for
tonight. He may be able to breathe on his own again
tomorrow, however. He does have a secondary lung
infection, but the doctors are addressing this.

Again, your deep affection, support and powerful
hope
have brought us all to tears and I know Bobby is
touched beyond words. Thank you so much for all your
messages, which we constantly pass on to Bobby.

My brother's strength is palpable, but i also see
that he is resting, which is so important for the healing process.

Sending love and endless thanks from all of us,
particularly Bobby,

Faith
Mees

climber
Jun 14, 2007 - 11:07am PT
bobby,
you continue to give 1000%
always have
so thankful
peace to all
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jun 14, 2007 - 11:36am PT
Wishing the best for the Models.

Perhaps we should all strive to create a better world for each other in order to reduce the injustice that inevitably is produced by a lesser one.
ConcernedFromCody

climber
Cody
Jun 14, 2007 - 12:44pm PT
SPECIAL PRAYERS and POSITIVE HEALING ENERGY coming your way, Bobby, from your friends at PRODESIGN in Cody. We are thinking of you daily, with wishes for a full recovery. Your strength, determination, love of life, and love of family and friends will carry you through anything. Our best!

Jan Woods-Krier
Mark Schuler
Kalakay

climber
Jun 14, 2007 - 01:13pm PT
To Bobby:

Since we first met in Laramie you have been endeared to us. No doubt, we were smitten by your now-legendary sense of humor and energy. Through your work and through our adventures we have come to recognize that behind your wild eyes and sometimes-crude tongue there is a thoughtful man driven by passion, wisdom and honesty. Dig deep now brother, knowing that so many are pulling for you and sending positive thoughts your way. We patiently wait for the day when we will laugh together again.

Our thoughts are constantly with you,

Tom, Betty and Fritz Kalakay
JoeMax

Mountain climber
Belfry
Jun 14, 2007 - 01:40pm PT
hey Bobby: Great to hear news!you hang in there were all pulling hard for you.Your Freinds in "The Dirty Dog" the words spreading like a forest fire.LOVE YA JOE ,KAY,NICKI
Matt

Trad climber
places you shouldn't talk about in polite company
Jun 14, 2007 - 02:08pm PT
Prejudice is not the answer

thank you ron, and well said.



best wishes to those in need of them, sounds as if bobby model is not laking in people who cae for him. may he find strength in your strength, and you in his.
alars

Social climber
Tucson, AZ
Jun 14, 2007 - 03:41pm PT
Good to hear that there's been some progress. When we learned of this accident, the first thing that raced through my mind is that the old Lander Crew has had enough for a while... let the universe give it a rest.
Keep up the healing, Bobby! Know that friends the world over are pulling for you.
mattstan

Social climber
Seattle
Jun 14, 2007 - 04:31pm PT
Best wishes to Bobby, the quiet giant. Too long since we've spoke, and even much too longer since we've climbed together. I know you'll make a full recovery, thanks to the quiet grace and strength that permeates your life!
seafus

Trad climber
Montana
Jun 14, 2007 - 04:38pm PT
bobby,

i haven't seen you since the days of Silver Run, but i get reports on your whereabouts and happenings from mutual friends. heal up, and hope to see you around these parts soon. casey
Cheryl Bragonier-Vukelich

Social climber
Des Moines
Jun 14, 2007 - 05:16pm PT
Bobby, Faith, Anne, Bob, Jim, et al
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I can't even begin to imagine what you are going through emotionally. This may be Bobby's toughest climb, but if anyone can make it he can. He has a wonderful family, and many friends to support him through this.
I am soooo tickled to hear that Bobby is breathing on his own, even if it is for short stents for now. Thank you all for the updates during this past week. It has been so wonderful to see how old friends and communities have been supporting Bobby.
Many prayers, much love,
Cheryl, Milo, Aly, and Jack
JCB

climber
Jun 14, 2007 - 05:55pm PT
The Man, The Myth, The Legend.

From Cody this January.

Aryn Rossett

climber
Jun 14, 2007 - 07:33pm PT


Thank you for the updates, Faith. I am keeping Bobby and your family in my prayers.

Much love,
Aryn (Holm) Rossett
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 14, 2007 - 08:34pm PT
Really hoping for the best for you Bobby. My thoughts go out to your family and friends.

Brandon Selk

Sport climber
Spearfish, SD
Jun 14, 2007 - 09:52pm PT
Our thoughts and prayers are with Bobby and his family. Bobby can overcome this with all of the positive thoughts and prayers that are coming in from all over the world.

Brandon, Jana, Madison, and Carson Selk
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 14, 2007 - 10:13pm PT
hey there all.... i am new here and dont know anything about all you wonderful folks and all your great climbs.... but i joined in here to be close to my brother ( mark chapman, chappy) as i learned that he had posted here, and i missed seeing him all these years...

i was very sad to now learn of your friend, bobby... i am a praying-folk of long-time-standing and i will pray for bobby as well.... head injuries touch my heart greatly as i have known of folks who have fought so hard through these traumas, in various ways...

say, i hope to encourage you all, as they have said that bobby's condition, from what i read, so far--has not changed...

if you all can check out any public info, here on the internet, about PBR bullrider, lee akins... his skull was stepped on by a bull, and obviously, he had a traumatic head injury... he has lived and now, only about three months later, is doing well over their expectations... (which were not good).... he is finally able to walk with help from others and a walker, and he was singing the alphabet with his daughter, though his speech was mostly jumbles---i know this may not sound like much, but these are miles stones and his wife credits all to a massive prayer alert.... if there is even one success story (and there are others), than the door of hope, through prayer, may be open for bobby, too.... dont give up and you will never have regrets...

so keep up the good work, here folks and pray for your friend... every head injury is DIFFERENT though, as there is so much involved with the brain.....

as i am ready to cry, here... i think i will go and pray... please hang on for your dear friend, as perhaps he just cant do it now.... sincerely, neebee.... (or lizzy-beth, to mark)...
Frances

Social climber
Cody, WY
Jun 14, 2007 - 10:15pm PT
Dear Bobby and family (Anne, Faith, Bob, Jim, Austine and all who love him),

The Clymers in Cody have all of you in our thoughts and prayers. We first met Bobby when he was a boy of ten or so. Full of curiosity and energy even then. We have followed his career with interest, often wondering where he finds the courage and strength to accomplish his many feats. We join his many friends in prayers for the best of all possible outcomes.

Affectionately,

Paul and Frances
CCJ

climber
Casper, WY
Jun 14, 2007 - 10:23pm PT
Bob, Anne, Jim, Faith...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time! We pray for a speedy recovery for Bobby! Our best to each of you.

Carey Coe-Johnson, Jeff, Maddie, Shelby, Jagger and Jrakke
eric/erin

climber
meeteetse, wyoming
Jun 14, 2007 - 10:26pm PT
Hi Model Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I've known Bobby since I was 5 years old or more than 27 years. He has always been an influential person to me. I have been fortunate to do many things with Bobby, besides rock climbing in the college days. I remember the days of "cowboying" at the ranch, hunting, skiing, and just driving around the Cody country.
Out of all the people I know, he has always given 110%. Whatever life puts in front of him, he has always been optomistic.
God can do miraculous things. I pray that God uses his healing hand on Bobby's wounds. We are continually thinking of you all.
Thanks for all the updates.
Love Eric, Erin, and Tade Geving
cowman

climber
cody, wy
Jun 15, 2007 - 12:29am PT
About 6 months ago I found a picture of Bobby that I had taken while on at a ski meet. For some reason I pulled it out of the pile and left it on my desk. Since, many have seen it and asked who it was. With fond memories of those days I would tell them. Bobby made everything interesting! I will continue to keep his picture up. When I look at it I will say a prayer for him and his familiy. I will also remember to look at my 2 little boys with more patience and gratitude.
Life....how special it is!

Bobby-Faithy-and Family, I send my prayers.

Amy Cowan-banks
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jun 15, 2007 - 09:13am PT
It is with such unique loathing that I log on to this Forum now. Each time since Bobby’s accident, seeing this thread near the top of the heap, I just fear we might find there the final terrible words and so hesitate. His condition is so critical and the accident so meaningless that our nausea is really too much to bear. The strength and forceful hope directed towards him is just out of this world, though, and brings us back on our feet. Gee what more can I say? I join you all in this and just keep hoping.

Peter Haan
elemental

Gym climber
Lander, Wyoming
Jun 15, 2007 - 09:30am PT
Blinny

Trad climber
TheHolyMont
Jun 15, 2007 - 09:33am PT
Well said, Peter. . . as always!

I join you in your hope!

ox

eKat
Bales family

climber
Cody
Jun 15, 2007 - 10:06am PT
Bobby, Faith, Austine, Anne, Jim, Bob and Mona. Good morning to all of you. We have been praying for all of you every day and especially for you Bobby. We have had so many phone calls and inquiries and we have told them all to keep you in their prayers. Just know we love you. Mary Lou and Bob.
Kammi

Social climber
Sheridan, WY (Cody)
Jun 15, 2007 - 10:20am PT
Bobby....you are so much in my thoughts since I heard of Bobby's injury. We went to school and skied together as casual acquaintances, and had a beer together in Kaycee a couple of year ago. Your name has continually come up over the past couple of years through a mutual friend, Shep Vail, as he keeps me updated on your adventures. I am so in awe of your accomplishments and travels. I truly wish you the very best and I know you'll be out adventuring again soon...your zest for life is too great to let this slow you down for long. It's amazing how something like this can make you feel more for everyone in your life and want to treasure every moment, not just let those moments pass you by. Bobby, Faith, and family...my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kammi Mock
Mandi Feeley

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 15, 2007 - 10:21am PT
I am sending all my energy and prayers.
I went to school with Bobby and graduated with Faith.
I had not thought about Bobby for a long time, and last week I was talking with my boyfriend about rock climbing and told him about Bobby - climbing and taking photos all over the world. I was stunned and still am, about this news. ~Bobby, stay here with us, if you are able~
John & Pam Feeley

Social climber
Cody
Jun 15, 2007 - 10:49am PT
Dear Bob, Ann, Faith… everyone,
We were so devastated to hear about Bobby. We’ve both watched Bobby grow up as he turned into such an astounding young man; finding his passion for life in helping others. His adventures, conquests and triumphs have been experienced equally by everyone who loves him, and we know he is fighting this setback with the same enthusiasm that he did everything else. We love all of you and are praying along with everyone for his quick recovery. Johnny & Pam Feeley
WillyH

Boulder climber
North Carolina
Jun 15, 2007 - 10:50am PT
Bobby, Faith, Austine, Anne, Jim, Bob and Mona-
Please know that you are all in our hearts and prayers. All of Cookie's clan is pulling for you from Greenwich to North Carolina to California. We feel your angst and pain as our own and want to do anything we can for you.

Thinking of you constantly and sending good energy.
We love you!

Cookie sends hugs, hugs, hugs and love, love, love

If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know.

Karen Percy

Mountain climber
Cody
Jun 15, 2007 - 10:51am PT
I know my family (The Hanson clan) has been continually impressed and inspired by Bobby's passion for photography and climbing. We have followed his accomplishments and now are praying for everything to turn out well. The Model family is in our thoughts and prayers...
Cynthia Weed

Social climber
Cody
Jun 15, 2007 - 12:23pm PT
Dearest Model Family,

My husband and I ran into Bobby buying groceries the last time he was in Cody.

My class at school had been working on a quote "He who has felt the rain on his face and the wind in his hair has experienced the Divine." On that blustery Cody day, tall handsome Bobby Model with his warm grin and *energy* seemed to fit that quote so perfectly. I wanted to take him to class with me and show him off: "See, I would say...this is exactly what that looks like."

Models, you are never far from our thoughts.

Bill and Cindy Weed, Nathan, Mathew, Rebecca et al
Wapiti Bob

Mountain climber
Wapiti, WY
Jun 15, 2007 - 03:18pm PT
Bobby:

Hang in there. We can't wait to see you back here in Cody. Everybody in town (especially at the Beta Coffee House) is rooting for you.

Bob and Arlene Hanson
Lori Christenson

climber
Las Cruces, NM
Jun 15, 2007 - 03:22pm PT
The Model Family and Friends,
We are sending you all of our strength and positive energy and hoping for the best. Know that we are thinking about all of you.
Lance, Lori and Kell
Erynne Selk

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 15, 2007 - 05:08pm PT
Although we are constantly thinking of and praying for Bobby and his family, I thought we could send a concentrated effort their way EACH evening.
Let's dedicate the hour between 8 and 9 pm to the Models. Whether you have two minutes or most of the hour, whether you are alone, with family or can meet with friends; find some time between 8 and 9 pm to pray, send positive energy and strength to Bobby and his family.
With passion and intensity, this will make a significant impact.


Janet Cozzens

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 15, 2007 - 05:12pm PT
Hello All,
I just spoke with Anne, Bobby's mother, and she says that Bobby is improving physically and the bruising is healing. His brain shows little improvement, but we will continue to pray for him. She wants to thank everyone that is blogging on this site. They are reading what we are saying and it is greatly appreciated. They are finding strength in our words.
She tells me that Bobby could not be in a better facility. They have some of the top brain surgeons in the world in the hospital that he is in. People travel to this hospital from Europe and other places for the doctors that are in residence there. This gives me much hope. I just wanted to share this with all of you. I know that this family is on your minds as much as they are on mine.
Best regards,
Janet K. Cozzens
Janet Cozzens

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 15, 2007 - 05:20pm PT
THE ABOVE MESSAGE RECEIVED FROM ANNE YOUNG AT 2:00 p.m. MDT.
Lyon Davis

Social climber
Cody, Wy
Jun 15, 2007 - 05:56pm PT
We Love you Bobby! Be strong like you know how. We are rooting for you day and night and won't quite until you are better.
Shelley

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 15, 2007 - 06:22pm PT
Bobby & Faith! My heart is so saddened by this news. But Bobby is strong and courageous, and he will persevere. No one is more positive and bright than dear Faithy. Her love along with her parents' will carry him through this. The Cody Stampede is just around the corner & we'll think of you when so many of us are all togehter. We'll look for you next year. Much, much love, Shelley Simonton
Big B

climber
Cody, Wyoming
Jun 15, 2007 - 09:13pm PT
Bobby,
Thought that you would like to know that the grass is mowed at the shop and Peter Chivers is doing a great job on the building, it's looking good. Peter's dog "Painter" got pepper sprayed by the mail man. Poor dog just barked at the mail man and gets sprayed and the police show up, Peter gets a $50.00 ticket. You Need to get better so that Peter can tell you the whole story.
You would not believe how many people are pulling for you, I myself am in total awe. Bobby, you have touched so may lives all around the world. I recently spoke to Kyle Anderson AKA "Ace" and he talked about stories when you were kids. What I a sight it must of been to see you flying off of a florescent orange painted ski jump you built in the alley behind your house, while being pulled by a car at 30 miles an hour. Every person that has been able to get to know you has a funny story or experience they had with you. You have may never know your true greatness, but your friends, family, and people you have never met, see it. Get better you have more to do, keep fighting.
Faith stay strong and let Bobby know we all love him and are praying for him. Brent Lohrenz
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 15, 2007 - 09:17pm PT
hey there erynne... i just saw your post here... it is 9:10... your post said:

Although we are constantly thinking of and praying for Bobby and his family, I thought we could send a concentrated effort their way EACH evening.
Let's dedicate the hour between 8 and 9 pm to the Models. Whether you have two minutes or most of the hour, whether you are alone, with family or can meet with friends; find some time between 8 and 9 pm to pray, send positive energy and strength to Bobby and his family.
With passion and intensity, this will make a significant impact.

in answer to this: oh, yes, i can do this, and will join in with you and anyone else... i am a mite late out here (as i am now in mich, at this point in my life) but i will make a note to pray now, and at eleven again, which will be 8, by westcoast time... if any of you all is out west.... and will keep hitting the 9 o'clocks with you and a host of folks...

for those that fast and pray, we used to fast and pray on friday for a gal that was in dire needs... amazing doors are opened by the good lord as we give our time "replenishing our system" up---and let him replenish those in dire straits...

wishing strong trails of new hopes to you all... and to bobby's family, first and foremost, now... god bless...
Mees

climber
Jun 15, 2007 - 10:32pm PT
Shoshone Canyon early 90's
Lander

climber
Boulder
Jun 15, 2007 - 11:30pm PT
Ann, Jim, Bob, and Mona,

I only know of Faith and Bobby through the eyes of proud loving parents. Anything is possible. My thoughts, prayers, love, and strength are with you.

Steph Gripne
Lisa Conger

Social climber
New York
Jun 16, 2007 - 06:59am PT
We have heard loving-fun-adventurous stories from Bob & Mona about Bobby & Faith over many dinners, for many years. You are both loved and admired deeply. Our heart and prayers go to all of you who are suffering but mostly to Bobby who we wish a sound recovery. Strong prayers and good thoughts are coming from Millbrook-Clove!! Anything we can do....we are here for you!!

All our love
Charlie - Lisa & Hailey Conger
Rebecca Martin

Social climber
DC
Jun 16, 2007 - 09:16am PT
To the Model family and friends:

Everyone at National Geographic is pulling for Bobby to heal well and as quickly as possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all every day.

Please send Bobby loads of love and big hugs from all of his friends at National Geographic. You have so many great visions, and we're here to help them happen!

Look forward to seeing you soon, Bobby. You're the best!!!!

Rebecca and the gang at NG

Cindy Feketi

Social climber
Cody
Jun 16, 2007 - 10:52am PT
Faith - May the zeal you have for life, laughter, love, friends, and family find it's way to Bobby's subconsious, your spirit surround him, and the prayers of all, fill him. Sending peace, love, and prayers to you, family, and friends.

Cindy and Mike Feketi
David & All of Us in Greenwich

climber
Greenwich, CT
Jun 16, 2007 - 05:00pm PT
Dear Ann, Just spent the last two hours with a lovely South African couple from Cape Town who had heard all about Bobby and where very upset about what happened in there country to such a wonderful young man but felt strongly that he is in the best facility any where. Thank heavans that is where you are and our prayers continue for a full and complete recovery. Thinking of you David, Anne, Charlotte, Wells, and Field.
Tahoe climber

Trad climber
a dark-green forester out west
Jun 16, 2007 - 05:11pm PT
Here's sending good vibes to Bobby - we all hope you pull through it!

-Aaron Kutzer
Kira Salak

climber
Jun 16, 2007 - 06:10pm PT
Dear Bobby's Family and Friends,

I have been sending prayers of strength and healing to Bobby each day since I heard the news. He is the toughest of the tough, and a warm-hearted, generous spirit. I can only imagine your anguish right now. Please know that my prayers and well-wishing also go out to you in this difficult time. If there is any way I can be of assistance, please let me know.

I'm a writer who worked with Bobby in Libya and Iran for National Geographic Adventure magazine. He was always a pleasure to travel with, and we shared many adventures. If anyone can pull through, it's him.

With all my heart,

Kira Salak
Wolfie

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes
Jun 16, 2007 - 06:38pm PT
This news saddens my soul.....Bobby is an amazing individual....who makes one look at ones life from a different perspective....he is an inspiration....both in character and in his passion for showing life through his lens'. May he feel all the love that is being sent to him...and may he heal. My thoughts and prayers go out to Bobby and his family....
NJJED

climber
Clark, Wyoming
Jun 16, 2007 - 08:26pm PT
More prayers of health and help... to Bobby and his fabulous support crew... hang in there...
The Great Sacred Mystery has a plan.

Love, Harmony, and Beauty,
Jenny DeSarro

All of the DeSarro's continue to send blessings,
(and Joe, I am sure has tried phoning Bob)
Joe's dad

Social climber
Red Lodge Mt
Jun 16, 2007 - 10:36pm PT
Please know that we all here in Red Lodge who know Bobby are keeping him and all of his family and friends in our prayers.
Art
terry dean

climber
cody/bklyn
Jun 17, 2007 - 01:43am PT
Faith, Anne, Bob & Bobby. My thoughts and prayers are with you. My performances are dedicated to you. Bobby has been such an inspiration to me, combining his love for the extreme with such brilliant artistry. Not a show passes when I am clipping a carabiner into a sling or strapping into a harness, or hanging from some crazy height by just my fingers, wondering how long my grip can hold out, that I don't think of Bobby and his amazing abilities, fearlessness and passion. And now he hangs on with the same strengh, drive, and courage he always has, on the edge of a great cliff, and I hope all of our prayers will help him find the holds he needs to pull himself up, and out of this.

much love to you
Terry Dean Bartlett
dadsloader

Social climber
chester-le- street england
Jun 17, 2007 - 06:50am PT
Bobby,s father and I go back along way -(on his trips to England in the late summer and fall).
I want to say that Bobby junior and I share a hero in Wilfred Thesiger an English Explorer who explored the Danakil Country and the Awash River in Ethiopia and crossed the The Empty Quarter in Oman in 46--- Thesiger signed his book "The life of my choice" for me and I remember offering this to Bob Snr. for Bobby because I so wanted him to have it -but in his so modest way he declined because he knew it had been signed for me and wanted me to keep it .
I always remember standing with his father in a wild place with the wind blowin and the red grouse flyin like bullets and how quiet his father was and I asked him what was troubling him ? He said he was thinking about his son who was on a climbing trip When I asked him to which mountain? he told me that he was on the Trango Tower ! and then I knew that this guy was something extraordinarily special .
From that day onwards Bobby Jnr. was another great hero of mine ---this one tangible and, just like his father ,( my great and loyal friend Bob Model )-I am so proud of his achievements but watch with pride from afar.
Our prayers and positive thoughts are with you and your family right now and these are mirrored and magnified by the countless people who love you .
You have the strength -------Steve Mason (love from Anne and Sarah )
Paul Keeler

climber
CT
Jun 17, 2007 - 09:57am PT
Bob Sr.,

Having been in somewhat the same boat 27 years ago, I would encourage you to think positively, keep your family close, and never stop believing that he will pull through this trial.

All of my family has your family in our foremost thoughts.

Paul Keeler
Hayes'

climber
Ft.Collins/Cody
Jun 17, 2007 - 01:14pm PT
Model Family,

With a heavy heart, I want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers each and every day. We are glued to this forum for all the updates.


Love, The Hayes'


Jim Flood

climber
Fayetteville, NC
Jun 17, 2007 - 02:28pm PT
Bob and family-Our thoughts, prayers and love go out for Bobby and to all you in these very difficult times. Bob, we love ya, buddy.

Jim, Kathy, Jennifer and Patricia Flood
Avery and Jon-Paul

climber
Wherever the Army sends us
Jun 17, 2007 - 02:44pm PT
Bobby, Faith, Anne and Bob,
Many thoughts of skiing in Utah with the Models have been going through my mind. Coming in after a great day and having a hot chocolate with Faith and Bobby at the Rustler. I remember thinking "I wish I could ski as well as Bobby and Faith".
We are so far apart right now but know many prayers were sent from Saint Paul's Church in Leavenworth, Kansas this morning to heal the physical and mental pain of these very long past few days you have endured.
Bobby, we need you to get through this, back on your feet with camera in hand. The images you capture with your camera are important to all of us who can travel and those who cannot to see the beauty in the world.

With love to all of you and the wonderful medical professionals taking care of Bobby,

Jon-Paul and Avery (Macleod) Maddaloni
elemental

Gym climber
Lander, Wyoming
Jun 17, 2007 - 06:51pm PT
Bobby Update 6-15-2007

Dear All,

I hope this finds you all happy and healthy. I just
want to send a brief update on Bobby as I know it's
been a couple of days. But first and again, we are
ever ever grateful for your messages of comfort and
support and Bobby IS getting all of them, even if we
can't respond personally to let you know. His vitals
always seem to steady--as if to listen--when any of us
give him messages, news or even a little gossip :). So
thank you thank you from all of us.

Bobby's face is now completely free of tubes and he
looks prettttty good, considering. He's tolerating his
food (he has a tube in his stomach) and is breathing
on his own with occasional assistance. His lung
infection has also cleared for the most part.

The ICU staff have become like a small family to us
and have been and continue to be outstanding in every
way.

Sending love and thanks always from all of us,
especially Bobby.

Faith
ps: i can't get most of the addresses on this, so
please continue to forward this on. Many thanks!
Standing Strong

Trad climber
hip and sassy pants off dance off
Jun 17, 2007 - 06:54pm PT
wonderful news. congratulations. it's good he can feel all of the love people are sending him from over the whole world.

*still sending positive vibes from california*,

tuolumne*rainbow
Crimpergirl

Social climber
St. Looney
Jun 17, 2007 - 07:54pm PT
This is great news. Good vibes coming from the Midwest from people he has never even met - that is, hasn't met yet.
Kathy Tomlinson

climber
Denver, Colorado
Jun 17, 2007 - 07:59pm PT
Best to Bobby and his family - I had the good fortune to have Bobby as a housemate for a couple of years. He was always very helpful and polite. Even though he was frequently off climbing mountains like Everest, he never once complained about meager tasks like mowing the lawn when he was around even though I am sure he had more important things he could be doing.

What a really great guy and a nice family. I can say there was never a dull moment with him around. I hope nothing but the best for his recovery. He still has a lot of great things to do and people's lives to touch :).

Kathy Tomlinson


Heather Merten- Cowden

Social climber
Hagerman
Jun 17, 2007 - 09:54pm PT
Sending more prayers, strength and love from Idaho. I hiked Mt. Baldy (Sun Valley) yesterday and from the top sent my prayers and strength to Bobby and all of you who sit at his bedside. I wanted to scream it out at the top of my lungs, but that probably would have really disturbed anyone else who was trying to enjoy God's wonderful wilderness. Positivity will perservere.
babboo

Social climber
missoula,mt
Jun 17, 2007 - 10:30pm PT
another greeting to all model family, you are constantly in my thoughts and prayers, sarah (missoula)
babboo

Social climber
missoula,mt
Jun 17, 2007 - 10:36pm PT
another greeting to all model family, you are constantly in my thoughts and prayers, sarah
babboo

Social climber
missoula,mt
Jun 17, 2007 - 10:36pm PT
another greeting to all model family, you are constantly in my thoughts and prayers, sarah
Dick&Jean

climber
Powell, WY
Jun 17, 2007 - 10:55pm PT
Anne and Jim, Bob and Mona,

We do not know Bobby and Faith personally but as parents we know that this is one of the most difficult times we face; our children are hurting and it is beyond our control to help or heal the hurt. God bless you all and we send very positive thoughts and prayers to you.
Dick and Jeanne Nelson
ken stockwell

Social climber
Cody, Wyoming
Jun 17, 2007 - 11:52pm PT
Bob and Ann and Family, Know that you are in our family's thoughts and prayers. We remember Bobby's kindness in flying Misty home after a ski accident in Jackson saving her a lenghty bus trip. Ken and Lesa Stockwell
dadsloader

Social climber
chester-le- street england
Jun 18, 2007 - 06:11am PT
Elemental---- Faith

Thankyou for your latest update and a ray of sunlight for us all to reflect upon ------ You are always in our thoughts now and we know that if there is one guy who has the strength for this then that guy is Bobby . love to you all
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Jun 18, 2007 - 06:40am PT

Sending positive vibes from Ireland, heal fast and soon Bobby.
Toni Chambers

climber
Jun 18, 2007 - 09:25am PT
Bobby, Faith, Ann, Bob

We really love Bobby and think often of the great friendship he and Tyler had, and the adventures they had together. Our prayers and thoughts are with you daily.
Tom and Toni Chambers
Tana (Chambers)Dunford
JCB

climber
Lander, WY, someday again
Jun 18, 2007 - 10:14am PT
Another pic of Bomo, taken this January in his apartment in Cody. What the picture does not show is that Bobby, the rough and tumble/live life to the fullest/camping for days on end without a shower adventurer, is perhaps the most anally neat person on the planet. Nothing in his spotless apartment is out of place. And it's not the "sweep the dirt under the rug" kind of superficial neatness. Open any drawer or cabinet, and the contents are in perfect order, ready for inspection. Everything is organized, labeled, filed, and stacked with incredible precision.

hautterre

climber
Jun 18, 2007 - 10:30am PT
-from a distant cousin-
Hello Bobby.
I think of you daily and send my wishes and prayers for your health.
To the rest of the family,
May the love you pour out be returned to you 10 fold.
Ann McAlpin
Mr. T

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 18, 2007 - 01:51pm PT
Bobby & Family - we join thousands in praying for your complete and speedy recovery from this tragic event. You are in our thoughts and we are sending hugs and best wishes! Tracy & Kathy Wormald (Bobby's teacher at Eastside in the "olden days").
tals

climber
VIRGINIA
Jun 18, 2007 - 03:36pm PT
I walk by and "refresh" this page a million times a day keeping my fingers crossed for some good news. I was happy to see a positive update yesterday. Thanks for keeping us posted. Hang in there Bobby and keep on truckin'- the world needs you!
Love to you and your family.
The Kenney's
Chris, Talia, Aubrey, Tanner, and Tyler
Dennis Reed

climber
cody, wy
Jun 18, 2007 - 09:15pm PT
Bob, Anne, Bobby and Faith, We have been so saddened by the news. We both have many memories with Bobby on ski team and also growing up. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers and if we can do anything for you back home please let us know. Keep fighting Bobby!!!!!!!!!!! Love, Dennis and Misti (Meeker)Reed
Bo Young

climber
Jun 19, 2007 - 10:23am PT
Bobby: Alex, your Aunt Mary, Uncle Ned & I have been thinking about you & all of our family constantly since we heard the terrible news. Now that I have found this site, I will be checking back as often as possible for updates. Our prayers are with you. Stay strong. Love, the Youngs
Meinecke's

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 19, 2007 - 10:41am PT
Model Family,
We are thinking of you and praying for you and Bobby daily. There are so many more here in Cody that are praying for Bobby and the rest of your family. We hope you find some comfort in the fact that your family is so loved in this community, and by special friends throughout the world.
Greg and Jalie(Frazier) Meinecke
robh

climber
Jun 19, 2007 - 11:02am PT
Hey Bobby,

Keep fighting. I'm praying for you to get stronger every day. We need you to keep taking amazing photographs.

Rob Haggart
Director of Photography
Men's Journal
Mandi Feeley

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 19, 2007 - 11:27am PT
Models -
It was such a relief to read the last few posts and hear some good news. My family continues to pray and send energy, your family is never far in our thoughts. Much love and strength.
~Mandi
megs

climber
cody native - minnesota now
Jun 19, 2007 - 11:35am PT
Models,

My family sends positive thoughts and many prayers to you right now. It has been years since I have seen either Faith or Bobby, but I know that with Bobby's strength and Faith's positive energy at his side, along with the rest of his loved ones, he will pull through this. We look forward to the next update. Sending love and prayers from Minnesota.

Meggan Burak (Hockhalter) and family (Jason and Brenna)
mma

Social climber
victor, id
Jun 19, 2007 - 11:49am PT
Hi Bobby,

As I was feeding my 6 month old and watching the sun rise over the mountains this morning, I was once again pulled back to the days of Laramie and Lander. How many camping trips did you insist on rising before the sun because that was the best light for photos? I was amazed then and still am by your focus, devotion and stamina for whatever you sink your heart into. I know that those exact qualities are working for you now. Stay strong!

Love,
Megan

sierracanon

Mountain climber
Sacramento, CA
Jun 19, 2007 - 11:51am PT
Off all the ways that Bobby could be killed/seriously injured (considering his chosen profession), this has got to be the stupidest.

Thoughts/prayers/healing energy heading his way.
betsysell

Social climber
Cody, WY
Jun 19, 2007 - 11:59am PT
Bobby, Faith, Ann, Jim, and Bob,
Enjoyed a GREAT hike in the Beartooths last week and we all (Char McCue, Kathleen DiVincenzo, Kay Maxwell and myself) shared stories of Bobby and the Model family. We know that Coach Joe Maxwell is with you now. We all continue to hold you in our thoughts and prayers!
Betsy Sell
JoeMax

Mountain climber
Belfry
Jun 19, 2007 - 01:57pm PT
dear freinds, I'm in Cape Town with some of Bobbys family and freinds.He is doing alright.he remains unconcious but seems to be getting better al the time.He is in very good care,in a great facility.His ingury was not physiclly as bad as I had thought or imagined. He is still no beauty! I express my sincere thanks to all of you for your word s of encouragement and prayers. They are makeing a differance!Thanks SUPERTOPO FOR THE FORMAT that all of Bobbys FAMILY can pull together and get him thru this.We can make a differance.Bobby does respond to us.And when he does come around you all knowhe will have alot to say. With much Thanks I'll write more they have dinner ready.JOE
brooks emeny

Social climber
bozeman, mt
Jun 19, 2007 - 02:08pm PT
Bobby, We here in the Emeny Clan are thiking of you lots and our prayers arer with you. We wish you a full recovery and hope to hear of great news in the near future soon. Now being unpolitically correct and my real self, you picked a great way to take a vacation and get a bunch of attention. Give my best to you Mom, Faith and Dad, and especially Joe Blow. Take care Bobby, Brooks
Mees

climber
Jun 19, 2007 - 02:26pm PT
Joe,
that's great news that you are able to be there! Sharpen the draw knife, I think a little log peeling may be just the thing to get Bobby back on his feet when he wakes up, hehe..
Give everyone a big hug there and know that very few moments pass between prayers of healing, hope and strength for Bobby and his loving family/friends.
Pat
John & Pam Feeley

Social climber
Cody
Jun 19, 2007 - 02:48pm PT
Dear Bobby and family… It wasn’t until we read the Kenny’s message, that we realized we had been doing the same… continually checking Supertopo for news of your progress. We just read Joe Maxwell’s post and it's such a great, positive lift for everyone’s spirits! You ARE going to make it out of this Bobby, and we all know it! This may truly be your toughest climb… just know every one of us wishes we could be there to help pull you up. Can you believe all the love and support you’re getting!? It’s incredible! We love and are praying for you and your whole family, Bobby. Johnny and Pam Feeley
Anthony

climber
Powell, WY
Jun 19, 2007 - 03:02pm PT
Thoughts and prayers to Bobby and family from the Northwest College Photography Department faculty.

Sincerely,

Anthony M. Polvere
Gary Bakken
Woody Wooden
Craig Satterlee
Rick Rivard
elemental

Gym climber
Lander, Wyoming
Jun 19, 2007 - 04:06pm PT
Bobby,

Over the past 15 years, we’ve been together on expeditions to five different continents, waited out countless storms, and faced too many long odds. Of all the desperate and difficult times I’ve seen, this one ranks right at the top. You have kept me safe so many times climbing, and have really saved my life a few, too…I feel so horribly unable to help you.

I have always been impressed with your endurance and your ability to stay motivated day after day, long after others had given up and gone home. It really bugged me that I could train hard all winter while you gallivanted around central Africa looking for giant crocodiles, and you’d leave me in the dust on yet another long Cody ice approach. It bugged me too that you could roll off the couch and still crank 5.12, climbing like you were born to do it, while after 20 years I still climb as if I were wrestling a Beluga whale.

I remember well our trip to Kenno’s home village north of Poi at the end of our climbing trip there. How close you became to the people and how at home you had become in Kenya. It was strange and wonderful to see a Wyoming boy find a purpose higher than himself so far from where he might otherwise belong. I have never seen anyone belong to a place as well as you belong on that continent.

It was no surprise to me, then, when you decided to base out of Nairobi a few years later. Of all my friends, you would be the one that actually lived the “endless wish” we had talked of for so long. I am proud of you.

I have become used to having you there to depend on when the sh#t gets deep. You are a man that can be counted on. There are so many places we still have to go. I am not alone when I say that I need you. I am proud to be your friend.

Steve
elemental

Gym climber
Lander, Wyoming
Jun 19, 2007 - 05:53pm PT
JUNE 19TH UPDATE FROM FAITH:

Dear All,

I will write a more detailed email tomorrow, but just want to let everyone
know that Bobby had another scan yesterday and there wasn't a great deal of
new information. He remains stable, but still in a coma. I do want to tell
you, however, that when I read him excerpts from the supertopo forum or
emails received, I really feel that not only is he listening and enjoying,
but that he is so deeply touched by everyone's concern, love and thoughts
and he especially likes the little stories. Please keep your hopes and
prayers high--higher than ever.

I wish there were words that could accurately convey our deepest
appreciation for all the support we're receiving. And I wish we could
respond to each and every message, but as that's not possible at the moment,
please know that we are ever grateful for all of you.

I know Bobby is sending big hugs and lots of love, as are we.

Many many thanks and much love,

Faith
Lyon Davis

Social climber
Cody, Wy
Jun 19, 2007 - 06:07pm PT
Another classic moment with Bobby Model. Not only is he a star photographer/climber/skier, he makes his presence known in social circles as well.
This is from an old roomate of his from Laramie/Denver.


I like how he snapped into my ski bindings with his cowboy
boots at my Halloween party one year and threw me up on his shoulders
then skied down the stairs without killing both of us! who else has
that kind of strength and balance!
I think that was the same night someone had to tackle him and
wrestle a real sword he had gotten from an african tribe out of his
hands- no small feat - because he had chopped through our bannister
and was swinging the sucker around in a very crowded room - someone
could have lost a limb or something....
We could go on and on and on about Bobby's legendary social skills. One of the most fun guys to celebrate with of all time.
N0_ONE

Social climber
Utah
Jun 19, 2007 - 08:06pm PT
Our little family has you on our minds and in our prayers.

Hang in there friends and family!!
Maleski

climber
Bozeman
Jun 19, 2007 - 08:54pm PT
Bobby,
With Maxwell, the HLD of all HLDs in Capetown by your side, I'm sure you will be coping, stacking and chinking in no time. Keep hanging in there you are the strongest.
We are all pulling for you and by your side no matter the miles.

Joe,
You've always been an inspiration to Bobby and everyone else. Thanks.
Pete, Teri, and Eliza
Charlotte

climber
DC, Turks and Caicos
Jun 19, 2007 - 11:01pm PT
Hi Bob-Meister,

Glad to hear the news is pretty good and that you are hanging in there (how very like you!). I've called Kim and will call Kazuki, we are all rooting for you. You must be chuffed to be surrounded by everyone so hug them all for me, OK? as soon as you can!

Much love to everyone,

Charlotte
Karen Schipfmann

Social climber
Cody, Wyoming
Jun 20, 2007 - 12:06am PT
Hi Bobby, Faith, Anne, Jim, and the rest-

We continue to send love, support and positive thoughts to you all in Cape Town. May the healing power of God and the love coming from all these wonderful people carry you through this ordeal. I know we will soon all share another hike around Cody ascending quickly to catch the "best light" or a good meal at Sage Creek Ranch or on Casper Drive. We have you on the babysitting short list since before you left for Africa you remarked to me, "You must be getting pretty big!" with my second child and I know you want to change a diaper. Stay strong and get better as we're all pulling and praying for you here in Cody. Can't wait to have you over for dinner to hear about your future adventures. Keep your head up Faith we are all behind you.

Love
Karen, Jay, Riley and Randall
Cruiser

Mountain climber
Cody
Jun 20, 2007 - 12:22am PT
Hello All,

Joe Maxwell, how noble it is to be Bobbys belay partner at this time. Thank you for the unselfish effort to help him and comfort his family and friends. Many in this forum probably don't recall the Cessna 182 plane crash I was involved in January of 1985. I was a climbing instructor trading flight lessons for climbing lessons. While photographing icefalls on the Southfork my instructor flew up the wrong drainage with severe downdrafts. We lost altitude and stalled out at 11,000 feet crashing into the last avalable stand of trees ripping the wings off the aircraft and came to rest in 6 feet of snow. The pilot had not filed a flight plan and the weather was deteriorating. At some point I became consious and broke the window out of the aircraft and stood on what was left of the wing and filled my footprint with blood from my face. I removed Chris from the plane and found two summer weight sleeping bags to cover her. The ELT transmitter did not go off. I hiked to the north ridge to get my bearings. I had been in this area before but not under these circumstances and not in street clothing. The next 24 hours of postholing, dragging and carring a women to safety across the Ishawooa plateau and down to the southfork valley while my friends where in the air looking for us was the climb of my life. Bobby has the strenght to overcome.

Sincerely,

Kirt D. Cozzens
Gary & Nancy Axthelm

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 20, 2007 - 12:28am PT
Bobby-
Glad to hear some bits of positive news from Joe and Faith. We are pulling for you! The places and things that you have seen and done in your life are an inspiration to all of us. Remembering your kindness, great climbing stories, and awe-inspiring photography keep us comforted during this stretch of your recovery. Know that our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family.
Gary and Nancy Axthelm
sienna burns

Social climber
Great Falls,MT
Jun 20, 2007 - 02:47am PT
Bobby Faithy and Family and friends,
I didn't know about this powerful and gracious forum until Faith wrote yesterday. I have been moved beyond word's I have also gotten glimpses of a Bobby that I hadn't known before. My Dad used to read Robert Service out loud to us growing up some would say that it was to harsh for our ears but we loved not only the tails of strength, fights and adventure but the wonderful "music" that Robert Service ballads have when spoken. He writes about "hard oaks" who sustain and endure hard times and brutality as well as the beauty in nature. Bobby I am sure you will enjoy! All our Love Sienna,John, Alanna and Ryan as well as our extended families.

The Shooting of Dan McGrew By Robert Service
A bunch of the boys were whooping it up
in the Malamute saloon;
The kid that handles the music-box
was hitting a jag-time tune;
Back of the bar, in a solo game,
sat Dangerous Dan McGrew,
And watching his luck was his light-o'-love,
the lady that's known as Lou.

When out of the night, which was fifty below,
and into the din and the glare,
There stumbled a miner fresh from the creeks,
dog-dirty, and loaded for bear.
He looked like a man with a foot in the grave
and scarcely the strength of a louse,
Yet he tilted a poke of dust on the bar,
and he called for drinks for the house.
There was none could place the stranger's face,
though we searched ourselves for a clue;
But we drank his health, and the last to drink
was Dangerous Dan McGrew.

There's men that somehow just grip your eyes,
and hold them hard like a spell;
And such was he, and he looked to me
like a man who had lived in hell;
With a face most hair, and the dreary stare
of a dog whose day is done,
As he watered the green stuff in his glass,
and the drops fell one by one.
Then I got to figgering who he was,
and wondering what he'd do,
And I turned my head -- and there watching him
was the lady that's known as Lou.

His eyes went rubbering round the room,
and he seemed in a kind of daze,
Till at last that old piano fell
in the way of his wandering gaze.
The ragtime kid was having a drink;
there was no one else on the stool,
So the stranger stumbles across the room,
and flops down there like a fool.
In a buckskin shirt that was glazed with dirt
he sat, and I saw him sway;
Then he clutched the keys with his talon hands
-- my God! but that man could play!

Were you ever out in the Great Alone,
when the moon was awful clear,
And the icy mountains hemmed you in
with a silence you most could hear;
With only the howl of a timber wolf,
and you camped there in the cold,
A half-dead thing in a stark, dead world,
clean mad for the muck called gold;
While high overhead, green, yellow and red,
the North Lights swept in bars? --
Then you've a hunch what the music meant...
hunger and night and the stars.

And hunger not of the belly kind,
that's banished with bacon and beans,
But the gnawing hunger of lonely men
for a home and all that it means;
For a fireside far from the cares that are,
four walls and a roof above;
But oh! so cramful of cozy joy,
and crowned with a woman's love --
A woman dearer than all the world,
and true as Heaven is true...
(God! how ghastly she looks through her rouge, --
the lady that's known as Lou).

Then on a sudden the music changed,
so soft that you scarce could hear;
But you felt that your life had been looted clean
of all that it once held dear;
That someone had stolen the woman you loved;
that her love was a devil's lie;
That your guts were gone, and the best for you
was to crawl away and die.
'Twas the crowning cry of a heart's despair,
and it thrilled you through and through --
"I guess I'll make it a spread misere,"
said Dangerous Dan McGrew.

The music almost died away...
then it burst like a pent-up flood;
And it seemed to say, "Repay, repay,"
and my eyes were blind with blood.
The thought came back of an ancient wrong,
and it stung like a frozen lash,
And the lust awoke to kill, to kill...
then the music stopped with a crash,
And the stranger turned, and his eyes they burned
in a most peculiar way;
In a buckskin shirt that was glazed with dirt
he sat, and I saw him sway;
Then his lips went in in a kind of grin,
and he spoke, and his voice was calm,
And "Boys," says he, "you don't know me,
and none of you care a damn;
But I want to state, and my words are straight,
and I'll bet my poke they're true,
That one of you is a hound of hell...
and that one is Dan McGrew."

Then I ducked my head, and the lights went out,
and two guns blazed in the dark,
And a woman screamed, and the lights went up,
and two men lay stiff and stark.
Pitched on his head, and pumped full of lead,
was Dangerous Dan McGrew,
While the man from the creeks lay clutched to the breast
of the lady that's known as Lou.

These are the simple facts of the case,
and I guess I ought to know.
They say the stranger was crazed with "hooch,"
and I'm not denying it's so.
I'm not so wise as the lawyer guys,
but strictly between us two --
The woman that kissed him -- and pinched his poke --
was the lady that's known as Lou.

nita

climber
chico ca
Jun 20, 2007 - 03:26am PT
Bobby,We've never met , but after reading these posts, I can see you are a friend -loved by many. Here in supertopo land, we are sending out our healing thoughts and prayers...to you.

Right now -I am singing to you, a couple of verses of my favorite, Emmylou Harris song: Love and Happiness.

here's a wishing well
here's a penny for
any thought it is that makes you smile
every diamond dream
everything that brings
love and happiness
to your life

here's a spinning wheel
use it once you've learned
there's a way to turn
the straw to gold
here's a rosary
count on every bead
with a prayer to keep
the hope you hold

you will always have a lucky star
that shines because of what you are
even in the deepest dark
because your aim is true
and if i could have one wish
darling,then it would be this
love and happiness for you....

and full recovery.... ;-)
bunnypoo

climber
Jun 20, 2007 - 03:27am PT
Bobby,

This evening I ran to the highest hilltop I could find. I wanted to send you the smell of sage, the awe of so many dragonflies in their mystical play, the sound of the wind and crickets - the power and the beauty of this earth to renew your spirit. I sent a prayer with the setting sun that it's immense energy rise on you each day and give you strength and reawaken you 110% to this fine world.
All my love-
Molly
JoeMax

Mountain climber
Belfry
Jun 20, 2007 - 06:31am PT
Dear Freinds: Just got back from the hospital finished a visit with bobby,faith. He is is still in a restful condition.His neurological response to pain stimuli is there. he don't like that much for sure. That was the first time I saw that so ! that was good! Bobby had some fever yesterday, they are treating that with antibotics ,so that seemed to be reduced today. Yesterday his resipiration rate was quite high 30+ , and he was sweaty and seemed bothered ,so got out of the ICU befor Bobby got up and started telling everyone to just leave ME alone. Bobby has alittle shrine going in his room .I brought a box from "Joe's World"Knome,Gizzard stone,mountain goat fur,picture of twin lakes,Tiki God of Brain Ingury statue,Saint Christopher Metal,you know stuff like that. Faith was holding a piece of Wyoming sage under his nose, it made Bobby wiggle his nose ++++
Bobby is still with us and planing his next project as we speak! Thank you all for your throughts and prayers.I'll keep ya posted.Remain stong,Remain calm . FOR BOBBY JOE
Charlotte

climber
DC, Turks and Caicos
Jun 20, 2007 - 08:10am PT
Hey Bob-Meister,

It's hot and muggy in DC right now - and here I am, thinking that Faith was supposed to be here in a few days!!! Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I made some coffee this morning, and it was Kilimanjaro, so it made me think of you and mountain-slayers of your ilk ...

Lifting my (coffee) cup to you,

Charlotte

PS: extra big hugs to Faith and Anne
dadsloader

Social climber
chester-le- street england
Jun 20, 2007 - 09:59am PT
Thanks so much JoeMax that info lifted me --great stuff-- just following on from Faith,s little stories -- and taking what JCB said about BoMo and his little ways


On one of his recent trips to Engalnd/Scotland we were looking across a valley with the cloud base below and pheasants flying as high as cathedrals above us Bobbys Dad asks me" How is the game book coming along Steve " ( we try to keep a written record of where we go who are our companions and things that happen--us older types like to reflect sometimes ) I reply rather embarrassed that I,m way behind - but that I have the details to write up-- no problem(!)
His father replies in that lovely Wyoming drawl or it may have been that upper class English affectation he carries off so well -Old Boy (not wanting to put me down)

Yunno Steeevee-- Bobby, s so meticulous he would have written the journal everyday straightaway ---(and I reply in my N East English accent-)--Is that so? well if Bobby,s so clever why didn,t he write the journal before we started? (This was said in jest and we laughed ) So I know where JCBs coming from.

So far as I know Bobby has never visited England /Scotland to climb or photo graph --
With some friends we made an attempt at Easter time in 82 on the Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye --we were beaten back by weather and sheer fright at times - but it remains a classic British traverse and is still a dream of mine to try again - I think its mostly guided now but those days it was fair game. So Bobby when your ready help haul my backside over the Cuillins -- Positive thoughts and our prayers to you and for you -
Gil Williams

Social climber
FL
Jun 20, 2007 - 10:56am PT
Bobby;
We've never met, and I have little record of climbing, other that at the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in New Mexico…many years ago. Yet I wanted to write and tell you that you do have a close knit group as I read the other posts on this website.
I am a commercial photographer here in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, and through three Mission Trips to Africa, I have found it is hard to not have a desire for Adventure on that Continent. Though my trips are "silent retreats" compared to your adventures, I just drove from Nairobi to Capetown with friends, and driving across S. Africa by myself a couple of times. Yet, I think I have an inkling understanding for your love for Africa and the people there. It is an amazing place.
I will continue to pray for you and your recovery, as well as your family. (Please know that you have an amazing sister & friends who stay so close to you {and Faith you better! read that out loud & clear to him and to yourself)… and I will continue to pray for you all, and please let us know if there is anything we (the SuperTopo Climer's Forum) can do.
Gil Williams
Mr. Southfork

Ice climber
Cody, WY
Jun 20, 2007 - 11:13am PT
Hey Bobby, I'm going to breakfast at the Noonbreak (again) and thought of you. We haven't had time to do very much in the last five years except meet for a meal. I'm confident that this tragedy will pass so we can enjoy Steve's fine cooking together again.
Thanks to all for the updates and especially SUPERTOPO for providing this forum.

Sincerely,

Todd G. Cozzens
Janet Cozzens

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 20, 2007 - 11:22am PT
Hey Bobby,
I just want to give you an update on the things happening around the neighborhood. There are trees and shrubs going in where Cody Feed used to be. There are new trees between the curb and the sidewalk the length of the empty lot. The grass is coming in next and it will be here shortly. The block is starting to sparkle a little. Barron is really putting forth an effort here and wants things to look great. Your building has inspired Barron to do some work with this building. It will be beautiful. Between your building, this building, and the Chamberlain, the block is looking great!!
Kirt and I and the boys hiked up to Glacier Lake in the Beartooth's on Father's Day. We got snowed on at the end of the trail. It was beautiful and I couldn't help but think of you and know in my heart that you will make it back out into this country that is so wild and calling your name. Do you hear it calling to you? We are all here wanting to talk to you and reminece about adventures of the past and adventures not yet taken. You are with all of us as we are with you. I know that you are there enjoying the stories, so we will keep them coming - stay tuned!
Sincerely,
Janet
Coezy

Social climber
Cody
Jun 20, 2007 - 11:29am PT
Bobby - We are all praying that you and your family. Hoping that you make a speedy recovery and get back to Cody soon.
Love, Anne and Jim Hayes
Cynthia Rankin

Social climber
Cody, Wyoming
Jun 20, 2007 - 11:46am PT
Hi Bobby

Just wanted you to know that my prayers are going out to you and your family daily. Hang in there, the world is in need of a few good men. You are definitely one of the good guys. Looking forward to receiving another one of your exasperated phone calls from Kenya.

Cynthia Rankin
L

climber
A small kayak on a very big ocean
Jun 20, 2007 - 12:14pm PT
Bobby,

Like several others here, I've known you only through your work--some absolutely amazing photographs--but after reading this entire thread, I feel I know you as well as my own brother.

You seem like a man with a spirit as large as the Earth herself, and a heart to match. The strength and determination which pulled you through so many other close encounters will surely pull you through this one, too. And with the love and good will of so many--family and friends (both known and unknown)--I know we'll see more of your incredible photos, and hear of your continuing exploits and adventures in the future.

Namaste Bobby--you're almost at the summit.


Laura
khaki

Social climber
wayne
Jun 20, 2007 - 12:46pm PT
Dearest Bobby-
You are a light that shines so bright in our family! We all are praying for you and wish that we could be there to hold your hand! We always love to hear all of the stories of your accomplishments and when we are flipping through a national geographic or another outdoor related magazine and find your work ~ your cousin Alex and I feel so proud that you are our cousin. You are an amazing human being that we all respect and admire so much! I want to spend wonderful family times together. We are all praying for you and love you!
Khaki Young
Mallamo

Trad climber
NC
Jun 20, 2007 - 02:19pm PT
BoMo,

The first time I met you we were boarding a plane heading to Mali West Africa. I had heard of you but as you looked me over I could tell you were sizing me up. Your wheels were turning and your eyes were squinting, “Who is this Mallamo guy” I could hear you saying in your head. By the time we landed in Bamako, after several small cans of beer and an 18-hour flight, we were long-time friends. When the Harmattan Winds came, bringing with them a month long sand storm, we commiserated as we tried desperately to keep our cameras clean and the zippers on our tents functional. And as we were about to rappel down into the “Cave of Skulls” (from that manky anchor Hatcher set) we drew sticks to see who would go first. You won.

Since then we have been to many extreme places together, trying to stay out of each other’s shot and trying to tell a story through images we were capturing. In Kenya we watched the largest full moon in 130 years rise over the Ndoto Mountains while listening to the Samburu chant in the village below us. In Greenland we hauled loads up the hill to base camp talking only enough to get the words out without having to inhale a mouthful of mosquitoes or black flies. In Patagonia we awakened every morning for 2 weeks at 4:oo a.m. to walk the three miles to the spot we had scouted to get a shot of Fitz Roy in golden morning light, and as we waited for that moment we talked about many things including how hard it was to get a shot of Fitz Roy in golden morning light. In Pakistan you watched as I plugged my iPod into a very suspect outlet in the Jeep we were riding in only to see sparks and flames come from under the dash. On our next trip to Pakistan you did the exact same thing rendering your iPod useless for the remainder of the journey.

Throughout these experiences and the endless list of other ones it was always you that kept up that positive attitude and never ending enthusiasm you always seem to exude even as you tried desperately to get your iPod to work. When times got rough or even downright scary you were the one that kept your wits and looked at things in a straightforward manner and said, “We have to keep going forward, what other choice do we have”. Always beaming with that Model smile.

That is why it is now our turn to emulate you and have the positive outlook and optimism that seems to come to you so naturally. You WILL get through this, you WILL beat this and we WILL have many more experiences together to recall later in life when this episode is merely a memory and we sit and share a bottle of Tullamore Dew.

I love you like a brother.

Peter



me & Bill Hatcher with BoMo in "The Cave of Skulls" near the village of Sangha-Mali, West Africa 1998


KWG

climber
Jackson, WY
Jun 20, 2007 - 02:56pm PT
I have been following this forum daily since reading about Bobby's accident on the Jackson Hole News & Guide Web site but have been reluctant to post as a)I'm not a climber, b)I'm not a photographer, and, c)I'm not even a "friend" of Bobby or his family.

I only crossed paths with Bobby a few times at the University of Wyoming -- we had friends in common. Somehow I ended up with a hilarious snapshot of him at one winter's "Norwegian Olympics."

Anyway.

Some years after graduating from UW I stumbled upon some amazing evidence of Bobby's impressive career in National Geographic magazine and was thrilled to discover he was out there doing Wyoming proud.

I should mention, that while Bobby probably has no recollection of me, he was a TA for a photography class I took at UW and I'm convinced I passed with a B primarily due to what I'm assuming was the kind pity Bobby took when grading my horrific work.

Get well soon, Bobby. Wyoming -- and the world -- needs you.

Karen




Rick and Deborah Blanchard

climber
Jun 20, 2007 - 04:11pm PT
Dear Bobby and Family,
Well the world has certainly seemed smaller to us as of late...Our prayers have joined many others from all around the globe-rising up to the heavens , only to meet and mingle together to bring love, hope and healing to ,you, Bobby, and support and love to those surrounding you there. You've brought the world to us thru' your adventures and photographs, now it's our turn to bring the world to you as we all join together to wish for your full recovery.
As we come to terms with such a random act of violence-realizing that this sort of thing can happen anywhere in the world- we reinforce the notion that random acts of KINDNESS can out-number and overshadow them !
Our hope is that the strenghth and the devotion of your family, combined with your own strong will and tenacity,and the prayers of all of us- will see you through.Hoping to see you all back here in Cody soon- Love,Deb, Rick, and the boys
Wendy

climber
Cody
Jun 20, 2007 - 04:14pm PT
Bobby,

We don’t know each other very well, the polite greeting when I answer the phone and making sure everything is in order and signed on the tax to mail, but you still know me and we speak no matter where we meet in town. I’m finding out from the postings there’s a wild side to that polite gentleman that I visit with in passing.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You’re a lucky man to have such a great family and friends. Get well soon and continue your adventures, you’re making the world a better place and bringing it home to Cody. All of Cody is thinking of you and hoping for the best.

Wendy Jacobs
Heather Merten- Cowden

Social climber
Hagerman
Jun 20, 2007 - 04:59pm PT
To follow up with Lyon's theme: Classic Bobby Model stories, I have to share this one, since someone just mentioned Norwegain Olympics.
Those of us who were lucky enough to have experienced that event in Laramie, only truly know how crazy that event really was!! I of course have my own Norwegain Olympic tales but this one is about Bobby and Nick Rhorbach who were the newby's on the University of Wyoming Ski Team/Club.who spent the countless hours creating the massive ski jump, I am guessing Stine, maybe Sverre and Jake probably had something to do with it too. Anyway, the deal was the new guys had to jump off the ski jump in tele skis in thier modest birthday suits. It was freezing cold that day of course,( this is Wyoming in the Snowy Range!) But there was plenty of warm glug to go around and after a large amount of that, Nick and Bobby were ready to perform. I remember them shivering, teeth chattering, only brave enough to strip down to their boxer shorts, but not afraid to show off their ski physique to the 100's of Cowboys. Anyway long story short the snow was quite hard, They both jumped only to land on their behinds, the impact tearing back their thin boxers and the skin on their behinds!
They both ended up with very raw, red heiny's. Cute Heiny's I must add!
Love Heather
JoeMax

Mountain climber
Belfry
Jun 20, 2007 - 05:08pm PT
Bobby rests well ,no new news. ALL your thoughts and prayers are with him. Thank You all. LOVE JOE
Health Educator

Social climber
Midwest City, Oklahoma
Jun 20, 2007 - 06:38pm PT
Bobby,

I just want to let you know I am thinking of you. I remember so much of taking care of you starting when you were only 6 and Faith was 4. I remember your tree house and the frustration you had with the first board of about 10 nails, the bathroom you so proudly made, and that you were always so determined to do what ever you put your mind to. I know you can do this too. You have always been a survivor. I remember the trail rides you, your mom, Faithy and I made above the ranch and the TV we made because there wasn't one in the cabin.

I know we haven't seen each other for years but you and Faith will always have a special place in my heart and are one of the reasons I work with children today. Ken and Bev Pulse have also been asking about you and we have been communicating back and forth every time either one of us hears any news. Ken especially really was worried and shook up when he heard about you being hurt.

I have been sending up prayers daily and also have been looking on the NG website to view your wonderful pictures. You have a gift that is awaiting you to come back to.

Karen (Horner) Blackwell

Cheryl Bragonier-Vukelich

Social climber
Des Moines
Jun 20, 2007 - 06:48pm PT
Faith, et al,
Thank you so much for the updates! I check every day to see if there has been any progress. I know that injuries like this are usually very slow healing, but with Bobby I just keep expecting a miracle. There are many prayers being lifted up for you Bobby (as well as the entire family!).

There is not a lot of climbing to do here in Iowa, but they do spray down the silos so they can do ice climbing in the winter. We still would love to have you come stay with us when you are back up to speed. Jack wants you to give him photography lessons!

It is also nice to hear from other friends as well. Janet C.- thanks for the update on happenings in Cody, and your family outing. Give those cute little guys hugs from us.

Love, Cheryl, Milo, Aly, and Jack
SVO

climber
Lander, WY
Jun 20, 2007 - 10:27pm PT
Bobby -
Like all of the Lander crew, we have been anxiously awaiting messages from South Africa through the e-mail forwarding and SuperTopo. Today I was working in Pinedale and as I drove south of town I had this amazing flashback, which had me smiling all afternoon...we had all camped out at Skinner Brothers after Todd and Amy's wedding. After an amazing wedding, great food, stories, huge bonfire and an awesome breakfast that morning, Scott and I loaded into your truck for the ride out of the mountains. At one point there was a low spot in the rutted dirt road where an impressive puddle had formed, well, sort of a small pond really. As we approached the puddle, we could see Ty in his Volkswagen Rabbit carefully crawling around one steep edge of the water, windows down to enjoy a perfect spring/summer day. You looked at us with your infamous smile, said "Watch this!" and hit the gas. We hit the center of the puddle with enough speed to create a wave of water the went over the top of the Rabbit. The pond depth was significantly depleted with a good bit of that inside the car.
Heal fast, Bobby! We are thinking of you and your family all the time!

Leslie Bechtel-Van Orman


Becky Brown (Covert)

climber
Cody, WY & Atlanta, GA
Jun 20, 2007 - 10:37pm PT
Bobby!

Can you believe I just heard about your crazy idea of a vacation? Mom and Dad were out of town for forever, just got back yesterday - and filled me in on the news (they didn't have cell phones or a phone when they were away, so they just heard too).

I can't believe our 10 year reunion was 6 years ago - it was great seeing you then, and I can't wait to see you at our 20th. Yuck, I can't believe we're even close to our 20th.

I can tell that your family, friends, and hospital staff are taking great care of you in South Africa. Don't let them down - keep improving every day, I know you can do it!

We'll keep you in our thoughts every day. I've been looking at all your photographs again online - you are so amazing. You need to get back out there soon because there sooo many more pictures you've got to take.

Talk to you soon.

Becky
Meinecke's

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 21, 2007 - 12:03am PT
Bobby,

Someday, they are going to make a movie about your life. "The Bobby Model Story". Right now, you are writing the toughest chapters of your life. We, the audience, are sitting on the edge of our seats, waiting for that happy scene where you completely recover, and we dry tears of joy.

Come on Bobby, we believe. God will heal.
Matt

Trad climber
State of Mind
Jun 21, 2007 - 01:06am PT
go bobby go!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 21, 2007 - 01:28am PT
hey there all, i posted this, so folks can learn more about head injuries... i decided to do this after a friend shared her husband's situation, and felt that folks should know ahead of time how to help others--these are things that i already knew--but the general public, does NOT... and perhaps it may be good for you folks to know where these helpful links are (they are listed after this poem) ... god bless to all bobby's family and friends....here is my post:

hey there all, as bobby faces what is sad, and wrong...
please note, i am sharing this,as the days move along...

as folks, through troubles, have come to know...
to tackle life, one must have knowledge grow...

whether it's to be, and/or, to do ones very best...
in the rocks one seeks to climb, as their quest...

one must safely make their way...
by skilled precautions, they've learned, and passed on to others, in say...

as i share these few web-links, is it for brain-injury awareness, you see...
that to your friend bobby, or others walking these hard trails, as it be...

that there be an even deeper support, in their future days...
as the world tends to ignore and look another way...

when those with a brain injury have to wrestle each day...
with things that you've never had to face, or imagined, in any way...

as there are lingering times when a loved one may not seem the
same...
and may be unable to fully, their life's attitudes to reclaim...

yet, other times, there are completely wonderful, exciting, thrilled sucesses...
but, still, you need information to teach you along the way, one
stresses...

even as good climbers must be strong to face the unexpected, too...
as injured brains recover, please learn of all the steps along the way, so you may be part of the healing, in all that you do...

i added the seizure link, by a friends advice...
as,you see, after a head injury, he was NEVER told by his doc, which was not nice...

that he was now high-risk for one...
even THOUGH the injury was healed, and done...

many head injuries can lead to seizures, years down the road...
as far too many folks, have come to know...

now is the time to learn, and be ready to understand...
and to even pray that for bobby, does NOT a'land...

perhaps if we pray AHEAD of time...
this will not do such a damage, for off, down the line...

it is very sad that after fighting so hard, as it be...
that there could be more shocks, to burden he...

well, ending this share, now, please, in your well-wishes, work now to remember, to build yourselves up to be prepared...
to do all you can in the future, for a dear friend, by standing by his side, through future's thick-or-thin, or whatever is fared...

love will be the best medicine around...
and your double-dose can start now, as bobby pushes for a hard
start, from low ground...

to reach his goal, of regaining life, even if in new, different ways in some areas, it may so seem...
yet--with work, trust, and insight, and honor given to each new
challenge, he will wave a victory flag, and a smile of gleam...

HERE ARE TWO GOOD LINKS of awareness:
http://www.biausa.org/Wyoming/whatis.htm
(there is a high amount of information here, in this brain injury link, so scroll down)

http://www.epilepsyontario.org
(for the above site, there are many links to learn from at the
left-side list--this is a very well done)information site)
elemental

Gym climber
Lander, Wyoming
Jun 21, 2007 - 09:58am PT
http://www.mounteverest.net:80/news.php?news=16121
RWolff

climber
Powell, WY
Jun 21, 2007 - 10:49am PT
Bobby...I have only met you a couple of times but that was all it took to see what an amazing person you are. I do believe so strongly in the power of prayer and what amazing things God can do. I will continue to pray for you and your family.

Reanne Wolff
Scott Bragonier

climber
Cody Native
Jun 21, 2007 - 11:06am PT
Hey Bobby,

I think I remember Faith writing that you are being read all of these postings, so I just wanted to let you know that I’m dragging myself through life and refreshing the SuperTopo website everyday, all day long. One thing is certain; you have an incredible base of fans and friends. I am jealous of all of the people, a lot of them I have never heard of, who have been fortunate to spend time with you the past 10 years and right now. I do know you surround yourself with good people, so I think of them as “our” friends. You’ve been a hard man to keep up with, especially to those of us landlocked in the USA. When we follow your adventures though websites and magazines I think it makes most of us look at our own accomplishments as pale in comparison.

I’ve definitely had a few laughs at the embarrassing stories posted lately. I decided that I will save the real embarrassing stories like when we were in second grade bell choir....wait, did I just type that....for when we’re hanging out as you heal up. Besides, an entire childhood full of memories would take up too much space. I looked up my last e-mail to you and the last sentence reads, “I just hope you stay safe out there, your friend Scott.”

Guess I need to have some words with you!

Your friend Scott
Cookie

climber
aspen co.
Jun 21, 2007 - 11:18am PT
thinking of you all with love and prayers..
JCB

climber
Lander, WY, someday again
Jun 21, 2007 - 11:42am PT
Bomo, you sandbaggin' sunovagun. I was reading Mallamo's post, and thinking about the first time we met: Steve and I were camping on your floor--you were renting in Cody, just back from somewhere abroad--and we convinced you to go climbing with us.

After hemming and hawing a bit ("I don't know, I haven't been climbing in over a year. I'm so out of shape. Let's see...I can't remember the last time I went. I wonder where my ice gear is?") you agreed. And so we set off, by way of Our Place.

My first clue was on the approach, but I was sweating too much at the time to notice. You were not laboring--a conspicuous absence of sweat or heavy breathing--as we plodded up to the base of the route, despite the fact that you were wearing about three layers, including a thick fleece. Steve and I were down to base layers, and my heart was beating so hard from the exertion that I thought it might explode.

My second clue should have been that you didn't eat or drink anything the entire day. Sure, we'd all had the farmer's breakfast and lots of coffee at the diner, but by the top of the second pitch Steve and I had blown practically all of our food, and most of yours.

After Steve and I lead a number of pitches, we came to the last hurdle: a free-standing pillar of steep, over-hanging ice. Courage not only left me, it ran back to the car, rolled up the windows and locked the doors, and drove back to Lander crying. The sharp end of the rope lay there in the snow, waiting.

You, Mr. Nonchalance, said, "The ice looks okay to me, I can give it a try unless one of you guys wants it." Steve's relieved response was, "It's my turn to belay." And then your ice clinic began: good swings, testing every placement, solid footwork, great pro. Basically, you rocked it. No panicked "Watch me!", no limp wrist swings from forearm pump, no it's-too-hard-to-place-pro-so-I-won't. Following your lead left my arms so pumped I thought I would have to chew through my thumbs to release my grip on my tools.

You didn't have much to say about your super-hero performance--I think I recall a "that was a nice pitch"--even though we were blubbering "That was awesome! Incredible!" Okay, maybe I was blubbering. I don't want to ruin Steve's rep. In any event, it was my third and final clue: you are Superman.

Just typing this today, I realized that what I really learned that day is that you're the rarest of all characters: a doer. I plan and train and practice for climbing or for skiing or, to get all big picture on you, for life. You don't have time for all of that training and practice, because you're too busy getting out there, getting after it, doing it. You saw the climb, you wanted to climb it, so you did it. In your life, you see what you want, and you just do it.

So, get better and get your ass back here for a spell. We are waiting here patiently for you, ready to belay. You can add your accident to your list of excuses on why you're out of shape for climbing. But personally, I won't buy it.

Lots of love, my dear friend.

Justin
Wendy Cortez

climber
Cody
Jun 21, 2007 - 12:33pm PT
Bobby, Faith and Family:

It is amazing each day to read all the notes on this site to Bobby and your family, he has made a huge impact in many people's lives. Bobby keep on fighting, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers each day!

Love
Wendy
J. Lehman

climber
Fort Collins, CO
Jun 21, 2007 - 02:07pm PT
Tiffany and my prayers and best wishes are with you, Bobby. I don't know you that well, really, just of you. I've always been kept abreast of your doings, however. Your mom tells my mom who tells me. In that way, you have always inspired me. I love hearing of your adventures.

I remember the first time you made an impression on me. I was eight or nine years old and in my Sunday school class. My mom was the teacher. You were in the older kids' class and politely entered our room. You asked my mom for some paper and a stapler. She grabbed them and handed them to you and asked what you needed them for. You graciously accepted the items and responded, "We're making spitballs. Thanks!" And you left the room. Man, you were cool. I really wanted to be in your class. I still wonder to this day, what the hell did you do with the staples? You'll have to let me know.

Get better, Bobby, you have many more adventures ahead of you.

Josh and Tiffany Lehman
Charlotte

climber
DC, Turks and Caicos
Jun 21, 2007 - 08:37pm PT
Hey Bob-Meister,

Just heard from Faith, who sent an email at something like two in the morning SA time (hey, you know her better than anyone ...) and she confirmed that you are getting these messages every day. I'm not sure who benefits the most from them, you or all of us who apparently check the web site dozens of time each day in the hope of hearing how you are and to hear from others who love you as much as we all do. I'm afraid you're going to have a fair bit of explaining to do when you wake up ... (and, Bobby's childhood friends, PLEASE keep the stories coming!!!)

It sounds like you are surrounded by the best people, and there have even been some reports from some of the (cute) nurses who claim that you may not be completely asleep and who swear that you check them out when no one is paying attention. Knowing you for the gentleman that you are, I know these dastardly rumors to be untrue but, just a friendly advice, you may want to be more discreet in the future ...

I called Julie in Nairobi and she and Eduardo are well. We talked about their wedding and the fun you all apparently had. Great, now I feel even worse that I missed it! I know they are all waiting for you to get back and I will hold you to your plans to be in Kenya for the year's end holidays (this year or the next, it doesn't really matter).

Otherwise, all is well (and boring) in DC, I'm actually working a lot these days but hopefully it won't last much longer. I'm definitely planning on going back to Madagascar in the fall and, as you know I always "have" to fly through NBO, so hopefully I'll see you and Faith there.

OK, bud, that's all the news for the day, you take good care of yourself and hug everyone for me,

Charlotte
Matt

Trad climber
State of Mind
Jun 21, 2007 - 08:52pm PT
unbelievable thread here on the taco-
must be an unbelievable guy, this bobby feller.

(did i type that wyoming accent correctly?)
labrat

Trad climber
Nevada
Jun 21, 2007 - 10:24pm PT
Good thoughts going your way
Erik
Mees

climber
Jun 21, 2007 - 11:41pm PT
There were so many good memories form the Christ Episcopal church growing up. To this day the only person I've seen wear full camo fatigues to church was young Bobby. Well at least the only person that was in the Bell Choir and under 10 years of age. He would come packing m16s, radios, impressive blades and everything else a young soldier of fortune required for the sunday service. There was a secret crawl space under the church where many of us could be found from time to time. I seem to recall a certain young explorer being one of the more bold that ventured into that particular "cave". He did have m16s and flash lights, yes..but it was creepy down there and the m16s were made by hasbro..
Hard to imagine that was almost 30 years ago, but I can remember how impressive it was that a much younger lil feller haha showed the big kids how to get down there. Most of whom were too scared to enter in the first place. You definitely were and have always been a charger, a term our friend would say. You always charged forth and lived in the moment and those moments are so dear to all of us man. We can't wait to hear about the next project and all of the amazing people you have met along the way.
Heal Wholly my friend
emagic

climber
Cody
Jun 21, 2007 - 11:45pm PT
Bobby,

I am truly grateful for the opportunity to know you. Insipration. So many have said this word when speaking of you. So many stories have been told of you and your crazy zest for life! Knowing you since the second grade and all through school and life has given me lots of memories to reflect on, smile about and even laugh that we were so neglectful to caution! Somehow God smiled on us and protected us for a purpose. Your purpose could very well have been to inspire and bring hope to those who were in need. Now let us return the favor and inspire you to recover. We have been through difficult times before with Tyler, Miah and others we were close to, and we made it through. Lean on us for your strength right now, let us carry you through till you can climb on your own.

To Bobby's family: My prayers and thoughts are with you and Bobby.

Inspire us one more time with a full recovery!

Eric Mackay

Crystal Lee (Deroche)

climber
Cody,Wy
Jun 22, 2007 - 12:54am PT
Bobby,

You are in my thoughts and prayers daily. You are such an inspiration to many and loved by the world. Reading through the postings I have laughed and remembered some of these great stories and have really enjoyed reading from many people I have not seen or talked to for years. It has been some time since I have seen you and thru your great family and friends I feel I have gotten to know you again! You are a special person with much more work to do in this life KEEP UP THE FIGHT. To Bobby's family and friends THANK-YOU for sharing the news and updates. Hang in there Bobby

~Crystal
Coezy

Social climber
Cody
Jun 22, 2007 - 12:54am PT
Bobby - Jim and I ( also Meg and Jay ) are thinking about you and praying for you every day. We love you and want you back here in Cody with us. Love, Anne
nickrohrbach

Trad climber
bainbridge island
Jun 22, 2007 - 03:39am PT
Hi Bobby, Nick here-
In the past 2 weeks there hasn't been a day, let a waking hour, that I haven't thought of you. With every one of those thoughts comes a memory of you, expanding the last thirty-some-odd years I've known you. From hooking the treehouse up with electricity, hucking throwing stars into Sylvia' restaurant after skiing, catching your first lead fall on 5.8 crack when we ventured alone because Charles could lead for us, and the college years and Dr. Jaeger... Ouch, those shots hurt...
I do look forward to more of these great times.
I am sooooo happy that Faith is at your side. No one better than that! Faithy has always been a sister to me, and in that regard, you have always been my older brother. A little picking on, but only to make me stronger... right?

Man, Brother, your in our thoughts, prayers- everything.

I'm coming home to Cody for the 4th this year and was hoping to see you. Lets meet up next year for sure!

I love you, Bobby, and look forward to seeing your mischievous grin again soon.

Love Nick, Morgan, Simi, (and kid #2...) Rohrbach

PS Faithy: We love you more than your could ever know!!!!!
PPS Bob, Ann, Jim, Mona: out warmest and best thoughts for you! We are praying day and night.
PPPS Joe: Thanks for being there- It is a comfort to know your there keeping watch.
elemental

Gym climber
Lander, Wyoming
Jun 22, 2007 - 09:05am PT
JUST GOT THE JUNE 22 UPDATE FROM FAITH:

Dear All,

I'm really struggling to find words that might convey a glimmer of the
magnitude of gratitude that we have for the worldwide support, love, light,
hope and affirmations directed toward Bobby and his healing process. I
believe this is one of the greatest gifts of our lives and we will never
forget. You have been extraordinary and we are sharing and saving every
written and sent note, letter, email, gift, picture, rock, plant, etc for
Bobby when he wakes. As I've mentioned before, I am sure that Bobby is
closest to the surface when I settle in for what has become a morning ritual
of message reading. The nurses often tilt their ears to listen and I can
hear one or more softly laugh or sigh behind me as they bustle about,
continually shaking their heads in amazement at the mass of support and
love, sometimes wiggling Bobby's knee and adding to the encouragement. Your
hope, love and humor are infectious.

It's been really great to have Joe Maxwell here, not only for Bobby, but
also for the rest of us...and frankly, it's good to balance all the
nurturing and petting with some additional masculine Wyoming love. My dad
and Jim are thrilled.

Bobby continues to rest peacefully with very stable vitals. We've been
meeting with the doctors and we're information gathering at the moment as
there will soon be decisions to make about possible additional procedures,
where do we go from here, etc. Needless to say, the priority is to ensure
that Bobby is on the best possible healing path for him. Once we have more
information and clarity about all of this, we will let you know how we will
proceed. Bobby, in his infinite wisdom and anal retentiveness, has made it
very easy to navigate through all business matters and logistics. He's the
best.

In the meantime, we send endless thanks and much love from us all,
especially Bobby.

Faith
PS: Mariella showed us all this story about a friend of hers and I find it
encouraging and inspiring, so im passing it on...

http://www.nppa.org/news_and_events/news/2005/02/trotter.html
Brown

Trad climber
New Forest, UK
Jun 22, 2007 - 09:19am PT
Dear Bobby,


We have not met but I feel compelled to write after hearing about your accident. I came across your name and learnt a bit about you last month when I was reading ‘Beyond The Summit’ by Todd Skinner. Your skill and commitment on Trango Tower was and still is truly inspiring. Although a climber myself, in general I don’t keep a breast of what is happening in the professional climbing world – but after reading Skinner’s book I wanted to look up the Trango team names on the internet to see what they were up to now. I was saddened to hear of Skinner’s death last year and your unfortunate accident earlier this month and the disappearance of Steve Betchel’s partner. I am praying for all of you and your families as I write and thought with everything that’s going on right now you especially Bobby could do with some words of encouragement.

In the early 90’s I had a serious head injury after falling off a route at The Roaches, a grit-stone crag in the UK – I landed on my head - I wasn’t wearing a helmet. My skull was smashed at the front and my brain was exposed to the elements. I got a ride in a helicopter off the mountain and then spent time in the Neuro Ward of a very good hospital. It was 50/50 whether I would make it or not - but eventually I pulled through.

I bought Skinner’s book last month mainly for his intended application in helping achieve business goals - rather than climbing goals. But on reflection, the way he explains the ascent of Trango Tower is apt for anyone embarking on a ‘summit’. I wish the words in his book had filtered my may earlier after my climbing accident - as I may have dealt with it and recovered quicker, but he hadn’t written it then.

Skinner has a way with words – I’m sure you know. Have you read his book recently? I thought I’d share some of my notes from ‘Beyond The Summit’. In some way they may help put into context where you might go next in your present situation. I’m not sure where you are on your current summit and whether you know how to get up to the next pitch or even the pitch after that.

Skinner talks about clearly defining your summit and then ‘facing the wall’ and the importance to leave the ground with the right attitude, getting rid of the spectre before you climb and carrying in the pack only what you need – dumping excess baggage. He talks about translating fear and doubt from ‘shouldn’t have come’ to green lights to greater achievement, he says to succeed you must be willing to risk failure. You may start the climb knowing that you’re not good enough, but stay to begin the process of succeeding. Before the 1st step believe the 2nd step will follow and eventually to the millionth step. Skinner says that if you don’t make the commitment to the summit, even if you move upward you will eventually turn back. He talks about keeping in your backpack the habit of ascent, a frontier mentality (believe in impossible being possible). He goes on to talk about breaking the mountain into chunks – must do this to achieve that. He says it’s a physical and mental process – right move you’ll go up, wrong move you’ll go down and find a new way.

Skinner goes onto to say it’s not the fall that’s important; it’s what you do afterwards. He talks about you Bobby – right below the top of Trango Tower – everyone was spent and you fell on a very difficult lead, and at altitude you tried again. He talks about the importance of improvising instead of quitting. I need X to do this, but I have no X – can I make X out of Y and Z? Gather belief in 10ft parcels not 100ft. Skinner talks about taking one more step? Saying yes gives you the option of continuing – answering yes is to leave the past behind and step into the future. Going to the edge of what you can do and then going beyond. He stresses that you never arrive on the summit alone, you come with teammates who shared your struggle and you also bring heroes who inspired you. Don’t compromise your destination for sake of position – you may have to go down to go up – and don’t curse the mountain – it’s your ally, never your enemy.

At the summit you are fundamentally a different person, improved skills and improved belief. Physical fatigue needs rest, emotional fatigue will not be rid through rest; you must consciously drop it. The summit often has a repelling force, that’s why you need life-long ascents – always look into the future and see where you can go.

I hope the words from your buddy Todd Skinner will help you in some way with what you’re going through. Wishing you the very best and continuing to pray for you and your friends and family.


Best, Darren Brown x
lr

climber
on exile in DC from Cody
Jun 22, 2007 - 10:25am PT
Good morning from Virginia to all of you strong people there. Like so many, we have been checking here daily as well as receiving regular updates from dear friends in Cody. What a wonderful community to be connected with! Bobby, while not surprised, I am impressed and inspired with the many people you have touched with your personality as well as your art.

Faith, Anne, Jim, Bob and Kara you are all number 1 our prayers as I know you are with everyone back home at Christ's Church.

Our love to you all,
J.O., Liz, James and Allyson Ratliff
jet

climber
red lodge mt
Jun 22, 2007 - 10:33am PT
Hey Bobby I hear that Joe is there haseling you. if anything will gwet someone goiung it would be him. Gald things are on the up swing. Thinking of you lots. Your pal Jet Joe, safe travels.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jun 22, 2007 - 10:55am PT
Bobby. Hope you recover from this . I don't know you at all, but I was friends with Todd Skinner, and he stayed with me in Arizona , and at Joshua Tree. You always have a place to stay at Joshua Tree, and the climbing community wishes you the best. We are all praying for your well-being, and you have lots of fellow climbers and friends you have never met are behind you all the way through this. Stay with it, and stay strong. I look every day on S T to read about your progress. You can do this. It will happen, with all the love and support from family, friends, and the climbing community. Todd Gordon Joshua Tree, Calif.
elemental

Gym climber
Lander, Wyoming
Jun 22, 2007 - 11:49am PT


MOTIVATION TO LEAVE THE TENT. TRANGO TOWER 1995
JoeMax

Mountain climber
Belfry
Jun 22, 2007 - 05:59pm PT
Hello all:
Just returned from seeing BOBBY: He is resting and appears to be recovering. His sutures on his head have been removed and seem to be healing well.Still looks like a big old softball.Bobby BP,heartate,and respiration are all in the normal range.++
To me Bobby seams very close to the surface???I feel good about his progress,of course I wish it was much faster!!!
The neuro report yesterday reported that approximately 75% of the brain is still alive /functioning, I'm not sure??This is good news what ever it is. I got this second hand ala Faith,Bob,Merriella,Austine?? I So hope its all true!
Most of the swelling on Bobby face has gone down a bunch.This appears to have taken some pressure of his eyeballs,which helps his facial appearance.
Bobbys still ahngin TOUGH.Keep Him in your Thoughts and Prayers.We read Supertopo daily and pass word on to Bobby and the family. Thank You All for Your continued Strenght."Together throught it all". JOE
montanaclimber

Trad climber
Marysville, MT
Jun 22, 2007 - 06:32pm PT
I hope Bobby your condition continues to improve and you can recover from this terrible accident. Please know that you are in my thoughts and I'll be sending all the good vibes I have your way.
Tahoe climber

Trad climber
a dark-green forester out west
Jun 22, 2007 - 06:33pm PT
That's pretty positive news.
I don't know you, Bobby, but COME BACK!
We're rootin' for you.

-Aaron
Jennifer harvey

climber
Sausalito CA, formerly Cody,WY
Jun 22, 2007 - 07:48pm PT

Bobby -
Like many I've been watching updates on this site to hear how you are doing, but didn't feel I had anything more relevant to add to everyones very thoughtful prayers and well wishes.

Until John Quality discovered free climbs. This evening, "Jack", the15-month old love of my life, had already scaled the side of the couch, flipped over the arm, and landed on his back before I could grab for him. When I got to him he gave me a look of abject terror, but what panicked me was how quickly that look became glee. Terror and then glee, sound familiar to you? Somewhere between the green, faux leather couch, and the Cheerio covered carpet, my son found Nirvana. And as I looked at his cheribimic, mischevious face with a scratch on his cheek from bouncing off the fireplace, and a slightly blackened eye from a game we call "Head Meet Wall" I had a revelation: "Oh Lord. This is what Anne must have felt everyday when Bobby was a baby."

So I said another prayer for you, and my son, and lets face it, I said a big one for me. I guess this note is for you, but also Anne because I'm no adventurer, yet here I am raising one. So if you have any tips on how to raise a first rate adventurer like Bobby, I could really use them. Now I'm off to intervene in a struggle with the sock monkey, who seems to have already lost a limb in battle.

We think about you daily as you continue to heal,
Jennifer (Parko), Matt, and John Quality Harvey
Charlotte

climber
DC, Turks and Caicos
Jun 22, 2007 - 08:19pm PT
Hey Bob-Meister,

Good news! (for me, for you, not so much ...) it's Friday night, and the week is FINALLY over. The week-end looms, filled with the promise of long bike rides, some runs, maybe a hike, and DEFINITELY too many mojitos - Anne, you're not reading this are you? if you are, consider yourself hugged anyway ... Maybe it's the emotional drain of following all you're going through from afar, but this week has definitely been one of the longest in a while ... in any case, it is now officially OVER.

I finally got hold of Kazuki last night and he sends his very best. He is actually in the midst of moving his young family (his son Eddy is less than two months old) from Hilo to Molokai so things are a little crazy but he's otherwise well. I'm also sending all the updates to Kim and she too sends her love. We're all rooting for you, bud, so you go right ahead and wake up soon, OK?

The news from your side of the pond seems to be getting better and we all take great comfort in that. They say you now look like a big softball. But wait, I'm confused, didn't you always look like a big softball???? Do tell everyone that we are thinking of them, and tell your Dad that I can't wait to see him again so we can talk politics. I'm sure we will have HEAPS to agree on, like ... like ... uh, hang on, it's going to come to me soon, like ... Never mind, it will be great to see him anyway.

OK, bud, all for now, you just carry on getting better and, as always, give everyone there all my love,

Charlotte
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 22, 2007 - 09:16pm PT
hey there, dear faith, i am wishing wonderful insight to unfold and grow, for bobby... this article that you shared, is bringing light onto a very hard subject...this is the hard challenge of the head injury, as in the article of the BEE photographers...

the world needs to see and hear more from these survivors, as they are the hidden heroes of the world, that the world overlooks... heroes of life, when the brain leaves behind all, or some, of what one has know all their life..... hard trails, and these heroes find themselves in the saddle of a "critter" they wish they could set-in-the-barn, for a remount.... having their "past beloved critter back" would be a dream come true, but they must press-on to new dreams.... they can be wonderful dreams, if there is loved-ones and friends, to cheer them on.... i sincerly am praying and hoping that bobby will be be a successe in his pressing-on, so that he may help others, press-on as well and give many thousands inspiration to reach out to seemnigly overwhelming goals.... thanks for sharing that head injury link, folks need to see and understand these matters.... it has been hidden in the dark, even as epilepsy (seizure disorders, have been).... god bless, and smile... the good lord is holding your hand, once you take that reach-out...

from what a lot of folks have said, as to head injury and the healing process... (cry in secret, become strong...) then, take your self and smile in the mirrow, as you are a a healing-vessle... then, take that smile, and coach your loved into what ever victories he is reaching out to... go from there, with patience... and have joy for each sucess, no matter how small... take our disappointments, back to your room, pray, cry and be stong and refresshed for the new day.... and do it all over again...

two things can happen with a head injury patient... some may never even know that they are not at the full level of capactiy, and therefore, each victory is great for them---sorrows at what you see, can send them to slide...

others, they know of their failings and can become frustrated... then, you must rise to the call and the challange, and reach out and coax them on, with whatever they need---as all folks are different... some will need words spoken in a certain way... louder, softer, with rythem, or other, not... others will need words spoken in strong strait facts...ONLY you will know, AS YOU WORK WITH BOBBY.... that is the key--relationship... and careful watching and studying....

course, once one is fully on their way... do not feel that you must hide your feelings of their life, or situations... as that is not true relationship... at his point in time, there must be times of talking, shareing and geting feelings out into the open and respecting the person as for who he still is... a fellow man/woman, in the walk of life.... worthy of honor, insight, understanding, compassiona and guide lines of keeping a form of self-discipline and acheivement, for self respect....

god bless and much love, neebee.... just new, and hanging around here, cause i saw my brothers name (chappy) ... here...
babboo

Social climber
missoula,mt
Jun 22, 2007 - 10:07pm PT
Thanks joe for updates, honest and difficult for you. Faith, you are amazing. I keep thinking of ABC's Bob Woodruff and his amazing return to his profession. As a mom, and friend of Anne's Ipray for bobby to be able to return to profession, but hope he finds something tamer to keep him happy. I too was there when he was a toddler, climbing, jumping, runnin, always with a wide grin. I understand he may be heading to US soon. I know he is in an amazing facility but it just seems right to have him closer to home and family and friends sarah
Janet Cozzens

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 22, 2007 - 11:36pm PT
Hey Bobby,
Well the grass isn't in yet, but the sprinkler system is being installed. The trees and shrubs look great. The plants are green. We have a little guy from Northern Gardens who sits out by the trees and waters them so that they stay wet. Hopefully, the sprinklers will go in the first part of next week and then the sod can be laid. It is going to look so nice. I feel sorry for the guy who has been keeping things wet. It has been really hot outside lately. He does a good job though.
Anne - I wanted to let you know that Steve went out to the place today and took care of the pool. He got with the folks who are caretaking for you and they got it done. If you need anything else, please just give me a call or write something here. I check this everyday for updates and to see who is here wishing Bobby well. I will do whatever it takes to ease your mind and keep you from worrying about things here while you are doing what is needed to be done there. Give Bobby a hug for me and tell him that I continue to think of him everyday - better yet, I will tell him myself.
Bobby - I am thinking of you and I am praying that you come back to all of your friends and loved ones and talk about this time in your life and say "remember when - look at me now! Would you have ever guessed?". This is my hope for you Bobby, as it is for everyone else talking in this list; so long now, by the way, that it takes a while to scroll down to the bottom. You have touched many lives, whether through your pictures, through your voice, or by just being an inspiration to people who have never even met you. You are a wonderful, amazing human being and your kindness and caring for all mankind has made you someone that everyone wants to know. So, get better so that some of these people here that have never met you may have an opportunity to see what so many of us here see in you. This is my deepest wish. You are so special to so many, just look at this list and you will know.
Heal well Bobby, we are all waiting to see the next chapter to be written in the life and times of Bobby Model!! We are watching and listening so intently - you can't even imagine!
Hope to see you soon,
Janet Cozzens
WillH

Sport climber
Salt Lake City
Jun 23, 2007 - 01:08am PT
Bobby, I heard about your accident the day before I left for Asia. It's been hard being a world away wondering how you are doing. I've thought about you everyday since I've left, always waiting for the email that says you're well and cracking jokes with the nurses.
As each day passes memories flood my mind. I can see you now on top of Huyana Potosi laughing as I gasped up the final summit ridge. Where did a cigar smoking, scotch drinking cowboy get such big lungs?
I'll never forget how you barreled down Lava Falls like a pro. Not bad for a rookie! I still can't believe you won the best boatman award even though I had 15 years rowing experience on you!
You always had a way of making things look so easy. I can hear you now saying, "Come on Willy!", as you led the charge down something I'd come up with, but you somehow stepped up to show me how it was done.
From the simple pleasures of drinking gin and tonics by the pool after climbing Mt. Kenya, to suffering through the worst basecamp cook in the history of climbing in the Quimsa Cruz, I've enjoyed every minute of your unabashed commentary.
Even though I haven't seen you much in the past year, you always made an effort to stay in touch. Your phone calls from the wilds of Pakistan or the African bush to just say hello were more than appreciated. I always got a kick out of telling my friends, "excuse me while I take this call from the Baltoro Glacier".
So Bobby, keep fighting. I've seen you do so much in your life that I know you can conquer this new challenge. Know that all the folks from the Grand, Bon, myself and the Salt Lake crew, Peter in Gremany, and everyone else we've crossed paths with over the years are all pulling for you. I"m looking forward to hearing your voice calling again from some far away place saying, "Hey Willy........
Take care my friend,
Will
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 23, 2007 - 01:28am PT
hey there all...

this is for friends that are interested in learning about seizure and head injuries, so that you will be prepared to help in the long run---if need be... if this is too much to think on now, please feel free not to check it out.... it is in regard to our returning war-soldiers... and what they will most likely face 3-5 years down the road, after recovering...

i know it sounds hard, to learn these things... but even as gals give birth, it is easier for them when they learn what their bodies are doing, then there is no fear or panic, etc... and all goes smoother..... so:

if one knows more of how the brain responds, one will not be a fearful, and one will be able to face overwhelming situationa and overcome and conquer in MOST WONDERFUL ways...

god bless to all.... hope this helps folks that may be learning of new things...

PLEASE NOTE... ON OCCASIONS, this website below will say: ERROR JRUN, or some-such-nonsense, as we all call it :)
but please, try again, sooner or later, it will work...thanks for the try:

http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/epilepsyusa/news/perlmutter.cfm
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 23, 2007 - 01:40am PT
hey there all... thought perhaps you all might like to see that NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC is HONORING bobby model, here on their page... (it appears that the injury-mention, though was from earlier, as we just heard that he is progressing, here at this site)... but you may see your dear friend honored, here...

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/06/070611-geographic-model.html
bunnypoo

climber
Jun 23, 2007 - 04:12am PT
Bobby -
I would like to remind you of the first yoga class I dragged you to . . . after which you took to dropping into warrior 2 and booming out your newly learned mantra - "Love is my weapon!" (For those not present - yoga posed no greater challenge to his stunning athleticism than anything else.)

So, Bobby, call on your warrior spirit now and remember LOVE IS YOUR WEAPON!

Love YOU!
-Molly

Mooncrest Cowhand

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 23, 2007 - 10:07am PT
Bobby,
Were praying daily for you and your family. Hope to see all of you very soon.
Thoughts and Prayers,
JC Hicks and Family
eric/erin

climber
meeteetse, wyoming
Jun 23, 2007 - 12:08pm PT
Bobby: Eric and I are planning on riding in to Robber's Roost for the weekend. I have a good feeling I can get some stories out of him about you all in your younger years on the ranch. We'll be praying for you as we venture out. I hear there has been bear sign there this week. I'd love to see one...but then again, not too close!

Joe and gang: there is a guy here in Meeteetse that had a brain injury last year. His brain was functioning at 10% at one point and I just talked to him in Wal-Mart last week! They predict a full recovery...just takes time. Thought that was encouraging after your last report!

Erin Geving
Largo

Sport climber
Venice, Ca
Jun 23, 2007 - 12:37pm PT
Still pulling for you. If I should have so many good friends as you have!

JL
Wolfie

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes
Jun 23, 2007 - 02:20pm PT
Positive vibes from the Sierras.....You will pull through this Bobby.....your determination for life is so strong....You are healing....Love surrounds you....We are all waiting for those wanderlust eyes to open.....


Gretchen
JoeMax

Mountain climber
Belfry
Jun 23, 2007 - 03:03pm PT
Hello Freinds,
I'm heading off to see Bobby again today/tonight? He rests and is very comfortable.
As i sit with him and watch i think ok Bob enough! Wake up!Bobby is just not ready? Bobby is healing ,Bobby is getting better!?+
The nurse said that when she gave Bobby a bath this after noom Bobby opened his eye?!+++ I hope so!!!!
Marriella (Bobbys Freind) told me that she saw REM(Rapid Eye movement)I have not seen it, I feel Bobby haas been deep in rest Today. Shit! Bobby give me a sign! We are all waiting on the edge of our chairs! Speak to Us !!! love JOE
Charlotte

climber
DC, Turks and Caicos
Jun 23, 2007 - 04:45pm PT
Thanks, Joe, for posting these updates, you have no idea how much we look forward to them. Any news, no matter how small, helps keep the hope alive, so please keep them coming.

Hey Bob-Meister,

As you can imagine, my thoughts have been with you a lot recently and I remember fondly the New Year's in Montana and that time in Nairobi when we hung out with Faith and your friend Peter from Germany. Really, I don't know why people keep referring to you as anal ... you totally let us invade your space, the three of us were camping in your living room and we spent a good deal of time hanging out on the little porch, drinking Tuskers and smoking Sportsmans. It was such a healthy break too ...

In any event, as is often the case, I associate a certain music to that time and a few months after I moved to the Turks and Caicos, Faith sent me a kick-ass CD with some of those songs. Now, all I need to do is close my eyes, hear the first notes and I am back in Karen, hanging out with you, and having a devil of a good time. So, in an attempt to take you back there, and maybe give you yet another nudge to wake up, here is a list of some of the songs. Faith can read out the titles to you, and maybe she can also sing some of them to you, and ... No, wait, that would be cruel and unusual: Faith, why don't you just read him the titles. Here goes:
 OAR Crazy game of poker (the really long version ...)
 Nelly - no matter what I do (all I think about is you)
 The Wallflowers - closer to you
 Finely Quaye - (nothing can compare to when you roll the) Dice
 Outkast - Caroline
 Tori Amos - A sorta fairy tale
 Coldplay - Beautiful World
 Jack Johnson, Flake
 and one of my favorites, Dixie Chicks - Cowboy Take me away
Now, there is also one about "real american heroes, mister underwear inspector # 12" but that one I'd rather forget ...

OK, bud, that's it for today, I need to go for a bike ride, my next tri is in less than three months and I need to get the miles in. Rest peacefully, but feel free to come back to us as soon as you're OK with it. We're waiting for you!

As always, hug everyone for me,

Charlotte
Kate Borgelt

climber
Jun 23, 2007 - 05:39pm PT
Faith~
I just recently learned about the accident and wanted to let you know that I have been thinking of you and Bobby daily. My love and many prayers being sent straight to you two. My love,love,love. Kate Borgelt
Heather Merten- Cowden

Social climber
Hagerman
Jun 23, 2007 - 07:25pm PT
Hi bobby, I sent you another prayer yesterday, this time on the beach of the Oregon Coast. I wrote Heal Bobby!!! in the sand at low tide. I started thinking about how far that prayer had to travel to get to you. Which way did the tide take it? Pacific Ocean to the straigts of the China Sea , to the Indian Ocean and finally around the Cape of Good Hope. It sounds PERFECT!!
As you have already heard some of us have planned a reunion in Cody for the 4th of July. I tried to get Sonja to come too but her baby is due any day now so she'll have to stay in Jackson Hole. By the sounds of the progress your making, maybe you could fit it into your busy schedule too.
Keep fighting. I remember something you used to say, Mono Y Mono and then you'd kiss your bicepts. I always figured it was a quirky climbing thing.Dig deep, find your holds, and mono y mono.
Love Heather.
Conrad

climber
Jun 23, 2007 - 07:59pm PT
Dear Bobby,

Get well soon. The world needs fine fellows like you to keep it on the straight and narrow.
Keep the old sailors adage that, "All storms pass" in mind and the journey will be shorter.
You are in in our thoughts. Be strong!

With kindness,
Conrad
Jesse Schulz

climber
Vancouver, WA.
Jun 23, 2007 - 10:38pm PT
I just heard about your accident Bobby, I didn't know you all that well, just the little I remember from the ski team in Cody. You were quite a great skiier, with a crazy personality that not a one on the ski team could forget. You will be in my families hearts and prayers, even after you recover.
Jesse, Anna and baby Joesph Schulz.
Vancouver, WA.
Wolfie

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes
Jun 23, 2007 - 11:46pm PT
Bobby....

I was looking through some of my favorite quotes from those individuals like you who have touched others...and this one jumped from the pages of my journal, and I thought that I would share it with you, for it is the essence of who you are....from the many postings from loved ones and friends...and those that do not know you personally, but that you have touched....you are a gift...a rare individual that makes a difference in the lives of so many....keep fighting.....your positive energy is needed in this world....

"When we feel responsible, concerned and committed, we begin to feel deep emotion and great courage"

~The 14th Dalai Lama

Gretchen Blossom
inhisfootsteps

Sport climber
the ♥ of WY.
Jun 24, 2007 - 01:57am PT
Bobby-

I know I have met you before at my Uncle Todd's memorial I am pretty sure- but all my family's thoughts and prayers go out to you! Get better soon.

Becca
JoeMax

Mountain climber
Belfry
Jun 24, 2007 - 06:23am PT
Hello All: justreturned from a vist from Bobby : Hen rests well! brought him Nicki's IPOD and put it in his ear ,I hope Bobby likes Nickis picks for dads trip I surre did.
Bobby is closer to the surface today. Maybe the music?
Bobby is still in the ICU and on the ventalator.Bobby is running a low grade fever and they are fighting that with antibiotics.In talking with him he said this is not uncommon with patients on a vent. Dr also told me that neurologicly ther is slight improvement++++.A Journey of a thousand miles begins with one step!
The nurses all Love Bobby and talk to him constantly,very nice!!!We asked Bobby if he wanted a Lollipop Bobby would move his mouth? I thought it was a coincodance but Bobby did it several times++++Like I said closer to the surface??
Keep The Strenght JOE
stace

Social climber
slc ut
Jun 24, 2007 - 10:12am PT
Bobby
I've been thinking of you daily since your accident and sending positive healing energy your way. I also send my love but there is certainly no shortage of that coming your way.
I met Bobby on a 17day river trip. Bobby's not a fan of water or a swimmer but on day 3 or so he decided to become a boatman. Learning to row a raft on the mighty Colorado river through the Grand Canyon. Of course Bobby took to it like a natural.Thank goodness. I was hanging on for dear life with a rookie rowing my boat! Rowing through the likes of Crystal and Lava falls (BIG water for those who are unfamiliar) with style. OK so maybe not Crystal we got out of that on on pure luck after a wild spin or two!
Bobby broke an oar on his first or second rapid and still managed to take a great line!
Faith, Bobby spoke so highly of you and I do know for certain that he would take that concrete to the head a thousand times so that it didn't hit you.
I wish your family strength through this very difficult time.
xo Stacey
stace

Social climber
slc ut
Jun 24, 2007 - 10:14am PT
Hi Stacey
You don't know me, I am a friend of Kelly Larrabee, I
met Bobby through her when I was working in Kenya last
year. She sent me an email informing me of the
accident Bobby had a little while ago.

I just wanted to express my deepest sympathies to his
family, and to let them know I am keeping him and them
in my thoughts...I really enjoyed the little time I
spent with Bobby, he made a very positive impact on me
during my time there, as did his sister.

Thank you,
Sincerely,
Janka Flaska
Jaime

climber
Michigan
Jun 24, 2007 - 10:44am PT
Bobby,

You and I have only met a few times as we always seemed to miss each others trips to Nairobi, but I always kept up with your adventures through Faith and the Sinnarys. When I think of you I always remember the first time I met you in ’99 when you came to visit Faith just as she was finishing her internship with SFS. You gave an incredible slideshow of your photos and blew everyone away. Photo after photo my vertigo kicked in as you showed amazing shots of rock climbers dangling from insane heights. I remember thinking of a quote about Ginger Rogers… that she did everything Fred did but backwards…and in heels. A similar thought kept coming to mind with each photo highlighting these climbers and their amazing feats… You were doing the same insane climbs, at the same insane heights but you were doing them with your camera equipment…and still managing to make beautiful art.
If anyone has the strength and courage to pull through such an unfortunate incident it is you. Add to that the amazing love and strength of your family and friends and there is no way you won’t pull through this.
You and your family are in my thoughts and I am sending all the positive energy that I can muster up.

Love,

Jaime
Natethesk8

climber
Omaha
Jun 24, 2007 - 12:32pm PT
Bobby I don't know you personally. I know of you from research on climbing and mountaineering and then from the news of your accident.

I have a poem I wanted to contribute which I hope you will accept as a tribute to you and people like you who have lived their lives with passion, courage and curiosity to explore and to have a positive impact on the world. The world needs others like you and I know you'll pull through this because you have too much yet to contribute to the world.

My prayers go out to you and your family.

~a fellow "explorer" from NE


Precipice

The dawn of a new day
Enlightens the burden I share
With only my soul
But even that is not there
In its place only a void – dull and cool
Like the amber, marble peak that I see when I stare
At the dead, dull pond in the depth of my fear.

Ocean eyes gaze
Into an azure sky
On an eagle in flight,
Gathering momentum for its last fateful leap
To hurdle the summit of a neighboring peak
It catches my eye in a withering stare
When a reflection of light - shimmering, laughing at me
Lights up my vision - a crystalline jamboree
Focus, Patience, Energy
I depend on all three
I am walking the tightrope of life you see
Vital, intoxicating, frightening and free

I blink at the drop of painful brilliance
Midnight returns for an eternal instance
Purple velvet backdrop, firefly lights
Spiraling galaxy – at its center an orb
The same as I saw in the eye of the eagle
The galaxy spirals or is it me who is spinning
The light from the stars seem to fuse into white
A blanket of cloud, cloaking the night
I lose my hold, my grip and my faith
Shuddering, Falling
Falling
Falling

At peace in my mind as I begin my dream
A promise of warmth and security
That must be ignored as long as I strain
Upon myself I depend when I’m ragged and worn
What it’s like to hang from only an arm
And scrape and claw and scratch and groan
And cling to the Precipice – it is my home.
Joanie

climber
Cody
Jun 24, 2007 - 05:09pm PT

Hi Bobby,
My prayers and thoughts are with you daily, as they are with your family. The last time I saw you in Cody was March 7, the due date of my baby. You were at Whole Foods Trading Co. and you were (as always) gracious and kind. I had a little girl 2 days later (Noelle).

I think back on the many years I have known you, and you have always been such a humble, joyous, and capable person. I am praying that you pull through this and heal, so you can continue to be an example of courage for all of us.

Love and many prayers,
Joani (Joanie Miller) Graham

emswally

Trad climber
pocatello, idaho
Jun 24, 2007 - 05:14pm PT
Hi Bobby, Ann, Faith and Bob

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Bobby. Haven't seen you in years but always hear great things about you. Everyone is pulling for you and you've amassed a world of friends whose hearts are behind you.

Chad Waller
Charlotte

climber
DC, Turks and Caicos
Jun 24, 2007 - 05:31pm PT
Hey Bob-Meister,

The latest news is that you are still not completely back with us, but getting really close. So, I started thinking about things that are going on that may be an extra incentive (if you EVER needed one) for you to come back to us. Here goes, in no particular order:
 first the weather, I don't know what's going on, but the weather is gorgeous, sunny and hot, but not muggy, which is unheard of for DC. Perfect outdoors weather. Not sure what it's like in Cody but maybe someone from there will fill us in, or I will check on some website for you.
 Second: watermelons! they have now arrived in full force, and bud, they are a force to be reckoned with, sweet and watery, you can't eat one without a change of clothes, a real delight! I do have a pet peeve, though, the last one I bought was seedless. Now what, tell me, is the point of eating watermelon if you don't get to spit out the seeds??? I swear, they have pushed this whole GMO thing way too far ...
 the music: there are some seriously cool songs that have come out recently and I am right now burning you a CD of the songs that I have listened to while I think of you: totally kick-ass. My favorite of the moment: If you read my mind, by The Killers (the irony of that one just hit me as I was writing this ...)
 on the movie front: A mighty heart, about Daniel Pearl and Pakistan (and I know how much you like Pakistan) and Knocked up, which I haven't seen yet but is widely described as sophomoric humour. Hum, sophomoric humour, that sounds like you, doesn't it???

These are the reasons I can come up with off the top of my head but others may want to pitch in on that one. And most importantly, bud, we really miss you, and we can't wait for you to come back to us. Whenever you feel like it, come on back and we'll be waiting for you.

As always, hug everyone for me,

Charlotte
radio

Trad climber
Glenwood Springs, CO
Jun 24, 2007 - 08:52pm PT
Model Family, Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Words cannot express the shock that we felt upon hearing of Bobby's ordeal. We know that he is strong and will persevere as always. Sincerely, Joe, Erin and Olivia Radosevich.
Timi Davenport

climber
Littleton, CO
Jun 24, 2007 - 11:02pm PT
Dear Bobby, Anne, Jim, and everyone else in Cape Town, Cody, and everywhere! Dave and I think are thinking of you, praying for you, and sending you good vibes. Bobby- You don't know us, but your adventures and accomplishments have always inspired us. We just got back from a great day hike in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, and the sunset over the front range is absolutely gorgeous right now. We read about Bobby's tragic "accident" in the Cody paper last week (the paper gets to us about a week late, then it usually sits in the stack of mail for a few days), and have just now gone to this supertopo website. We're glad to read the recent posts about Bobby's improvement! Like someone else said, "Go, Bobby, go!" Love, Timi and Dave Davenport
Sharon Baker

Social climber
Powell, WY
Jun 24, 2007 - 11:40pm PT
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May God speed Bobby's recovery.
Much love to all,
Sharon and Bill Baker

PS Many thanks to SuperTopo for hosting this forum.
brooks emeny

Social climber
bozeman, mt
Jun 25, 2007 - 09:41am PT
Bobby, Summertime in Montana is going well. The girls 6 and 8 have their own horses and are riding almost every day. I think of you often and know you are going to pull through on this one. It is not your time. Keep strong and get the heck out and back to the mountains. Here is a poem I believe I took from Outward Bounds.

Men go back to the mountains as they go back to sailing ships at sea. Because in the mountains and out on the sea, they must facce up as did men of another age, to the challenge of nature. Modern man lives a highly synthetic kind of existence. He specializes in this and that. Rarely does he test all his powers of finding himself whole. But in the hills and on the water, the character of a man comes out.


Bobby, you have the character, you are "DA MAN", you are what this poem is about. Keep up the fight and show us all "THAT A CODY BOY WILL SURVIVE".
Love, Brooks, Kenzie, and Lexi
JoeMax

Mountain climber
Belfry
Jun 25, 2007 - 09:44am PT
Hello All:
Bobbys condition is stable .Sorry no new news "no news is good news"?? Bobbys temp has decresed which is good++. The staff is ever vigilaite of infection.We all wash throuhly and are very careful.heart rate down from yesterday mid 90's,respiration 20+still high .More REM by others,nurses said Booby opened both eyes yesterday++I'll keep ya postedJOE
Concerned

climber
SLC
Jun 25, 2007 - 10:06am PT
Ann, Jim, Bob, Mona and Faith,

I just wanted you to know that Bobby and you are all in our prayers. We pray for a speedy and healthy recovery. Liz has been helpful in relaying info and I mentioned the accident to Frank and Betsy who are very concerned as you would imagine. love the Jim and Kathy Taggart Family
Erynne Selk

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 25, 2007 - 12:32pm PT
Faith,
This email is purely for your enjoyment, although I hope you will read it to Bobby and everyone there. Depending on the story, you can decide how much you want to explain.
I apologize to everyone reading the forum- I find it annoying to read emails such as this, but wanted to keep it quick and simple without revealing much of the details.
So, off we go!

-"I'm a bear!" Bobby chasing a screaming Lance through the fire. I believe Lance started getting seriously worried when the chainsaw came out. Right, Lance?
-"You're not my parent"- same night.
-"olly, olly, oxen free"
-Pink Harlem, care of Jan Ackerman
-"Then what's my name?" -"Uhhhhh, Kevin?"
-Stupid pet tricks- the lady who's dog chased the vacuum. Who's dog doesn't chase the vacuum? Cripe.
-Mr. White's video assignment: Bobby was a Neanderthal and the Eagle narrated. (We do have it and we will watch it)
-SOUL TRAIN- yeah, Meg.
-Did we ride home in a police car from Jay Hayes's house in Laramie one night? Didn't you and Jay sit on his front steps munching on a bag of chips while I was being interrogated?
-La Comida
-The Male Room
-Lester Lanin
-Ulee's Gold
-Evan at Redneck Olympics (because I don't want to leave you with that image in your head. . .)
-Merrill in a pink thong (I certainly can't leave you with that image in your head. . .)
-Hm hm hm hm hm hm hm hm hm. Hm, hm hm hm hm hm hm hm hm. (Count 'em. They're all there.)

Thank you for calling. I ache to be with you. Obviously, the prayers go out more than daily.






Wapiti Bob

Mountain climber
Wapiti, WY
Jun 25, 2007 - 01:08pm PT
Bob, Ann, Faith and everybody at Bobby's bedside:

I just returned from the Boone and Crockett Club's meetings in Fort Worth, and the blessing before each meal focused on our hopes for Bobby's total recovery. There was a tremendous outpouring of hope and concern, and each and every one of us continues to have Bobby in our thoughts and prayers.

Bob Hanson
Mandi Feeley

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 25, 2007 - 01:28pm PT
Just wanted to say hi. Took my kids rock climbing in Vedauwoo this weekend. They are 7 and 6, so it was pretty easy going, but I can tell they are getting the bug. They love it. We made it to the top of our little rock pile and the view took our breathe away. My daughter said to me, "Oh Mom, can you believe how beautiful it is?" and my son said, "Ah yeah, it's great," and was on his way to look for other rocks to conquer. Ha Ha Boys! But with the words of my daughter, the energy of my son, and the scene before me, I whispered a prayer to the wind. You are loved, Bobby.
Mandi
Nathan F

climber
Lander, WY & New York, NY
Jun 25, 2007 - 01:29pm PT
Bobby and Family -

Just writing to say hello and like all the rest here, grinning to think of fun times in the past and sending all good thoughts towards Capetown for you to rest comfortably and recover well.

Perhaps the last time I saw you in Sinks Canyon you wondered what I was still doing with myself in Wyoming. You were right, I imagine. Have since moved to New York and now made it as far as Liberia. So stick a pin in Monrovia to mark the places where we're rooting you on. Breathe easy and I'll see you back in sunny, wonderful Wyoming or somewhere further afield someday in the future when our paths cross again.

all best wishes
Nathan Foster

Katrina

climber
Roseburg, OR & Cody, WY
Jun 25, 2007 - 03:52pm PT
I get my Cody paper a week late and it usually takes me a few days to get to it, so I just learned of Bobby's ordeal. I ran into him on the 4th of July, I believe it was the year before last, and he talked very humbly, yet excitedly about his accomplishments. I've known Bobby since grade school and have been extremely impressed by the amazing things he's done. I've seen his photography and it's amazing. I've read about his recognition by National Geographic and was incredibly impressed (and jealous, as working for Nat'l Geo. is every wildlife biologists dream!). It's awesome to see that a quiet boy from little ole Cody Wyoming can go out in the world and achieve so much in such a short time. I admire Bobby and my thoughts are with him and his family during these trying times and I wish him a speedy and complete recovery. Get well soon, Bobby! You have a lot of people pulling for you!

Sincerely,
Katrina Krause
scott milton

climber
Canmore, Alberta
Jun 25, 2007 - 04:19pm PT
Hi Faith and Bobby

I've spent a lot of time with Bobby in some strange places around the world and I know how strong and tenacious he is, so I won't be surprised if he sits upright today and asks for his climbing shoes.

Bobby has always been fun to hang around; something entertaining was sure to happen. As athletic as he is, Bobby often seemed a bit clumsy at the act of walking. I don’t know if it is his Wyoming swagger, or just a sign that he is more comfortable with more extreme physical endeavors. For example, Bobby and I (along with Todd Skinner, Paul Piana, Peter Mallamo, Andy deKlerk, Ed February, and Bill Hatcher) were in Mali, West Africa, climbing on the Hand of Fatima. We had reached a ledge about 1200 feet up and were trying to find places on the rocky ledge to settle in for a sleep. I had found one spot right on the lip of the ledge and was stacking some rocks along the edge to keep me from rolling off in the middle of the night. Model came clomping over towards me in his lumbering gait, lost his balance on loose rocks, and wobbled over towards the precipice. Of course none of us were tied in at this point, so one bad slip would mean a 1200 foot ride to the desert below. Bobby corrected himself as I grabbed his arm and the back of his jacket, and pulled him to the ground. I was freaked, but Bobby just laughed and said “Just kidding!” Unfazed, he got up and wobbled further along the ledge in search of a resting place.

That’s how I always picture Model, wobbling along that ledge. He is like those toys, the Weebles and their theme song:

“Weebles Wobble, but they don’t fall down”

Bobby is our Weeble, he wobbles plenty but he won’t fall down, especially now. Keep on wobbling little buddy, I’ll be there to grab your arm anytime you need me to.

Stay strong.

Scott and Sandra
Robert Hart

Social climber
Red Lodge,Mt
Jun 25, 2007 - 05:14pm PT
Hey Bobby and Family,

I hope that hearing Joe Max's voice while he was there was just what the doctor ordered. Just wanted to let you know that Doug,Austin,Jim Kadous and me have been thinking about you a lot and we know that you will come out this like nothing happened. We all hope you have a speedy recovery and look forward to times in the mountains again.

All Good Things Bobby,
Rob Hart
Katy and Joe Asay

climber
worland, wy
Jun 25, 2007 - 06:20pm PT
Hi, Faith, Austine, Bob, Mona, Ann, Jim and Joe. We just wanted to continue to let you know that we are praying for each of you, and especially for Bobby's recovery. Our 3 kiddos are certain to include Bobby in their daily prayers, too. He is also being prayed for by our church and our friends from South Africa(living in Cody.) Bobby has experienced more than his share of heartache and loss, and has always pulled through. I know that he will this time, too. It is awesome that you are all able to be there at his side. I am sure that he knows you are there!

With love and prayer,
Katy(Tilden) and Joe Asay
tals

climber
VIRGINIA
Jun 25, 2007 - 09:04pm PT
Just wanted to let you know that you all remain on our minds every single day. We hope and pray for a full recovery for Bobby. What's the saying?? "You can eat an elephant one bite at a time". Faith, I think about you often and when things calm and time allows I would really love to catch up..
Joe, thanks for the updates and for being there-
Bobby, this is your elephant, start chewing!!
Love you guys-
Talia C. Kenney
Charlotte

climber
DC, Turks and Caicos
Jun 25, 2007 - 10:05pm PT
Hello Family of Bobby:
I am good friends with Charlotte. She informed me of the news of Bobby. While I have never met Bobby, I have heard wonderful things about him. I wish Bobby and his family the best of luck in his recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Love
meghan
Charlotte

climber
DC, Turks and Caicos
Jun 25, 2007 - 10:39pm PT
Hey Bob-Meister,

There is this song by Ryan Adams that we listened to endlessly when Kim came to visit last week and it really makes me think of you. Part of the lyrics include:

And I hold you close in the back of my mind
Feels so good but damn it makes me hurt
And I'm too scared to know how I feel about you now
How I feel about you now
La Cienega just smiles and says, "I'll see you around"

So, bud, I hold you close in the back of my mind.

I'll see you around,

Charlotte
EricSw

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 26, 2007 - 10:53am PT
Bobby,
The last couple years I have closely followed your accomplishments and whereabouts. If you were wondering why your ears were burning from time to time it was me talking about you to co-workers and friends. PROUDLY telling them Bobby Model is from my home town and explaining my connection to you.

Just wanted to let you know I am thinking about you and praying for you and your family. I look forward to good updates on the SuperTopo site!!

Faith (aka 'Faith No More') my thoughts and prayers are with you. Can't wait to give you a big hug.

Eric Swope
robin

climber
Jun 26, 2007 - 11:22am PT
Our hearts, prayers and thoughts are with you each and everyday-

Robin and Bill
BrenDA

climber
Green River, WY
Jun 26, 2007 - 01:07pm PT
Model Crew,
I was just at moms and my coffe cup there is the one Bobby gave me one year for Christmas. If felt like an honor to have that cup to drink from. I really miss you guys. My times taking care of Austine and our trips have been wonderful memories and getting to spend my days off with Bobby and Faith were the best days off I ever had. Even when Bobby was telling me how to drive on a freeway in L.A. the first time. (Even though he wasn't old enough to drive yet!) "You're suppose to weave in and out and pass all the other cars! Don't you watch people drive on TV." I was so nervous driving that station wagon. It's was scarry going from driving in Wyoming to a freeway in L.A. and Bobby was doing a great job making the mood lighter. He always has a way of knowing when I need a laugh and relax. I love you and I pray for Bobby and all of you guys 24/7. Faith thanks for the updates. Love you guys Brenda
SSSEFreeman

climber
Cody, Wyoming
Jun 26, 2007 - 01:32pm PT
Bobby, Bob, Ann, Faith and all those with Bobby. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Please keep the updates coming about Bobby. We look forward to the day when he is, again, updating all of us on his latest adventure.

Sandee, Soxie III, Erin and Soxie IV
JoeMax

Mountain climber
Belfry
Jun 26, 2007 - 05:06pm PT
Hello Freinds,
Here is tonights update .Bobby rest still in ICU,tempeture is falling slightly.
Bobbys eyes flicker ocassionly++++ some time open? Has some response to stimli++ All are positive steps,one of the one thousand?
Try to get Bobby stable/No Temp/off ventalator,to med jet back to states .+++ As soon as conditions provide??
Keep up the hope troops ,Keep pulling for BOBBY!
My plans have changed from leaving tonight to maybe Sunday so I'll try to keep in touch Thanks Again JOE
fjpyle

Mountain climber
cody, wy
Jun 26, 2007 - 05:14pm PT
Hi Bobby and Faith,

As I was standing on the summit of Half Dome last week I recalled Bobbies words to me, "Keep climbing and taking pictures!"
Bobby, my thoughts and prayers are with you, Faith, Bob, and Ann. May your recovery be quick and your strength return so, you can "keep climbing and taking pictures."

May God be with you,

Frank Pyle
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Jun 26, 2007 - 05:36pm PT
Hang in there Bobby, and take it at your own pace. I don't know that we ever crossed paths, but with the friends we have in common (Todd, Paul, Bill, Tim T ,Sam and a host of others) it seems likely. In amy case I feel connected through your photo work.

Kinda like what Mandy said; about a year ago my two brothers and I climbed the tower of the Devil via Bonhomme var, with my then 16 yr old daughter. It was warm on the approach and a lot of humpy work, as always. Arriving at the base of the route Natalie, instead of grunting, spontaneoulsy blurted out, "This is gorgeous!" she was overwhelmed with the location, and that was just the approach!

Great advice, I'm always taking pictures.

Jay Anderson, formerly from Laramie and, briefly, Big Pine; sporadically from Gillette, as well.
gradyphoto

climber
Washington DC
Jun 26, 2007 - 08:03pm PT
I am not a climber but have known Bobby for nearly 10 years and count him among my closest, most special friends. It is so wonderful to see all of the support pouring in through this forum. Bobby is everything written on these pages and then some. He is truly one in a million and I, for one, feel honored to know him. I know all of this good kharma is helping our friend, so please keep up the good work.
I read the latest update from Joe Maxwell and it was heartening to hear that Bobby's eyes are flickering and that he is still hanging tough. I can't say it surprises me one bit, the tenacity with which Bobby holds on, and the strength of his family and friends who are with him. I was feeling a bit helpless when I first heard the news but now I know I need not feel that way at all. Bobby is stubborn and he's gonna pull through this, I know.
RyanMyersTinsel

Boulder climber
Portland, Oregon
Jun 26, 2007 - 10:23pm PT
Thank you Faith, Anne and Jim, Bob, and all the other helpers!

It's nice to have this forum to have someplace to go with this rawness of knowing that an old friend is in such an ordeal so far away. The Myers family is following Bobby's progress
and lobbing love toward the Cape of Good Hope.

Where are you right now, Bobby? Are you travelling through the past 34 years of Bobby Model memories like I am, like we all are here in this forum? I'm having fun lingering in the memories, so I can understand if you would too, though it seems that in the 20 years since we lived in the same town you haven't stood still too much.

First, you tried to make a go-kart with a wood frame and an old kick-start washing machine motor. I tried to help but that never did roll. The next summer you had a real go-kart and we found freedom up and down Rattlesnake Creek valley. Your urinal in the ranch treehouse is still genius. And I admired your audaciousness the day we dug up the sprinkler line at your house in town to hook up the shower in the playhouse (two-storey, freestanding, built with 2x4s). Did you have a truck for awhile in which I believe the driver's seat was a wooden rocking chair?

Here's to more adventures and hope to see you soon!

Ryan Myers Tinsel
Charlotte

climber
DC, Turks and Caicos
Jun 26, 2007 - 10:45pm PT
Hey Bob-Meister,

Not much new to report today, the dream "dry" summer is now over and we can barely breathe it's so muggy on the streets of DC - I really need to get out of here. I went to the Eastern Shore of Maryland today, across from the Chesapeake Bay, and just getting out of dodge felt wonderful. We drove across the Bay Bridge, which is a real architectural wonder, and in spite of the speed and the surrounding cars I couldn't help but wonder at the sheer beauty of this ecosystem. It was just a moment out of time, but it was good. I was thinking, maybe the next time you come to show NG your latest photos I'll take you there, though we'll park the car and go kayaking or sailing, or something fun like that.

Has anyone told you what a pain the time difference is for all of us here in the U.S.? You're six hours ahead of the east coast, and basically after 6.00 pm we know we're not going to get any more news about how you are doing, and that sucks. Then again, when we wake up in the morning your day is well started, and on a good day we get a little bit of news about you, and on a very good day we hear that you seem to be coming closer to the surface. And almost every day we get a very cool email from one of your childhood friends, and that pretty much sets the tone for the day. We all smile at the thought of what a rascal you were (and still are), and we root for you some more, and we wait another day.

We'll keep on waiting, bud, and we'll be there for you when you're ready.

Sweet dreams,

Charlotte
skm

Sport climber
Cody, WY
Jun 26, 2007 - 10:47pm PT
Bobby remember two years ago when Mary was hurt and Bruce threw that amazing party for her to help in her recovery. I think we talked about how cool it was that she was able to see how much everyone around her loved and supported her. And how lucky everyone was to have a chance to convey to Mary how special she was to each and everyone who knows her. Well, I think this Supertopo forum is kind of the same thing for you. How cool (sorry to keep using that word but I don't know what else really captures what I'm trying to say) it is for you to get to hear from so many people how you have impacted their lives. I have to say, I am a bit jealous when I read all the stories and realize that when you aren't spending time with us you're not just biding your time, but you're actually having amazing experiences with any number of other people!!

Well since I know that Faith may be the one reading these notes to you I thought I'd have to include a reference to 24. You know in 24 how you never quite know what will happen next, who will be discovered as a double agent or who won't make it through the episode. Well one thing we always know is that Jack Bauer will survive – he has to or there's no show the following week. No matter how dire the circumstance he finds himself in he'll come out some how, some way unscathed. This time it's you – you're Jack and some how, some way you're going to get through all of this and soon enough you may even find yourself coming to Casper Drive on a Monday night for dinner and the latest episode of 24. You'll call from the grocery store to see what we might need for supper and then show up, crack a beer, have a seat and start talking about the latest Cody gossip. But as soon as 8 o'clock rolls around it's down to business - no talking, no phone calls, we can't even manage to get up for dessert until there's a commercial. In spite of the sometimes boring and often unbelievable plot twists and turns we can't get enough of it. Well the same could be said of our time with you Bobby – whether we're out on a never-ending mountain biking photo shoot, camping in Ten Sleep, getting coffee at the Beta or kicking back watching the latest episode of 24 it's always worth it. I'm counting on you to come back, Jack Bauer-style, ready to take on your next assignment, whatever it may be. Oh, yeah and fyi, I don't think the next season starts until at least January so you have a little time!!

 Sharon
Double

Sport climber
snowmass village, colorado
Jun 26, 2007 - 11:39pm PT
Bobby,
Hey man...
You and Steve used to resole my shoes back in good ol' Lar'.
Bobby, I have been thinking alot about Lander, my second home, and all that has happened recently. You probably don't know me from Adam. However, I remember you! Hang in there. You are a special man. You are a man who takes life head on and as it comes. I am sorry to hear about your accident, but am confident about the guy I know. Beat this thing and come climbin' at the Iris. Thanks for giving a guy like me a kind hello. Thanks for giving me the insight on a tough project. And, thanks for being you! You are a person who I, someday would like to become. Stand tough! I'll see you soon.
A
Rhon

Social climber
Cody
Jun 27, 2007 - 12:12am PT
Bobby and family,

You are in our thoughts daily - sending you prayers, positive energy and looking forward to your return to Cody.

Rhonda and David Summerlin
elemental

Gym climber
Lander, Wyoming
Jun 27, 2007 - 10:01am PT
JUNE 26 UPDATE FROM BOBBY'S SISTER:

Dear All,

Thank you all so much for your heightened thoughts and prayers yesterday,
they are having a tremendously positive impact. Bobby's eyes now flutter a
bit and he's been swallowing and moving his mouth, particularly when he's
being spoken to or in response to pain. He's not at all happy with the vast
array of tubes poking into his arms and he's been fighting pneumonia, which
is tiring. They are trying to wean him off the ventilator completely, which
will greatly reduce his risk of infection. His vitals also stabilized a
little bit from yesterday. He's tough, resilient and fighting and I'm so
very proud of my brother. He's extraordinary.

We are in the process of arranging for Bobby to be flown back to the states
as soon as he is stable enough to fly, which could be any time. We will let
you know as soon as details and location are finalized.

And finally, the letters, stories and cheers are being read to Bobby twice
over and I SINCERELY believe he's listening and loving it. We are all
grateful beyond words, particularly in light of the effect this is having.
And of course, we're all greatly entertained, touched and heartened. Thank
you, thank you.

Much love and thanks to all from all of us here, especially Bobby,

Faith
Heather Merten- Cowden

Social climber
Hagerman
Jun 27, 2007 - 11:49am PT
Bobby, we are still praying hard in Idaho. Starting to Plan our trip back to Cody next week. Jake is going to take Hayden climbing on all your local routes. He is 8 now and quite the climber.
Keep making your way back home! Wyoming is calling you. There is a song that's popular right now by Daughtry, it reminds me of you and this situation.
Here are some of the words:
I'm going home, back to the place where I belong, and where your love has always been enough for me. I'm not running from, no I think you've got me all wrong. I don't regret this life I chose for me. But, these places and these faces are getting old. So, I'm going home.
Here's to you. Keep fighting!
Robert Hart

Social climber
Red Lodge,Mt
Jun 27, 2007 - 12:39pm PT
Hey Bobby,

I just saw that Joe Max is staying on for another week in SA and I hope your old coach can still work his magic and that some of your buds down there drag his ass up Table mountain and if not on the end of a rope than ar least a good hike up one side and down the other.
I was also just going through some old slides for Crazy Creek's 20th anniversary and I came across some photos you took while we were waiting out a hot afternoon before our summit departure on Kili,I may have to use one in our catalog this year as the photo looks like I am floating in the clouds riding my chair. There was also one of us sitting under an umbrella enjoying a cold beer and a smoke knowing it was the end of a great adventure.
Here's to many more great adventures that I know will take place in your life. Keep feeding the Rat Bobby.

All Good Things Bobby,
Rob Hart
cowman

climber
cody, wy
Jun 27, 2007 - 01:10pm PT
Bobby...It is amazing to me to read all of the stories about the places and the people in your life! I have bee looking at your websight and all of your pictures for sale on art.com. YOU HAVE LIVED! They are beautiful Bobby.

We have a special holiday coming up a week from today. I know you are no stranger to the party in Cody,Wy. Many people that are on this sight are either here or are perhaps coming here. No doubt that this celebration will for many, be in your honor. How wonderful it would be Bobby if you could stablize so that you could come "home" --- The Homeboys miss you!

God Bless America, and God Bless you and your family!

Peace and smiles,
Amy Cowan-Banks
David & All of Us in Greenwich

climber
Greenwich, CT
Jun 27, 2007 - 01:23pm PT
Dear Faith,
Our friend Bob Ix is a walking miracle in his mid-seventies – 30 some years ago he was given a maximum of 6 months to live due to a rapid growing tumor around his pancreas and kidney. They did surgery and radiated as much as they could and sent him home with a terrible prognosis. Today he thrives and is full of fun, having even survived a huge tree falling and crushing him almost to death several years ago at the age of 72. These miraculous survivals are very much contributed to his and his wife’s work as Knights of Malta, a wonderful Catholic organization. When I became so sick two years ago Cissie IX visited me at Sloan Kettering with Lord’s Water and I went on their prayer list which goes world wide and I feel had a strong influence on my recovery from multiple myeloma where I continue to thrive today. Cissie and Bob now have Bobbie on the prayer list and I believe all things are aiming towards his complete and total recovery, because prayer really can work. We are heartened to hear of his progress and hope he will be able to stay in Cape Town until he really is better before flying home. We truly believe in miracles and are sure this will be one of them and the Bobbie we know and admire will be here in full strength soon again. Thinking of you with all our prayers.
Love,
David, Anne, Charlotte, Wells and Field.
Dan Pyle

Trad climber
Cody, Wy
Jun 27, 2007 - 06:39pm PT
To Bobby
The one thing that I can tell was told to me is this.
You are from Cody,
You are a Cowboy
You will get through it ONE step at a time.
I had Brain Surgery I know. 10 years this December.
I pray everyday for you and your family.

Dan
HeatherSpooner

Social climber
Cody, WY
Jun 27, 2007 - 06:52pm PT
Dear Bobby,

I just learned about your accident a few days ago, and have been catching up on this blog to the latest in your situation. This accident was terrible beyond words, but the love that surrounds you in the form of your family and friends is incredible. And there is nothing stronger than prayer. Even though you are clear across the world, we are all pulling for you.

Faith, I have been treasuring old memories of times with you too! What hilarious times we had at MCT camp, and reading for the "playreaders" groups back in "Cotay". You are a beautiful woman who, no doubt is helping and supporting everyone else during this time. I pray you can take care of yourself too.

Anne and Jim, you are both a part of my youth as well! My parents have been traveling abroad for a few weeks, which is why I didn't hear about this sooner, but I know they join me in wishing you all the peace of God during this difficult time.

Here's hoping you all come home soon! And that Bobby experiences a miraculous healing TODAY!

Love,
Heather Spooner Baker
Standing Strong

Trad climber
don't u worry 'bout a thang, baby
Jun 27, 2007 - 07:09pm PT
dear bobby, i'm so happy to hear you're getting better. you don't know me, but hi, i'm a 25 year old girl who lives near lake tahoe. i ain't gonna lie i'm sometimes scared to go hiking by myself but last week after reading all these letters from your homies about how you're such a crazy awesome adventurer i did go out to the mountains in the mokolumee wilderness near kirkwood in the sierra nevada and hiked 8 miles all by myself, i hiked cross country and scrambled up some cliffs and sent good thoughts to you and your family from one of the most beautiful spots in the sierra, it looks kind of like the alps. i had the most beautiful day ever and have you to thank for it. thank you for that gift of inspiration, you're beautiful. maybe someday i will meet you in person and can show you all about it, you have a friend in cali always. you sound like a totally amazing person who can pull through anything anywhere, anytime. the daughtry song "going home" your friend posted about is playing right now as i type, i know that's an omen. stay strong.

many blessings to you and your loved ones,

tuolumne*rainbow
elemental

Gym climber
Lander, Wyoming
Jun 27, 2007 - 07:46pm PT
BoMo
Damn, son. I never thought so many women liked you. You must act differently around them than you do us. Or maybe they think this is a DIFFERENT Bobby Model. It's MOW-DELL, ladies, not MAH-DULL.

I especially liked the part when you opened your eyes while being bathed by a nurse. I'd bet a hundred rupees it was a female nurse, too. Did you say, "Heh, heh...", too?

I think its nice that people are going out climbing and hiking in the mountains and seeing beautiful things and thinking of you. I went out looking at new routes today and thought of you, too. It wasn't so much that it reminded me of our many days climbing, but rather my dog had really bad gas. I guess ALL the senses bring back memories!

I was thinking today of hanging in the portaledges on Ulamertorsuaq and you asking everyone for a pee-bottle but no one wanted to jumar up fifteen feet to your ledge, so you ended up just peeing out the end of the ledge and soaking Todd and Paul's ledge just below you. Ahh BoMo.

Or your 300' free rappel off the massive roofs near the top of the 3000' wall. Sure it made a great photo, but I almost puked just watching you.

Or the fact that you didn't know how to cook spaghetti. (Or was it a ploy to avoid cooking duties forever?)

And the Tillamore Dew. I hate that sh*t, but Mike and I choked a bunch down for you.

I know you will be OK. There are miles to go before you sleep. We still haven't been to Antarctica. Plus, you've never told me why you always roll up just one pant leg...

I know you'll come out of this close shave. I know in my heart your last words will be "Hey...watch this!"

Steve
Mallamo

climber
NC
Jun 27, 2007 - 08:10pm PT
My Man Mo,

I spoke with our friend Nazir at the Indus Motel in Skardu, Northern Pakistan this morning. He, Mahmoud and all of the guys there are praying for you at mosque. He said our kitchen barrels are still upstairs in storage and will be there for us anytime we return. Remember hanging out on the roof of the Indus holding our sat phones up trying to get a signal? Also, Nazir will get word to Ali Kahn and all in Hushe as well as his son Anat Ali, who is still in school in Skardu and doing well thanks to your sponsoring him. Our man Hassan will be arriving in Skardu in a week or so, he is guiding an expedition up the Baltoro somewhere. I believe Nazir said to Trango Tower, but you know how hard it is to understand him trying to communicate over the phone to the loud lobby of the Indus. Hassan will take word to all of our friends in Askoli; Asgar, Asim, Furman and of course Mr Hamsa who is still probably wanting a new sleeping bag and binoculars! Not to mention all of the porters who have come to know and love you from the Braldu to the Bialfo glaciers to the beautiful Gondogoro La.

So the way I see it you have people all over the world, worshipping deities from God to Allah to Buddah to our great Mother Nature, all praying to their divine saviors for your well being and healthy awakening. You have so many looking out for you right now and I am confident in knowing that you will find your way home where we are all anxiously waiting.

I miss you my brother and I am looking forward to seeing you soon.

Peter



Bobby somewhere near Payu along the Baltoro Glacier-Northern Pakistan
babboo

Social climber
missoula,mt
Jun 27, 2007 - 10:20pm PT
More hugs and love to bobby, faith, anne jim, bob and all. i so appreciate the updates and stories, and encouragement from this sight. Bobby, I love reading about your adventures and shenanigans. as one who chased you as a toddler and kid, I am only slightly surprised that the insane amount of energy you had has taken you on such adventures. You all are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. Anne, I have always considered you an honorary (for me) big sister. Faith, i had to chuckle reading the note about MCT camp. You girls could giggle!!! I know the love, respect, you all have for Africa, but to be honest i told Jarod(living in Germany) that no way no how is he to attend world cup soccer there.See you all in cody soon sarah
Michael Power

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 28, 2007 - 12:10am PT
To Bobby and family,
I just heard of this from my family and want to wish you our prayers and best wishes from Idaho. Bobby I'll never forget your picture in our Senior annual with that Bad Ass sneer on your face!!! You were always one to live on the edge and I know that you will recover from this and continue your ways. Again our prayers are with you and your family.

Sincerely,
Mike Power
CHS Class of '91
Renee Young-Jelinek

climber
Cheyenne, WY
Jun 28, 2007 - 02:16am PT
Bobby, Faith, Austine, Bob and the rest of the family. I just wanted to say that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Although I barely knew Bobby when I was Austine's nanny, I think about your family often, and how kind you all were to me. I will keep you in my thoughts and pray for a quick recovery for Bobby.
Best wishes,
Renee Young-Jelinek
Russ Walling

Social climber
Out on the sand.... man.....
Jun 28, 2007 - 03:34am PT
Bobby.... seriously man.... I'm not sure if we have ever met, or perhaps I'm too far gone to remember, or some of each... but I've now looked at your work and seen all these people rooting for you, and it seems you are in pretty high demand. So I'll add my vibes to the batch, and hope that you press the miraculous recovery button real quick here. From what I have read so far in this and other threads, you are wanted back pretty darn bad. Make it happen.

All the best to his support crew too.. you guys are doing great work. Here's to you!
Max and Sally Spooner

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 28, 2007 - 11:28am PT
To All of You there with Bobby in South Africa,
We got back to Cody from the UK a couple of days ago and heard the terrible news. We just want to add our thoughts and prayers to the many others. I read every one of the forum notes and know these are a great uplift to you.
Sounds like you are just what Bobby needs around him right now. When he wakes up, he'll want to see all of you.
Hope to see you back in Cody soon which will mean GOOD NEWS.
Max and Sally Spooner
amy skinner

Social climber
lander, wyoming
Jun 28, 2007 - 11:29am PT
Dear Bobby
We had a Lucky Lane party last night. You know the scenario - Kirk and Steve lowering my children headfirst into the irrigation ditch, great food, scattered fireworks around Lander ( a warm-up for the 4th). When we got home and settled into bed, Hannah asked for a story about Stumpy Model and I told her the one that started the legend. . . You on the Nameless, fighting it out and even when "your feet blew off" you continued to climb! All the kids love that story and so do I. Here you are fighting it out again. Do your best. We often ask ourselves WWTS (What would Todd say?) The kiddos figured his advice to you would be: Dig Deep. Look Ahead. Follow through.
My love to you, Bobby. You are fortunate to be surrounded by South Africans. I haven't been in the country for 10 years and that community is still taking great care of me.
Love also to Faith, Anne and all the rest of the crew.
Amy and team
Kira Salak

climber
Jun 28, 2007 - 11:32am PT
Hi Bobby,

This is Kira Salak. I've been thinking about you all the time. My friends and parents and I have been sending you lots of loving energy. You're in my prayers each day.

We had a lot of cool experiences in Libya and Iran--I'm thinking of some more totalitarian countries for us to visit, once you get better. You'll probably end up getting the good camel again!

Hey Bobby, remember in Iran?--all of us crammed into that very small tent with the Armenian vodka?: Damn-it-garm!

Get well soon. I'll be thinking of you, Bobby.

With love and prayers,
Kira
Charlotte

climber
DC, Turks and Caicos
Jun 28, 2007 - 12:12pm PT
Hey Bob-Meister,

Well, well, well, it sounds like your peeps are doing all they can to try and get you back on this side of the pond, which would be GOOD. no more problems with the time difference, and who knows, maybe we can bribe someone to call you in the room and tell you dirty jokes over the phone - that would surely help with your recovery.... In any event, we all miss you like mad and it will be good to know that you are closer.

Otherwise, not much going on here, I have quite a bit of time ahead of me so I am going to try and sort my photos of Madagascar and check if I can show them at the local Patagucci store (Madagascar is awesome, yet another place you can look forward to going to some day). I may also do something with those of Morocco, though they are not really Patagucci material - maybe at the Moroccan embassy here in Washington. (BTW, these were all taken with the D80 I bought last year: VERY nice!)

All right, all for now, bud, never forget that we are all rooting for you, and waiting for the next email that tells us you have woken up - we're waiting for you, and we'll just keep on waiting.

Hug everyone for me,

Charlotte
COT

climber
Jun 28, 2007 - 12:17pm PT
Hey Bobby,

Just wanted to let you know that I have been doing some more research about the climbing/photography trip to Boliva that we talked about a couple years ago. The area looks awesome miles of splitter cracks, beautiful weather and amazing peaks. Heal up quick Bobby, there is still lots of exploring to do!!

Dave Anderson
Wilky

climber
New Orleans, LA
Jun 28, 2007 - 01:32pm PT
Howdy Big Bob, Anne, Faith & friends. This is Mark Wilkinson, from the old days up on the Mooncrest Ranch, Cody, WY. I send my heartfelt, most positive prayers & thoughts for Bobby's recovery - and for the family members. I remember Bobby as a little boy who I babysat every once in a while. He'd be in diapers, put his boots & cowboy hat on and go tearing outside and you literally had to chase him down or he'd be headed for the hills. From reading the thoughts by his friends posted on this forum I can see that his big smile & free spirit hasn't deminished. Get well soon brother - we need you here with us.
skm

Sport climber
Cody, WY
Jun 28, 2007 - 03:14pm PT
Hey Bobby,
I was driving down the Greybull Hill about an hour ago and happened to look up and saw this sign at the Carter Mountain Hotel. I thought you might like to see it too. Not exactly sure how to post it but here goes:



 Sharon
JCB

climber
Lander, WY, someday again
Jun 28, 2007 - 03:53pm PT
BoMo, your convalescence spurred to me to attack our Lander house/climbers ranch project. I couldn't find anything as nice Bison Willy's, but I did find a house that is both well located and cheap:



This is actually the most flattering picture of the place. The inside needs a little work. Actually, the inside makes the refugio in Rio Blanco look like a suite at the Ritz, but it's nothing we can't fix with a couple of Level A hazmat suits and a few hundred gallons of bleach. Or a match and some gasoline.

Anyway, it's close to Steve and stumbling distance from the Lander Bar. There's plenty of room for the both of us and a couple of South African nurses.

Get better.
Ron & Cindy

climber
Cody, Wyoming
Jun 28, 2007 - 03:56pm PT
Bobby, Faith, Bob, Anne, Mona, Austine...

Wow, Bobby is a remarkable man. We've been impressed by his work and now reading all the well wishes and remembrances from his friends....

Life on the Mooncrest is moving along. The cows went up on Rattlesnake yesterday. Lots of grass up there. Moss got a haircut. He's embarassed. (Ron is embarassed for him, too.)

Our prayers are with you, Bobby. Bob, Mona, Anne, if there is anything we can do....you know where we are.

Ron & Cindy Roberts







JoeMax

Mountain climber
Belfry
Jun 28, 2007 - 04:47pm PT
Hello All,Just left Bobby.He rest for his up coming journey back to the states?? His vitals are are fairly stable and the neuro says lets pack him up and send him "across the pond"++++ Hopefully very soon.The "Medjet" air ambulance system has been activated from the states.Bobby has lost some weight I figure he is just gettting down to "Fighting Weight".Like Lance Armstrong after his cancer treatment.I feel we will have a new improved model of BOBBY.I know hard to imagine but can be. Keep up the good work all of you, it is helping ,your positive feedback is what keeps recharging us at ground zero.It's working.Thanks JOE
Scott Bragonier

climber
Cody Native
Jun 28, 2007 - 05:25pm PT
Is it too early to say what hospital he will be moved to in the USA?
Robert Hart

Social climber
Red Lodge,Mt
Jun 28, 2007 - 05:55pm PT
Hello Bobby, and the Rest of the Crew at Ground Zero.

Good to hear the positive news. I must say I have to agree with Steve B, about all the gals who keep coming out of the woodwork for Bobby,you are well traveled and very well liked.

I once heard a Robert Service poem in 1982 at 20.000 ft.on a mountain in China called Rudshe Konka and what I remember went like this:

"The Men Who Don't Fit In"
There's a breed of men who don't fit in
a breed that can't stay still
so they break the hearts of kith and kin and roam the world at will

They range the field
They rove the flood
They climb the mountains crest
There's is the curse of the Gipsy blood
and they do not know how to rest

If they just went striaght
They might go far
For They are Strong, Brave and True
But they get tired of the things that ARE
and they want the Strange and NEW

Well Bobby,here's to being able to get the Strange and NEW.

keep up the good work.

All Good Things,
Rob Hart
JoeMax

Mountain climber
Belfry
Jun 28, 2007 - 05:56pm PT
Soon Scott
ClairePotter

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 28, 2007 - 08:53pm PT
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please know that we (Cody) are there, in spirit, sending comfort to you during this tragic time.
Janet Cozzens

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 29, 2007 - 12:21am PT
Well Bobby,
I am waiting for that day that you will be walking up the sidewalk and popping your head in to say "Hi". The flowers and plantings are coming around nicely. The sprinkler system has been installed and the grass is next on the list. The lot looks incredible. We made the front page of the Enterprise again. Mike had to go before Park Co. Planning & Zoning for the approval of the building. The article was nice. They commended the efforts of the Collier Group and said the "bar has been risen". This will sure improve the neighborhood.
I spoke to Jim today and conveyed my thoughts and prayers to him and all of the family, but most of all you. I told him how all of us here are pulling for you and thinking of you and your family every day, we are hoping to pop in here to this forum and see that you are smiling at your Mom and Faith, eyes bright with life and all is well.
It sounds like you could be getting another plane ride soon. Just wish you would be sitting up looking out the windows. I remain believing in my heart that you will come through this and begin to spin a web of adventure once again.
Tonight, as I read through the newest input here, I think of you and say a prayer for you and your family. Get well and come back to all of these people with such fond memories of you and begin to make new memories with each one of them. You are special to so many.
Sincerely,
Janet
kdriese

Social climber
Laramie, WY
Jun 29, 2007 - 09:08am PT
Bobby: It's a beautiful sunny morning here in Laramie--one of those perfect cool days that we dream about all winter here. Just wanted to let you know that we're looking forward to having you back here in the States where it won't be quite so hard to drop by to visit you. Great news that you are already strong enough to make the trip. Before you know it you'll be conciously figuring out how to avoid having to climb Vedauwoo wide cracks. As you know, we're all following your progress every day from this side of the pond. Ken.
Demity Baughman

climber
Jun 29, 2007 - 10:41am PT
Mona -

John and I miss you and can't wait until you, Bob, Bobby, and Faith are all safe and sound back here in Cody. In the meantime I'm sending you and Faith all of my energy so you can give it to Bobby. Stay strong and call me the very first minute you can.

Lots of Love -
Demity
gradyphoto

climber
Washington DC
Jun 29, 2007 - 12:10pm PT
hey Bobby,

In case you wake before I take off for a long w/e without email access, welcome back. We are all pulling for you and have missed the sound of your voice, can't wait to hear it again soon.

Much love and big hugs from across the pond,
your friend Liz
B&CC

climber
Missoula, MT
Jun 29, 2007 - 12:29pm PT
Bob,

Just a note to let you know how sad Susan and I are to hear of Bobby's condition. You can rest assured that Bobby, you, and his entire family are in Susan's and my thoughts and prayers.

Jack and Susan Reneau
Robert Hart

Social climber
Red Lodge,Mt
Jun 29, 2007 - 05:42pm PT
Hey Bobby,

It is great to hear that you will be flying back to the states very soon and that your condition is good enough to make this happen. It was quite a shock to hear your dads voice on the phone yesterday and he souned as if he were in Cody and then he put Joe Max on as well and he gave me the run down. I do hope Faith's friend does drag him up Table mountain so he can see the fantastic view of Cape Town and the surrounding area.
I look forward to seeing back out here in the Rocky Mountains. Keep up the Good Fight.

All Good Things,
Rob Hart
alars

Social climber
Tucson, AZ
Jun 29, 2007 - 05:45pm PT
I haven't checked updates for a week or so, so it's been with a mix of enormous sadness and great happiness that I've spent the past half hour catching up. Steve, Amy, Scott, and wow - Nick Rohrbach and the Norwegian Olympics! - it's been old home week. Bobby, know that the Long and Larson Families are in your corner as much as we can be. Erik knew of you from his days in Laramie and at Vedauwoo and always greatly admired your prowess on that gnarly granite.

I didn't know you as well as Lilygren and the other guys who worked at Wild Iris, but when you were around you always seemed to wear a goofy, wide grin and have time for a story. Inexplicably, the day of your accident I pulled out my copy of the National Geographic covering the Nameless Tower climb and thumbed through the images, lingering over the gorgeous shot of you on the snowy ledge with the tents. The next day my mom phoned to tell me what had happened.

As evidenced by this blog, you have touched and improved many lives. We continue to focus all our thoughts on your complete recovery and will look for updates as you head back to the States.

Our Best Regards,
Alicia (Long) & Erik Larson
Gary & Mary Dell Long
Charlotte

climber
DC, Turks and Caicos
Jun 29, 2007 - 08:50pm PT
Hey Bob-Meister,

Well, time flies when you're waiting for your bud to wake up because, lo and behold, it has happened again and I've just wasted another perfectly good week. All that to say: thank heavens it's Friday (again)! So, week-end is now upon us, and some of us are going to go out and PLAY! This week-end I'm biking again, and I'm going to try and increase the mileage (Why, oh why did I choose triathlons? crochet sounds so much more civilized...).

The news from your side of the pond sounds positive, and though we are a little hazy on the details, we are desperately waiting for you to make your way back to us. Med-evac? how very glam, I hope whoever goes with you will take notes and let us know how you react to VIP treatment. As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't matter if they row you across, you cannot come back fast enough.

Hey, a propos of nothing, the new iPhone came out today. Now I know you're a mac-man because you showed me a couple of things one can do with an iPod that are better done in Nairobi than back in the States (though not strictly speaking illegal, of course ...) and which are very cool. Well the phone looks very slick, but funniest of all is the fact that people have been queuing for days (I kid you not) to be amongst the first to get one. You, on the other hand, appear to have chosen to wait a while, till Apple works out the (unavoidable, even for Apple) bugs, the prices go down, etc. In any event, you probably already have a Thuraya, which is WAY cooler, and for which apparently you don't have to wait in line. Either way, you're a clever little bugger ....

OK, bud, here's wishing you and everyone who is with you a good week-end, and, hopefully, soon a good trip. And bud, remember we are waiting for you, so make your way back to us, whenever you're ready.

Hug everyone for me,

Charlotte
kelly bustos

climber
cody,wyoming
Jun 29, 2007 - 10:00pm PT
To my long time friend Bobby and family

Bobby, I want you to know that Tania and I are praying for you, and a speedy recovery, you are in our thoughts and prayers each and every day. Remember when me, you, and Ryan Myers used to lock Faith in trunks and closets in the house? Your mom used to get so mad at us.(sorry Faith). Our prayers go out to all of you, take care, and thanks for always keeping us posted we check the website everyday.

God Bless

Kelly and Tania Bustos
Ron & Sandy

Boulder climber
Cody, Wyoming
Jun 29, 2007 - 11:46pm PT
Dear Bob, Anne and family,

We've been following this forum since hearing the news. What a powerful tool this is, bringing people together from all over the world with a single purpose, to offer hope and strength to you all, and especially to Bobby for his recovery.

We don't know him personally, although we feel like we do after reading the messages from all those who are fortunate enough to have shared experiences with him. He's obviously loved by many. We just wanted you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sincerely,
Ron & Sandy Livesay
Buffalo Bill State Park
Cody, WY
Frances

Social climber
Cody, WY
Jun 29, 2007 - 11:55pm PT
Bobby and all,

We've been reading all the posts and are so thrilled to learn you will be home soon.

God's Peace to you and yours,

Frances and Paul Clymer
bunnypoo

climber
Jun 30, 2007 - 03:57am PT
Hey Bobby,

I’m just remembering a flight you took us on from Lamu to Nairobi last year. It was your first time flying a plane and after a few minutes of in-flight instruction you were handling the little plane with complete dexterity. Mid flight you even took a few one handed photos. And back on the ground you decided that when you had the time you’d really like to get your pilot license. That was a gorgeous flight and with the help of some good music on the ipod, a smooth ride, and the Kenyan landscape gliding below I was cured of a stubborn fear of flying in small planes (thank you). I hope your upcoming (possibly even current) flight is as comfortable. Looking forward to having you and your family closer to home.

Love to All -
Molly
Cheryl Bragonier-Vukelich

Social climber
Des Moines
Jun 30, 2007 - 01:33pm PT
Bobby and family,
This will be one of the few Cody July 4th celebrations that we will be missing. The kids are quite upset, but we'll make it out later in the summer. The reason will actually hit home with you more than any of us could have realized a month ago. We are building a new children's rehabilitation unit where I work. We already offer a number of services for children that have special health care needs. However, the hospitals in the area told us that they really needed a place to send children who aren't ready to go home yet but don't need hospital care either. We will be one of six facilities in the U.S. to offer these services. We are opening in July, and already have children on the waiting list!

I have never really worked much with head injuries and ventilators, but it sounds like that will be a large portion of the children that will be referred to us. Since I am the educator for our organization I have spent time at a similar facility in Toronto, taken more classes concerning the neuro system and head injuries, and done research to present to our nurses. It hit me pretty hard when I heard about your injury. I almost wished I didn't know as much as I do. On the other hand, I also know that there are more resources available than one would think! I have also met some incredible people who have gone through similar circumstances and are great role models for all of us now.

I know that one day I will be asking you to come out and talk with some of our children to help motivate them! Through this incident you have already pulled together a number of friends who haven't seen each other in years. You have returned Cody to the good old small town that sticks up for it's own, and I am sure that God has even greater plans to turn this tragedy into good. Meanwhile, know that we are all there with you in spirit, and excited that you may be coming closer to home soon.

Let me know if there is anything I can do for all of you!

Cheryl

Charlotte

climber
DC, Turks and Caicos
Jun 30, 2007 - 07:14pm PT
Hey Bob-Meister,

I just talked to Peg and Steve, who didn't yet know what had happened. Peg is a bit shaken up, as you can imagine, and of course very concerned for Faith and your Mum, so you're going to have to hug them extra special, OK? They're both really relieved you'll be back soon and send all their love. So, there you go, bud, two more very special people rooting for you.

I thought a lot about you today, I went on this amazing bike ride in a place called Poolesville, in Maryland, which is basically in the middle of horse country. The ride was very hilly and crossed huge fields of corn and sunflower, all breathtakingly beautiful. When I saw something particularly stunning I thought of you and tried to take a snapshot in my mind. I even worked on the composition, you would have been mighty impressed. And then when I hit the really big hills, all I thought about was when they were going to end, and swore myself to never, ever, ever have a fag while I sip a Tusker on the porch of your little house in Karen. Or at least, not for a few months anyway ...

OK, bud, that's the news for today. Keep on fighting the fight for us, and we'll keep rooting for you. We're waiting for you, and we're ready for you whenever you are.

Hug everyone for me,

Charlotte

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 30, 2007 - 08:13pm PT
hey there... to Cheryl Bragonier-Vukelich, who just posted here... i have a non-profit book, that deals with head injury and overcoming, by love of family and relationship--this is how i came to learn so much, even as you have---if you EVER need or want to use this book, or its pre-stories, for anything---it is for complete non-profit.... please let me know...

i wish it was already well established, so that the funds could help bobby's family---but it is just "being birthed" so to speak... i have dreams that the funds will one day, help kids, families and help families learn to have patience and time for loved one that face new-lives from such tragic wounds....

keep up the good work for kids... if you need to know more, please email me, if i can help in some way, this is all for free, once it can be figured out how to do it

but--put ATTEN: FROM Cheryl Bragonier-Vukelich, FOR KIDS HOMES... as i do not open unknown email, and could pass you by [neebee1shaaboo1@yahoo.com]...

love and god bless to all, and more victory prayers to you bobby, and your family... REMEMBER:

bobby: you are like a plant... you may have been smashed a bit to the earth, but a tenatious root system, warmed by god's sun, and fed by his watering streams, can one day become so very strong, that it will even PUSH ASIDE the rocks around it, that try to wall it in, and like-wise, the rocks that are too solid and deep for it to be pushed aside, will THEN, be encompassed by said-plant and embelished into its beauty, for all to see---why, lo and behold, SUCH FRUIT WILL COME, that one would never known that there was a "rock-of-adversity" in its midst, except by exploring, and hear-say, from those that knew before-hand, during the hardship.... grow, dear plant, grow and prosper, in the lord-god's futile soil...

god bless, from neebee, spouting-off the flourishing-plant, way, you see...you don't know me... but i accidently stumbled across you'all, you see....

Janet Cozzens

climber
Cody, WY
Jun 30, 2007 - 09:51pm PT
Hi Bobby,
Well the 4th is upon us and we will miss seeing you hangin out at the Dollar with the rest of the die hards. We will be holdin you to next year though.
Kirt, Monty, and Todd are about to venture out on a 4 day hike. They are leaving on the 8th and will be back on the 11th or 12th. They are hiking up in the Beartooth's. It should be a good time for them. A time to reminisce and think about old times. I can't wait to hear that you are back out there enjoying what this wondrous world has to offer.
Cheryl, we will miss you and Milo this 4th. It seems that this is the only time that we really get to see you and talk for a while. We will miss enjoying the sparks in the sky with you at the Madsen's. You know that is where the Cozzens clan will be spending the evening. The boys will miss playing with the kids too.
Well Bobby, Keep fighting and we will keep praying. You come back here and give your take on this situation. I know that you are going to chalk it all up to just relaxing and taking a break. Whenever you decide to wake up and come back, we will all be here.
Sincerely,
Janet
JoeMax

Mountain climber
Belfry
Jul 1, 2007 - 06:11am PT
Hello All,
Bobby is well and very stable,he remains on a tracial ventalator with its capacity on very low.It remains on to keep Bobby stable without any undo stress in preperation of his up coming trip "across the pond".
Yesterday Big Bad,Anne,Faith,Hanns Peter and I hiked to the top of Table Mountain, We had the most beautiful view of the inside of a cloud that you could ever imagine? It was a flat out "Turd Floater".At least it was warm, not like back home in the winter thank god!
The trip was a great relese and very regeneraiting for us all.Big Bob did great considering knee surgry in Febuary.It was great.Thanks To the Spirit and Strenght you all have given us.
Keep up the Strenght JOE


Rick A

climber
Boulder, Colorado
Jul 1, 2007 - 11:39am PT
Don't know Bobby, but sending best wishes for a safe return and speedy recovery.
Rick
Jake Cowden

Mountain climber
Hagerman, Id
Jul 1, 2007 - 02:20pm PT
Hi Bobby,
We are heading for Cody tomorrow. Lyon is flying in tomorrow too. The Henyon's left for Cody today. This meeting is of course totally in your Honor and we know if you could be there you would.
Yesterday, we hiked to the top of Baker Peak just past Ketchum, Idaho with elvation of 10,000 plus feet. We were leading a bunch of woman who have never completed such things. Not all of them made it to the summit, but for those that did it was empowering. There was a legder at the top hidden beneath the rocks for all the summiters to sign. We dedicated our summit to you and left a prayer for you to HEAL! This ledger dates back to 1992, pretty cool. Anyway, when you are better maybe you can work your strength back and do some training hikes on a humble little peak like Baker. You can sign the ledger and amaze the world once again.
Love Heather and Jake, Hayden and Hilde.
Crystal Lee (Deroche)

climber
Cody,Wy
Jul 1, 2007 - 03:14pm PT
Hello Bobby,

Just wanted to pop in a lil Hello! My family is sending out possitive energy for you to heal and be stable to come home closer! That's great news!!! Am going to miss seeing you over the fourth! Like posted before, this fourth will not be the same not having you here! Everyone here, and coming here is sending out possitive energy, support and much love. See you soon. Keep FIGHTING! Joe,Faith and all family and friends with bobby have a great 4th you are all amazing. Thoughts and prayers with you all.
Crystal
Charlotte

climber
DC, Turks and Caicos
Jul 1, 2007 - 06:28pm PT
Hey Bob-Meister,

Well, the week-end is coming to an end, but it's been a good one, and it sounds like a lot of your friends have been out and about and doing cool things all around. I'm glad everyone had a good time in Cape Town as well. I also, especially hope that you are resting and building up the strength for your next journey, everyone here is so chuffed that you will soon be closer to all of us.

I talked to Peg again today and she, Lynn and Jim are up in Littleton, which is always a bit of a treat. Nathan, Deirdre and Jacks and Maddie J will be going up later this week, which will be nice. I know they are all thinking of you and send their love. Peg said she is using all her energy to send you positive thoughts, so you make sure you catch them and use them to come back to us soon, OK?

Right, that's all for now, bud, so just rest, get stronger and come back to us real soon, we'll all be waiting for you.

Hug everyone for me,

Charlotte
tals

climber
VIRGINIA
Jul 1, 2007 - 08:20pm PT
FROM MOUNTAINPROJECT.COM POSTED BY S.HARPER 6/30


Saturday June 30th

... Bobby and I will be heading to NYC by air ambulance early Tuesday morning and arriving very early Wed morning. Bobby will then be at Mt. Sinai in the Neurological ICU for his initial assessment in the states. The schedule: the air ambulance crew will be arriving here from the states on Sunday night and need a 24 hour layover rest and time to assess the situation. Then we fly out Tuesday morning with a fuel stop in Dakar. My parents, Mariella and Joe will all be leaving Monday night/ Tue morn, but we'll all eventually be
meeting up in states.

Otherwise, Bobby is stable and doing so well. His shrine at the hospital is growing and the nurses, doctors and people at the lodge where we stay have been an incredible support and become like a small family to us over the last month. This morning we're all hiking up Table Mountain to bring crisp mountain air and sun to Bobby. Hans-Peter and Joe will climb.

I will be in touch with more contact info and addresses soon.

Faith

norden van horne

climber
Arizona
Jul 1, 2007 - 08:42pm PT
Bob,

As you are aware, I know only too well know the anguish and grief felt when one's son is sudenly stricken by accident or disease.

My family's anxiety was in time lifted through his somewhat miraculous revovery, and I hope with all my heart and soul that you and your family will soon be similarly relieved.

The most recent news seems encouraging and his return to the US can hopefully provide more direction and expertise to a resolution of his condition.

I look forward to future updates and in the meantime send heartfelt good wishes and prayers to you and all your family, Bob.

Norden

Janet Cozzens

climber
Cody, WY
Jul 1, 2007 - 09:18pm PT
Hey Bobby,
Well, it sounds like there is a lot of hiking going on today in your honor. Kirt and I and the boys went to Red Lodge and met Todd, Todd's girlfriend, and Kirt's mom and step dad for breakfast at Cafe Regis. Todd and his mom drove through the park and Kirt and I and the boys drove up to East Rosebud and dropped off the truck for the oncoming hike next weekend. We hiked up to Elk Lake. It was an awesome day. The boys are getting really good at those 7 mile jaunts. They don't do too bad for being 4 and 6.
I thought of you again today as we hiked into the majestic wilderness. I think of your upcoming journey and hope that everything goes smoothly as you come back to this side of the pond. We will be waiting anxiously to hear how you fare the ride and, most of all, getting news from not so afar.
Keep up all the good progress and I have no doubt that you will be swinging from the end of a rope somewhere again soon.
To all of these people here that are wishing you well, have a happy 4th and be safe in all that you do. Friends, know that we are thinking of you and wishing you could join us in a little R&R. I am sure we will be talking soon.
Take care,
Janet
Cheryl Bragonier-Vukelich

Social climber
Des Moines
Jul 1, 2007 - 10:48pm PT
Janet talking about taking the boys hiking reminds of a story about Scott B. Sorry Scott, but Bobby has taken his hit of stories- so this is one he can through back at you in the future!

Scott made his first hike into the Thorofare when he was about 6. Since he "wasn't a baby anymore" he thought he could carry as much in his backpack as the rest of us. He kept putting more food, stuffed animals, blankies,etc. into the pack. Mom kept taking things out and Scott would put them back in. Finally, Mom waited until after Scott went to bed to unload his pack. It was a very good thing that she did. Scott abandoned his pack by mile five without the extras he wanted. It didn't help that he had to chase every frog and water snake he saw!

I say that a bunch of us do it again when Bobby is able, we'll see how much Scott can carry then! Between Kirk and Janets' boys, Scott's boy, and my kids we should have plenty of frog and snake catchers.
Meinecke's

climber
Cody, WY
Jul 1, 2007 - 11:43pm PT
Bobby and Family -

It is so good to hear you are coming home. Our prayers are for a safe and comfortable flight. We anxiously await the next update.
DwayneM

climber
Laramie
Jul 2, 2007 - 01:14am PT
A day has not gone by since Niko called and let me know, that I have not had some image caught in my head that reminded me of the stuggles you have all made in the last month.
Your in our prayers as is your family.

Still skiing and fishing this week in southern WYO.
Dwayne Meadows
Sal

climber
Jul 2, 2007 - 01:58am PT
Faith Update, June 30, 2007

Dear All,

I hope this email finds everyone happy and well. Your letters, emails and forum messages continue to bring light and humor to our days and they are the source of many an eye flutter and cough from Bobby. Thank you thank you.

Bobby and I will be heading to NYC by air ambulance early Tuesday morning and arriving very early Wed morning. Bobby will then be at Mt. Sinai in the Neurological ICU for his initial assessment in the states. The schedule: the air ambulance crew will be arriving here from the states on Sunday night and need a 24 hour layover rest and time to assess the situation. Then we fly out Tuesday morning with a fuel stop in Dakar. My parents, Mariella and Joe will all be leaving Monday night/ Tue morn, but we'll all eventually be meeting up in states, although everyone's schedules differ.

I will have my old phone in the US: 303-883-6734. Please understand that the first few days back will be quite a transition. We will try to be in touch as much as possible, but I imagine the first couple of days will be extremely full. Please do keep the messages and stories coming as they are so important to Bobby (and all of us :-) ). I will continue to read these to my brother every morning, no matter what.

Otherwise, Bobby is stable and doing so well. His shrine at the hospital is growing and the nurses, doctors and people at the lodge where we stay have been an incredible support and become like a small family to us over the last month. This morning we're all hiking up Table Mountain to bring crisp mountain air and sun to Bobby. Hans-Peter and Joe will climb.

I will be in touch with more contact info and addresses soon.

Much love and endless thanks to you all, we are ever grateful,

Faith
John & Pam Feeley

Social climber
Cody
Jul 2, 2007 - 08:55am PT
Bobby, both of us are sending our prayers as you fly home. It's so wonderful, just to know you'll be closer. We are thinking of you constantly and reading these wonderful posts from all over the world is amazing. We've been able to experience so much more of your wonderful life this way. Thanks to everyone who is sharing their stories with us. Sending all our love to you and the family, Johnny & Pam Feeley
Nathan Roy

Social climber
melrose, ma
Jul 2, 2007 - 11:32am PT
Bobby - We have only just found out about your accident, so i am sorry for not writing earlier. I hope the addition of our thoughts and prayers help you as you continue to fight. Its great to see all the support you have here in these posts.

Through your fantastic photographs of Jessica you have a prominent spot in our home, which I have always been thankful for. Please know that as you continue to get better you have our love, and the love of my parents as well.

Faith - i hope you are as well as can be. Our love and prayers goes out to you as well.

nathan, deirdre, jackson, and madi j
Deirdre Roy

climber
MA
Jul 2, 2007 - 12:01pm PT
Bobby- It is so wonderful to read all the supportive posts of the friends, family, and acquaintances who's lives you have touched. We are reminded of you and your magnificent talents daily through the photographs you have taken of Jessica. It is through these photos that my children have come to know her and for that we are eternally grateful.
I wanted to share with you and Faith an experience that took place today on our way home from a walk with Jackson (3) and Madison Jessica (20 months). While I realize that Madi J has yet to meet you and Jackson was only 3 months old when you met him, they are, in their own way, sending you their support as well......
We were returning from a walk, when out of the blue, Madi J began to chant "Bobby, Bobby, Bob----by.......Bobby, Bobby, Bob----by." Jackson let her finish, and yelled "Yeah Bobby" and then together they started the chant again, and again, until we reached our house a mile later.
So clearly, you are in all of our thoughts, and prayers as you continue to grow stronger.
Faith, I am continually amazed by your own strength and send you our love, support, and encouragement through this overwhelming time.

Deirdre, Nathan, Jackson, and Madison Jessica
jiimmy

Boulder climber
san diego
Jul 2, 2007 - 12:18pm PT



Good luck in surgery Bobby.
Mees

climber
Jul 2, 2007 - 12:37pm PT
Well it's cowboy christmas time in Cody. One of the more hilarious Bobby memories for that time of year ocurred at the old Silver dollar. This was back when the dollar had the volleyball court and the outdoor area. Started looking around for you and couldn't find sign of you inside. Started outside and saw a crowd of disturbed people forming near the exterior wall of the building. They were shouting and pointing at something up above them. twas very loud and crowded, at first couldn't tell what all the comotion was about. Turned around and looked up and there you were. You'd soloed up the side of the sandstone block building about 30 feet or so in your cowboy boots, I think you may have had a beer in your back pocket. Let's just say the mortar between the blocks wasn't exactly "fresh" and your balance just might have been "compromised" by the nights activities, but you were holding strong with a huge conquerer grin on your face. You'd gathered quite an audience some were yelling jump, others looked as if they were about to start crying, most were just dumbfounded. It's not easy to be the life of the party at the dollar on the 4th but you managed it in classic BoMo style. Well, since you won't be scaling the dollar this year,
I guess sponge baths in NYC will have to do--
heal up man
so many prayers for your journey, for your noggin, for your family and friends
Pat
Abby Thomas

Trad climber
Baltimore, MD
Jul 2, 2007 - 01:39pm PT
Faith, I'll be on standby and ready to get up to NYC as soon as the support team needs respite from the bench! In the meantime, in case your email is overwhelmed with messages I wanted to post part of a note I emailed for Bobby here to be sure you/he gets it. Peg and I are wrapping our arms around you and your mom right now...

Bobby, it's been nearly three years, and though it's hard to think back on those first weeks after Jessica's accident I was reminded of something just now that applies to you at this moment more than ever: emotional pain is almost always more challenging to cope with than physical pain. You have been brought to your emotional core before through the deaths of both Jess and Todd, and you came through those experiences pulling the light from both of them and adding it to your own. Although I have never met Mariella I am quite certain of this - you are surrounded by four angels right now. Jessica is sitting on your shoulder as a guardian angel and your mom, Faith and Mariella are at your bedside as ever vigilant real life angels. These four women are sending you their love and watchfulness and have your heart held tightly by their love. And though you may be traveling between the physical world and a space most of us do not know, the fact that your heart and your emotional self is being so closely guarded by these women gives me complete confidence that you and the medical staff will tackle the physical elements and return your health.

Though you are in a hospital, the air surrounding you is filled with love. From what Faith reports, you have captured the hearts of the hospital staff, and I can tell you first hand that when a nurse is touched by a patient, and when the entire nursing staff is touched by a patient, the love infused into the care of that patient is tremendous. While the tubes and bags and drips and medicine can seem impersonal and technical, they are set up and maintained by humans with big hearts, and in that sense even these most impersonal of objects are channels of love and healing energy for you. Have a safe trip across the pond and know there will be an equally loving community here to take over your care. - Abby & Jeremy (& Peso and & in utero Bobby cheerleader)
Caryn-Cole's sister

Social climber
Minneapolis, MN
Jul 2, 2007 - 02:58pm PT
Thanks Joe for all the updates. It has been great to know that Bobby is doing so well and that so many people love and admire him and are pulling for him.

Nice job everyone keep up the good thoughts and prayers for the Model family!!

Caryn (Greer) Jones
Candace DeSarro

Gym climber
Los Angeles
Jul 2, 2007 - 03:19pm PT
Hey Faith It's Candy and Jenny D
I hope you were able to receive my e-mail last week. Just remember that we are on that flight with you and Bobby so if you need some laughs just think back to when we were little, or take a time out and know that Jenny and I are holding you both close and tight(It's a Big Joe HUG) We love you both and give Ann and Bob kisses from us!!!

Love cd and jd
JoeMax

Mountain climber
Belfry
Jul 2, 2007 - 03:21pm PT
Hello friends;
I just left Bobby, our friend! You know Bobby was responding.I don't want to jump up and down but I was just over saying good by.Eye movement,jaw movemnt,We are all trying to get back home, trying to cordinate all our plans with everyone . Not EASY!BOBBY AND FAITH leave tommorro 6am SA.I'm gone.

Hi all, Joe had to rush out. This is Faith finishing for him. Bobby and I will be hopping all over the west coast of Africa tomorrow. It's a small med ambulance, so we have to refuel every 4 hours...Angola, Ghana, Senegal, Azores, New Foundland, Montreal and then NYC. Whew. I will send an update later, but just want to use this to thank Joe for his extraordinary support and friendship. He has helped to transform this journey into one of healing and hope and friendship for all of us. Anyhow, have a fantastic 4th of July, Bobby Model style. We'll be thinking of you all as we blip all over the continent and then homeish.

Love and thanks,

Joe, then Faith.
scott milton

climber
Canmore, Alberta
Jul 2, 2007 - 04:59pm PT
Okay Model, it's time to bring out the big guns. I was hoping not to have to use this on you, but you leave me no choice. There are two words that are sure to conjure a strong reaction outta you and I have been keeping them in reserve for selfish reasons. Those two words are:

Peanut Butter Pasta

(Yes, I know that is three words, but I say it as an homage to our friend Todd who undoubtedly would have held up two fingers as he said those three words)

So what are my selfish reasons for not saying this earlier? Well, if anything good was to come out of this incident I was hoping that you would forget your hatred of that infamous recipe and my prankish actions towards you. So in the quest for your speedy recovery, I will remind you of the details and once again beg your forgiveness.

It all started down in ol’ El Paso, Texas with our cook/organic-chemist, Kirk Billings, who claimed to have found this recipe for Peanut Butter Pasta in a real cookbook. I suspect he just made it up one day when he forgot to go to town for groceries and threw together whatever he had in the cupboard and fridge. If anyone is interested I think the ingredients are spaghetti, PB, garlic, soy sauce, probably some of the black stuff that grows in the back of the fridge’s veggie compartment, maybe fish sauce or fish heads and flippers, and some secret ingredient that only an organic chemist would know about. So believe it or not, the damned stuff actually tasted great and we, you included, ate it fairly often throughout the winter at Hueco Tanks. So far, so good.

Then you go off to Pakistan and install yourself on the Nameless Tower for what must have felt like a year and a half, and on the expedition menu is Peanut Butter Pasta. Through the magic of micro-biology, viral hitch-hiking, or accidentally omitting the organic-chemist’s secret ingredient you got sick after eating the Peanut Butter Pasta and blew chunks all over the Baltoro Glacier. Declaring it the foulest thing on the planet you swore you would never eat it again, and for years after even the mention of the name caused you to physically shutter. Which is why, a couple of years later when Kirk had made Peanut Butter Pasta at the Hueco training camp, I came up with an ingenious idea:

“Hey Kirk, let’s FedEx some of the leftovers to Model!”

Obviously, Kirk thought this was a brilliant idea and we tossed a generous serving into a Ziplock bag. But being cheapskate dirtbags we decided that couriers cost too much and went with the cheaper and slower alternative, the US Postal Service. So after a week of festering in various mailboxes, mail trucks, and postman shoulder bags, our package arrives at your door. I’m certain you were excited that we had sent you a nice gift and I pictured you quickly ripping open the package, only to discover not just your most hated of food-like products, but something that had become a rotting and moldy sack of Satan’s own sputum. You claimed to not have gotten sick, but that the incident had brought back horrible memories and further deepened your hatred of Peanut Butter Pasta. Not to pat myself too hard on the back, but at that time I called it a job well done. Now I feel bad about it all, and have to ask for your forgiveness for bringing it up again. If we’re looking for things that might get a strong reaction out of you, I thought that Peanut Butter Pasta just might get the job done.

So it’s up to you Bobby, swim to the surface and get you head above the water or I’ll have Kirk whip you up a heapin’ helpin’ of the nasty stuff.

Be strong Buddy, we all need you back.

Cheers,
Scott and Sandra

Livy

Mountain climber
Cody, WY
Jul 2, 2007 - 05:58pm PT
Hi, Bobby, It's Virginia thinking about our trip into Purvis Meadow up the South Fork with you and Anne and Jim and fam. Good fish treats. It was lovely to be with you then and get to know you better. You even did dishes. I have prayed for you since I heard of your grave injury. I remember when I got the call that my brother was dying and he is alive still. We prayed with every breath and slowly he healed up and came home. I still pray for him, though. Point is, prayer calls the miracle and we are all focused on you, my friend. Wishing you healing. Virginia Livingston
Lyon Davis

Social climber
Cody, Wy
Jul 2, 2007 - 06:17pm PT

I just read Mees's story about Bobby climbing the Silver Dollar on the 4th. I remember it well. I’m sure he was underage, and thus had minor problems getting into the bar, but he was not under motivated. Faith had no problem getting in to the joint, however, even though she was younger, Jake and I would muscle the door man into letting Faith and Booby in, as we were older than him, grew up with him and thus was easily influenced. But Bobby being an unattractive female was left out side by the open bar. Like always’s when Bobby saw a challenge he stepped up to it.-
It was probably a more amazing & technical climb for Bobby then the Trango expedition considering the condition's he was facing. A hostile crowd, Jagermister by the gallon, ancient crumbling mortar between the bricks, dollar beers, 4th of July it’s self (meaning he had been up for at least two day’s solid ( prior celebrating in the particular Wyoming cowboy way),total darkness, rattle snake skin cowboy boots (although looking back this could have been an advantage considering the rotten mortar and the way he was driving them in between the bricks, like ice climbing) Needless to say, he came, he saw, he conquered. It was seriously a mind blower seeing him up on the wall like some kind of spider man. I don’t think anyone ever though of climbing it. I vaguely recall that he was allowed into the bar after that and pouring a pitcher of beer on his head. I do know for a fact that he stayed at the Dollar celebrating until at least 6 that morning (the bars don’t close in Cody during the 4th) and he helped sweep the floor. It’s a little hazy but I think we threw him over the fence into his yard right after that, he was sleeping like a baby. Faith and everyone else passed out at my house all over my parents floor etc. But a good time was had by all. All of your friends are in Cody right now Bobby. We are gathering for you and having a party in your honor on the 3rd. We LOVE you, We Support You, We are Thinking and Praying for you ALL the time. I’ve spoken with a lot of people and in Cody in the past few day’s and YOU are on everyone’s mind. Faith, we have been talking about you incessantly. I just want you to know that we are here in Full Force supporting you and the family. We are all so thankful that Ann, Big Bob and family are there with you We cannot imagine what you have been through with Bobby, but one thing we agree on is that you were named FAITH for a reason, we all LOVE you so much.
Mr. Southfork

Ice climber
Cody, WY
Jul 2, 2007 - 07:12pm PT
Hey Bobby, The posts on this forum are bringing back some great memories. I was not present when you scaled the Silver Dollar but I do recall many of the yearly festivities in Cody over the 4th. We'll miss you tremendously over this holiday week....
I enjoyed the apologies that went with the Peanut Putter Pasta story and I have an apology of my own.... Many years ago I sat and watched you and Pat work your freshly bolted project at The Island. I watched, learned and memorized all the moves as you guys nearly sent it. When you'd had enough you graciously offered me the rope and I got the first ascent. I should have kept my seat and let you have at it the next day.. I'm sorry.

I understand there is a gathering on the 3rd in your honor in Cody. I would very much like to attend. Can any one post the details?

Todd G Cozzens
babboo

Social climber
missoula,mt
Jul 2, 2007 - 10:17pm PT
Faith and Bobby, tons of prayers and love as you begin a long journey almost home. I have to laugh at all the 4th stories and references. Big Bob was involved in a wee bit of my underage celebrations , when i was off duty babysitting you guys. There is no way I am old enough for you guys to be over 30!! Happy days ahead love, sarah (williams)
ccaldes

climber
Golden, Co
Jul 2, 2007 - 11:12pm PT
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you make your long journey back to the states. To Faith: you are a powerful and inspiring woman. I can't imagine what you (and the whole family) have been through since the moment this happened. We are so glad you are here and survived the ordeal. To Bobby: we look forward to having you a couple thousand miles closer and can't wait for a full recovery.
We wish you safest of travels. Literally, the thoughts of thousands of people are with you.
With all of our love,
Brice and Chris
Crimpergirl

Social climber
St. Looney
Jul 2, 2007 - 11:15pm PT
I need to report that the mere story of peanut butter pasta is now responsible for chunk blowing in St. Louis Missouri.

ew.

Hahahaha! Thanks for the great story!
gradyphoto

climber
Washington DC
Jul 3, 2007 - 10:16am PT
Save travels Bobby and Faith!! You remain in my thoughts daily.
Liz
handsome B

Gym climber
SL,UT
Jul 3, 2007 - 01:02pm PT

Looks like Wyoming is welcoming you back. Safe travels Bobby.
Toma Knapp

climber
Laramie, Wyoming
Jul 3, 2007 - 01:41pm PT
Hey Bobby, Our prayers are with you everyday. Toma Knapp & Beau White P.S. We hope you have a safe trip home. Your sister will take good care of you.
L

climber
A Light Glider on a Rising Thermal
Jul 3, 2007 - 02:46pm PT
Ya know Bobby (and Crimpie), I thought Peanut Butter Pasta was sounding fingerlickin' good when I first read that story...

Then I read about how you snail-mailed it to a friend in a ZipLock bag...

Which brought back memories of opening 2-month-old Tupperware containers of pasta at the back of the fridge...

And I instantly started to gag and blow chow with the St. Louis crew! Thanks for the treat!
John B

Social climber
New York, NY
Jul 3, 2007 - 03:17pm PT
Bobby,

The thoughts and prayers of all the Budniks are with you and your family as you return home.

Love,

John
jet

climber
red lodge mt
Jul 3, 2007 - 04:24pm PT
Hey Bobby So glad you are back closer to home. Can't wait till you get back to Cody. A freind a my self are off to the bugaboos on the fifth. When we get back I will show you the pictures. Talk to you later. Your pal Jet.
brooks emeny

Social climber
bozeman, mt
Jul 3, 2007 - 05:51pm PT
Bobby, I hope your trip to the big apple was uneventful and successful. Happy 4th of July. We are praying for you lots and are excited to hear of the great news. Keep strong Bobby. I can't wait to see you later this summer. All our love and support, Brooks, Kenzie and Lexi

PS. A little note that I stole from Bode Miller. "Joining will require that you agree to disagree whenever it feels necessary. It will require that you solemnly vow to be what you believe. It will require that you love to do at least one thing so badly that it hurts not to do it. It will require that you write your own creed and live it intensley, even if no one ever asks to see it. If you find these terms acceptable, LIVE ON!!!!!!" Well Bobby, Keep on livin'!!!!
BrenDA

climber
Green River, WY
Jul 4, 2007 - 01:46pm PT
Faith,
I hope you and Bobby had an uneventful trip to the states and are settled in. If you get a chance can you send me an address where I can send cards to you and Bobby. Bobby, I drove through Yelloestone last week and the snow on Silavan Pass was calling your name. Take Care and Stay safe. Brenda Cronk
Petra

Social climber
South Africa
Jul 4, 2007 - 03:53pm PT
Dear Faith, Bob, Mona, Anne, Jim, Bobby's Mom, Mariella and all Bobby's other family please do know that we are praying for all of you on continuous basis and are thinking of you all. Will think of Bobby many times during each day and may this tragedy end in truimph. You are a stunning bunch of people and I wish you all the best. Do know that their is POWER in PRAYER and we believe with you that he will be doing just fine. I think you are all very strong and what a priviledge to meet such stunning people like you all. Faith and Mariella, keep up the good work with the hugs and reading and talking and kissing. Keep us updated please. Lots of love and continual thoughts, Petra
elemental

Gym climber
Lander, Wyoming
Jul 5, 2007 - 09:07am PT
JULY 5 UPDATE FROM FAITH:

Dear All,

Bobby and I made it to New York early yesterday morning and arrived at Mt.
Sinai around 6:30am. It was a very difficult trip for Bobby and much too
long. He is struggling with pneumonia again, so please keep your prayers and
healing energies elevated as you all do so powerfully. He does have the best
doctors on his case and is much more comfortable and I know relieved to be
here, as am I and the rest of our family. I will update you all later with
more details, but I did just want to send out a quick email to let you that
we had arrived and are glad to be home. We said teary goodbyes to the
nurses, doctors and those at the inn where were staying and it felt a bit
heart-wrenching to leave those that had become such an incredible support to
us over the past month. But it's also time to be home and time to be closer
to our extraordinary web of family and friends here--it's a relief. I felt
teary smelling the air when I finally stepped off the plane (the US has a
particular smell that is always my first informant that I've returned).

As for the celebrations in Cody over the weekend of the 4th, I can only
imagine...the mere thought unleashes a flood of memories. I'm sure you were
all in rare form and I'll be filling Bobby in, although he'll be
disappointed he wasn't present late night with camera in hand...At any rate,
we were there in spirit and I would imagine the toasts and celebrations
helped carry us through the flight back.

As always, our deepest deepest thanks and love to you all,

Faith
JoeMax

Mountain climber
Belfry
Jul 5, 2007 - 09:32am PT
Hello Freinds,
Well it sure is good to be back home in small town Belfry Montana.Thank you Kay And Nicki for your support .
On to Bobby , he now rest in the neuro ICR at John Hopkins in New York City. Faith reports "It was a trip from HELL" in the air ambulance . I can only imagine !! I few business class and I'm just now starting to feel somewhat like I'm coming around .
As you can imagine Bobby was stressed also .So temp up, respirations up,infection showing also? Hopefully Bobby will quickly get use to his new accommodation's and get back on the trail to recovery .
I'm much more out of the loop but will try to report any news I receive to you all via SUPERTOPO .Thanks you again SUPERTOPO this have been a great medium for Bobby's friends to work together to get us all through this very difficult time.
This not a race, it is one step at a time,slow,steady,and thoughtful.
I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all the great people we mrt during our stay in South Africa.We could NOT have done this without you.I thank you ALL.I hope someday to return to your country and see you again I'll never forget what you have done for us!
Pretty sappy Huh? Oh well ! Keep up the good work all! Bobby needs us now more then ever.LOVE TO ALL JOE
Kira Salak

climber
Jul 5, 2007 - 10:12am PT
To Bobby's Family,

My prayers continue to go out ot you and Bobby. I saw the great Hindu saint, Amma ("the hugging saint") two days ago, during her visit to the Midwest from India. When I was with her, I asked her to please help heal Bobby. She is a powerful personage and her healing abilities are widely documented and profound. She sends healing prayers and the white light of compassion to you and Bobby.

With love,

Kira
shannon becker

Mountain climber
big sky, montana
Jul 5, 2007 - 01:02pm PT
hello models,
I don't know if you remember me, I used to be shannon wyatt. My cousin Nick Czarnecki knows you well and speaks of you often. I just want you to know how much I have been thinking of you since I heard the news. After reading the different posts, I have nothing but confidence that you are all strong and will pull through this. My thoughts and prayers are with you-
sincerely
shannon
JoeMax

Mountain climber
Belfry
Jul 5, 2007 - 02:09pm PT
I'm back rereading my thread I saw I wrote John Hopkins then I read Faiths with Mount Sanai .Sorry if I caused any cofusion.I not quite 100% . Did any body see the HBO special on our soldiers in Irag, surviving head injury? I've heard it was quite good. ? Thank you JOE
Jakeb

climber
Jul 5, 2007 - 02:54pm PT
Dear Bobby, Faith, and Model Family,
I never know what to say when something like this happens. I have taken refuge in the fact that your family is strong and loving and Bobby's a very strong individual who will pull through. I was so excited to see that you were able to get back to the states! Please continue to keep us posted.

Love to all of you!!

Jake Beaudrie
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jul 5, 2007 - 03:01pm PT
hey there joe... i did not see the HBO special, as i have a very low income and cannot afford tv cable--do not get stations...BUT i have seen many articles... THANK you so very much, as we must learn about this, if we want to be there for friends, family, loved ones, etc, that have had such injuries...

it seems, that now, through such terrible situations for these soldiers, that now, for the first time, head injuries are finally being made public, and THAT MEANING, the heroes of every kind that face these issures, whether form car wrecks, accidents, assaults, etc, will finally be given honor as to how their struggle reaches so far and wide for victory at regaining life


instead of being pushed aside and ignored, or treated as not needed in society....(now, i am more so even referring to those that aren't so lucky to have reached such huge bounds in their recover)...

there has been hard trails for them, and they usually travel alone, once healed, without their past good jobs, and without many friends left that have patience to along side " their world" long enough to even visit them....

i am very happy that bobby here, has such wonderful friends, you all will never really know how speical they are, until you see more folks that are alone from same-such situations ....you all are wonderful folks... god bless

*LAST ADDED NOTE: 3, 5, or even 10 years later, after a head injury, very high percents of these folks begin getting seizures (epilepsy)...
AS TO THE SOLDIERS AND HEAD INJURIES:
i just read an article on how everything (so they said) is now being done to find a cure for this, in honor of course to help these soldier....

now, there are already:
2.7 million americans living with seizures (epilepsy)...
and did you know:
every YEAR 200,000 MORE american will experience a FIRST time seizure? It is lie changing, and can happen to anyone at any age, for even unknown reasons....(also, many times, a long past, head injury)

it will sure be nice for these folks that already need help, to get to benefit from whatever they can learn to help these young soldiers... so far, only medication and some brain surgery has helped, and a nerve stimulator, and even then, these are not permanent solutions and the seizures come back....

pray folks, and lets all try to learn to be the best-informed that we can be for those that need us...
Mark Jenkins

climber
Jul 5, 2007 - 05:10pm PT
Bobby-

Mark Jenkins here. Was on assignment when I heard the horrific news. Read the whole thread. Man, you're so loved brother!! There's so much hope and healing winging your way, no chance for anything but a positive outcome. Just wanted to add my voice to the chorus of kindness. This is simply another crazy challenge Bobby, and nobody takes on a challenge better than you. Get well friend, at your own pace, in your own time.

Mark
Heather Merten- Cowden

Social climber
Hagerman
Jul 5, 2007 - 08:15pm PT
Bobby and Faith,
So glad you are safe and in the states. I will try and recap the 4th of July activities as best as I can remember, since our theme was party down Model Style, I may end up leaving some details out.
To start, it was beer, food and good stories at George and Lynn's house. It seems George and Lynn always provide us Base Camp Cody, and always are well stocked with good food and beverage. They are such great hosts!!
Of course we had to start with an adventure which was the River, because it was hot! Lyon and Hodgel fought over being Captain of the raft, while Selk and I were the two hard working ship mates. Jake and Hayden kayaked. Hodgel did awesome, him and I even swam a bit.
The afternoon barbeque continued at George and Lynn's with the Steve Simonton crew and the Catchpoles, Finnof's, Henyons, and Selks. We thought of you alot, remembering past times.

So , the real fun began a bit later in the night. When Jake, Lyon, and Henyon were good and liquered up. George and Lynn were quite amused at some of the tales that were told. After we had enough of mostly razing Henyon ,who's stories always seem to get better as the night goes on (we love you , Henyon) , we headed for the Coe Mansion party. There we met up with, who other than Nick Rohrbach and his lovely , expecting wife. Can you believe it , Nick is grown up! Party hosts Jay Hayes and HR Coe were there and Buster Ivory. From there we ended our night , where else , you guessed it, the Silver Dollar.
Everywhere we went we added a few more old faces to our group. Andy Strike , is doing great, I think he has added 40 pounds of pure muscle to his skinny bones. Aaron Brown finally got his drivers license. Pete Meleski and his wife Terry climbed the routes during their visit. I think there were about 1000 people at the Silver Dollar!
I am not sure who won , for Partying down Model Style that night, but I think it may have been Lyon, who lasted the longest. I was told he finally headed in at 5 a.m. My night ended shortly after Erynne Selk and I toasted you with shots of crown royal, which were supposed to be followed by jagermeister but we wimped out.

Have a good day Bobby and we are all glad you are back in the States!!!
Love Heather



Jill McMillan

climber
Colorado
Jul 5, 2007 - 11:49pm PT
Bobby,
We were classmates for only a couple of years in Cody but I wanted to let you know that I'm thinking about you and am sending you and your family many good thoughts during this difficult time.
Jill McMillan
Jakeb

climber
Jul 6, 2007 - 11:17am PT
Dang, Bobby and Faith!!
I wish we coulda been there! Sounded like a barn burner. But there are many more 4ths to come. The one I'm looking forward to is the one where we all raise the roof together and watch you strip down to cowboy boots and climb the dollar again!!!!

Jake Beaudrie
Robert Hart

Social climber
Red Lodge,Mt
Jul 6, 2007 - 12:36pm PT
Hey Bobby & Faith and the rest of the Family,

Glad to hear you made back to good Ole US of A. The flight plan didn't sound all that fun,but probably better you were asleep.
We blasted a bunch of six inch Salutes and Five inch salutes in your honor theo night of the Fourth and they really do make the Big Boom,which I know you like.

Well,keep up the good fight and in no time you will be down at the 21 club enjoying a big steak and some really expensive wine.

All Good Things,
Rob Hart
scott milton

climber
Canmore, Alberta
Jul 6, 2007 - 03:08pm PT
Hey Bobby

Being a Canadian I totally forgot about the 4th of July celebrations, but reading the other posts here reminded me of the time we had a large gathering on Lucky Lane in Lander, WY. It was a typically hot 4th of July and we had a huge potluck spread stationed inside Todd and Amy's garage. 20-30 people grazed the tables, gorging on all sorts of BBQ'ed flesh, veggies, salads, fruit, etc. We were all killing time until it was dark enough to begin firing off the ludicrously large amounts of semi-restricted fireworks. Of course we were all too excited to wait for dark to blow things up, so we decided to see what happens to various melons when they are violated by an M80 firecracker. As you may recall, honeydews and cantaloupes completely evaporate, leaving only a small spray stain of juice on the ground, while the larger and juicier watermelons blew soft chunks and misted the crowd with refreshing melon scented vapor. Then someone found a bowling ball. It seemed like too much of a coincidence to ignore, that an M80 fit perfectly into the finger holes. Welcome to your first war zone Model; someone lit the fuse and rolled the ball into the middle of the street and everyone started to run for cover. KA-BAM! Stupid idea? Yes. Exhilarating, you bet your ass! We never imagined that it would destroy a bowling ball, but it did and we found chunks of it BEHIND Holly’s house (#8 lucky lane). No one got so much as a scratch, not a single car was hit, and all the house’s windows were spared, which was amazingly lucky considering the amount of shrapnel that flew around our heads.

I thought I would share that memory with you, just in case you forgot about it and one day found yourself asking: “I wonder what would happen if I put a firecracker into a bowling ball?”

Rest well and heal fast.

Cheers,

Scott and Sandra
elemental

Gym climber
Lander, Wyoming
Jul 6, 2007 - 03:16pm PT
Bobby.
More great rock. I just walked this cliff the other day. Catches shade in the afternoon. You should really consider taking a little time to relax in Lander - I think in about six years we could climb-out this cliff.

Also, I really think JB is moving forward on the house in Lander. I'm sure between the two of you you could make buying a house in town a money-making enterprise.

He'll be in town for the Climbers' Festival. Jade and Peter are coming up, too. There's going to be a new event this year: the "Bobby Model Drunken Railing Dash". Participants have to yell, "Get drunk! Party!", then go sprinting between tables on the Gannett Grill patio and leap onto a wet railing. Should be fun. My money is on Leif.

Sorry to hear about the respiratory infection. I have to say it doesn't worry me much, as you ALWAYS have one for weeks on end whenever you are on a hard expedition. Be strong, brother. Work hard. Be Bobby Model. We are counting on you.

Steve


kirk billings

climber
lander, wy
Jul 6, 2007 - 05:23pm PT
Bobby,
I just read Bechtel’s post and couldn’t help but brag a little about my upcoming trip. I’m counting the minutes until I get off of work here in lovely Landiego, then it’s a quick stop at the Breadboard for nourishment and a mad dash (?wobble) into the mountains with an 80 pound pack. Should be enough mosquitoes to drain my body in a few unprotected minutes, but it will all be worth it when I get up tomorrow and go climbing on the new crag that I found.
Check out these specs: 40 feet high at it’s peak, 80 degrees, slightly chossy to ricey and peppered with flaring offwidths where it’s not completely bereft of holds. It’s a twelve mile hike straight up a scree slope to camp, there’s no water (except for a fetid marsh for the mosquitoes) except what you can carry from the river 2.36 miles away and the sun should bake up there, unless the hillside is being raked by lightning.
It’s a pity you can’t be here to take photos of the first ascent(s)! The rock is sort of a mottled dull gray, as are the hills that mask the view of the sunset/sunrise and the greater mountains beyond. I’m not going to be able to comb my hair, I have a big zit on each cheek, I’ll be wearing a black t-shirt along with some non-descript shorts with a stain on the side and my eyes are going to be closed most of the time.

Aw what the hell...everyone knows pictures of me don’t sell.

Wish me luck. I’m sure as hell rooting for you.

Kirk Billings
Cam Burns

Social climber
CO
Jul 6, 2007 - 10:15pm PT
Folks,
I spoke with Bobby a week or two before this happened. We spent 45 minutes on the phone, etc. Does anyone know his condition now?
Best,
Cam
Charlotte

climber
DC, Turks and Caicos
Jul 7, 2007 - 08:02am PT
Hi everyone, this is Charlotte, reporting from New York. I saw Bobby and the gang yesterday and wanted you all to know that his is in the most incredible place and being looked after by the most outstanding people. He is on the 8th floor at Mt Sinai, a hospital that would blow your mind, in a (ICU) room with a very large window that practically looks over Central Park. When I saw Bobby it was mid-afternoon and the whole room was bathed in the most beautiful light, and because his head is almost directly under the window it really looked like he was drinking it in. I also have this personal theory that because he is so close to so many trees he is also getting a massive dose of chlorophyle. Not very scienitific, I know, since he is lying behind a window, but that IS what I believe. The staff are very nice and super professional and it's funny because they ask a lot of questions about Bobby, and invariably it comes down to "so he's a pretty amazing fella' isn't he?" And of course, by everyone's answers you would think that Bobby is Superman's second coming and ... but, hang on, he IS Superman's second coming! In any event, please rest assured that he is in the best imaginable surroundings and that everyone here is doing their utmost to see him through this, now it's up to Bobby to rest and recover, and it's up to all of US to keep supporting him, sending our thoughts and prayers his way.

Speaking of thoughts and prayers, Bobby's family is doing amazingly well given the circumstances. Big Bob is there right now, and he has agreed that we shall soon have our long-threatened political conversation (Yay!, see my previous post). Faith is slowly getting over the flight, which apparently was pretty draining. Best of all, she is surrounded by an amazing group of friends and family and believe you me, she IS looking over her big brother and asking the doctors lots of questions. Mariella spends a lot of time at the hospital as well and her crossword puzzles book is now well worn. This being the Model gang, there are still some good moments of levity and I'm sure there will be many more to come.

OK, everyone, that's all the news for now. Faith sends her love to everyone. Do keep all the thoughts, prayers and energy coming, Bobby is enjoying them. I will post again before I leave New York with the latest update.

Take care, Charlotte

PS: the NY Times published a short piece on Bobby this morning (in the Sports section), he he, now he is TOTALLY going to be the rock star of Mt. Sinai...
Mallamo

climber
NC
Jul 7, 2007 - 08:50am PT
Hey Mo,

Welcome back my friend. Now that you are only a 12 hour drive from NC I have no excuse but to come up there and visit you. Remember all those times you were in DC or NY and I attempted to shame you into coming down for a visit? And the one time you finally did come and we were going to go up to Stone Mountain and climb some scary friction it snowed the night you arrived. Not only did it snow but it snowed over a foot, an unheard of amount here in the southeast, and believe it or not is has not snowed since. Hard to believe it was over 3 years ago.

So you see, you are our good luck charm, and if you don’t wake up and get your butt down here the entire state of NC will be in a persistent state of humidity and drought and we will never see snow again. Which, after all of those nights in the snow cave up at Passo Superior, post-holing jaunts to the base of Fitz Roy or the storm that kept us tent-bound at Urdicus on the Baltoro Glacier in Northern Pakistan, sounds like a pretty positive forecast. But remembering our snowball fights and wrestling matches in the front yard here in balmy NC only makes me long for the days of the great “BoMo Blizzard of 2004” as Jade and I have come to know it.

You are greatly missed my brother, but I am certain that when you are ready you will wake up and ask where your 100-plus lb. backpack full of camera gear is.

It’s waiting for you.

Peter




Bobby approaching the base of Fitz Roy-Patagonia, Argentina

Anyone who has attempted to keep up with Bobby in the mountains knows this is what you usually see-his backside about 100 yards ahead of you. And then, when he stops to rest long enough for you to catch up, he removes his headphones and says "Man, I sure am dragging today".

Janet Cozzens

climber
Cody, WY
Jul 7, 2007 - 10:29am PT
Hey Bobby,
I saw your beautiful mom yesterday. She looked good despite everything that is going on with you. I hope to meet Faith someday so that I can see that other person that makes your moms eyes glow with that love that only a mom knows. I know that she will bring a part of that hug I gave to her back to you and share it. I will be asking you if you felt it. She told me of the layover in London. It doesn't sound like alot of fun, to say the least. She truly has been through alot, but would do it all over again for her sweet sweet children.
Rod from Northern Gardens has been quite busy next door. He put 3 or 4 loads of river rock around the trees and shrubs the last couple of days. We showed your mom what the building is going to look like. She was very excited for the upgrade. It is going to look great. Wish you could drop by like old times and we could give you a sneak peek as well. Guess that will have to wait. The grass still isn't in, but it won't be long now.
I will be taking Todd and Kirt and Monty up to Cooke City tomorrow for their big hike. I think that they are pretty excited. I think that we will be taking a jaunt over to Cody tonight to meet Monty's new girlfriend. I am so glad that he found a nice girl. Monty's dad is quite ill right now, so he is spending some quality time with him before he leaves on the hike.
I look forward to that day when you wake up and ask for your 100 pound pack full of camera gear. We are all very happy that you are back on "this side of the pond" and we are thankful that the trip went as well as it did. Keep fighting the infection and pretty soon, you will be joining us for some good conversation and whatever else strikes you as fun at the time. Maybe some food that you can actually eat with your mouth - Peanut Butter Pasta anyone??? Heck, who knows, maybe that is something that you are longing for right now. I am sure that they remember how to make it and they would be happy to come to your aid if that is what you truly wished for.
Bobby, heal well and know that we all stay close to the computer to read of the events that are happening in your daily life. How is that for stardum? You mean so much to so many.
Take care,
Janet
Becky

Social climber
Las Vegas, NV
Jul 7, 2007 - 10:49am PT
Bobby, Faith, and Family:

You don't know me; nor I you. I work with Lyon Davis and have been following Bobby's progress. What an amazing family you are...I have been reading the posts. I just want you all to know that there is more positive energy being sent your way than you can probably fathom. Even people you have never heard of are thinking of you daily and visualizing your full recovery. I told Lyon that I fully expect to meet you one day when you come by to visit him.

Believe it or not, I spent the 4th of July in Cody myself some 40 odd years ago. I was just a child; but I remember the parade and the friendliness of the people. That trip has always been among my favorite childhood memories. At the time, I lived in West Virginia.

Well, I just wanted you to know how many people you continue to reach and what lessons you will share with so many when you fully recuperate and we ourselves can see the miracle of your total healing.

Recently I read The Secret and am thinking of the Miracle Man Mr. Goodman. I have no doubt that you will be climbing again.

God bless you all
Aryn Rossett

climber
Jul 7, 2007 - 01:14pm PT
Hi Faith, Bobby and Team Model at Mt.Sinai,

I just wanted to pop in and tell you that I'm thinking of you all and praying for you daily (usually more).

Several years ago, I was at the Mooncrest Christmas party. You were supposed to have been there, Faith, but somewhere along the way your travel was delayed and you were driving up from Denver that night, but would be home way late. Anyhow, I said hello to your father and told him that we were classmates growing up in Cody - and you should've seen his face light up. He was glowing with pride. He was so pleased to catch me up on your latest adventures, and Bobby's too. I can only imagine how proud he is of you now. Both of you. The Model stamina is inspiring.

Prayers and love going your way,

Aryn (Holm)Rossett
Sammatt

climber
Boulder
Jul 7, 2007 - 05:35pm PT
I was cleaning out my inbox today and saw this note from Bobby after Todd Skinner's death. Bobby, I've never met you in person, but I'm sending the same good thoughts and energy your way that you put out there for your friend Todd. As Todd said, "Kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight."


Matt


"Hi Matt,

Sorry for the late reply.... Just returned from Lander where we celebrated Todd’s life last Saturday and also his birthday. A beautiful and perfect day... Many stories, slides, and a huge fire in the crisp October night.

I spent 60 days camped in a tent... 30 of which were tent bound at a touch over 18,000 feet on Trango Tower with Todd Skinner. I remember while after being trapped in a tent during one storm for nine days strait when the wall above was caked with ice and most expeditions in the Karakoram had left the Baltoro Todd wrote a quote on our tent wall “You must kick at the darkness until it bleeds daylight !!” It was Todd’s perseverance that got us to the top a couple weeks later. Big wall free climbers are forever indebted to him for his unmatched determination and vision that he brought to the sport.

Sometimes I pass through places where I had traveled with Todd and meet the same people we had encountered in the years past...whether it be a Samburu goat herder in the northern district of Kenya or a Balti guide in the Karakoram, the first thing they ask is: How’s Todd? He cared about the people that crossed his path. He always gave more than he took. Never will a day pass that I won’t think about Todd Skinner. His spirit will live on through his wonderful family and children and also through all of us who shared his presence no matter how short or long it was.

That’s what made him uniquely Todd Skinner...

Thanks Matt

Bobby"
Cruiser

Mountain climber
Cody
Jul 8, 2007 - 11:29am PT
Good Morning Bobby,
just a quick blog before I head into the Beartooth wilderness with brother Todd and Monte Madsen. Leaving Cooke City today and may encounter a few bumps along the way. Glacier Peak, Mount Villard, Granite Peak, Tempest Mountain to name a few. We'll see how it goes. We'll be thinking about you and sending good vibes. Hang with us and be strong.


Sincerely,

Kirt Cozzens
Largo

Sport climber
Venice, Ca
Jul 8, 2007 - 11:52am PT
If Bobby is still in a coma (and I can't tell by reading these p[opsts), we might consider doing a group prayer/mojo session at a given time just to see if our colllected passion might help the cause. I've heard of that working before. At the very least he'l quite possibly get a strong message from all his friends.


JL
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jul 8, 2007 - 04:17pm PT
hey there largo (jl)... there was a bull rider that was stepped on by a bull(his skull) and his wife was asking for prayer, and folks were praying from all over, and he has had an amazing recovery in just 3? or 3 1/2 months...and was recently at the funeral for past-rodeo cowboy, jim shoulders... but, he, lee akins, stilll have more therapy to go...( i am not sure how his speech is going yet, but he is walking)

sooo---i said all this to encourage you all, that, that is a great thing to do... prayer is great as doing wonders,but JOINED-UP prayers have that extra humbleness of folks carying to "carry another burden" and we can do that....

i am fasting on fridays, and hoped that others would join me---WHAT is one day of no meals, when bobby has to go without all of his?.. if you or anyone wants to join and do that... that is kind of like "bringing out the heavy artillary".... so keep it up folks, this a powerful stuff--joined efforts in love...before god above...

ALSO one folk, here, mentioned to pray at 8:00, (every friday??? was it?)... everyone can set that time aside for bobby...

there have been many head injuries folks that are able to function today by the grace of god and they have powerful stories...

so now, GO FOR IT!

ps---*yes, sadly, on some occasions, some folks don't survive past the first few days...but even these folks, through prayer, knew that it was time to let go of their loved one and they had peace in there heart that it was a "timeing element" even as babies being born, is , that's just how it goes, here in this life, for reasons that we do not see here, but one day will see...

so, we have that "flag to plant" for this young man, as we all here and his family, in person, have seen bobby come this far, already... the path seems to opening daily for him... one will never regret days given up as to food, or prayer, when one see the victory, afterwords...

you all being climbers, can really feel how great the victory of conquering a rough chore, can be... much more than us little ol gals at home, :)

largo, (jl)---thank you very very much for suggesting this again.. as some folks had earlier mentioned joined efforts, so you are sure on trail!...

sorry, i am getting so strong with this, and ready to press on some more, it is just that i have seen so MUCH done, in these areas, and i really want bobby to have his victory...( i got three boys, and a girl, all grown, and little grandkids, too, so i have just been hurting for his folks and his sister)....

there is something very very special about familes... :)
Charlotte

climber
DC, Turks and Caicos
Jul 8, 2007 - 04:56pm PT
Hi everyone, this is my last post from New York as I am about to head back to DC, but I wanted to give you the latest on Bobby and the whole Model clan. Bobby is still in the Neuro ICU and he seems to be really taking to his surroundings. The nursing care here is exceptional and the doctors have shown tremendous empathy. One of Faith and Bobby’s cousins is a resident at Mt Sinai so he is getting extra support and TLC. One of the nicest things is that someone is practically constantly at Bobby’s side, and everyone takes turns talking to him, updating him on your posts and messages (I made a point of recounting in great details the most embarrassing of his childhood memories … BUSTED!), holding his hand, rubbing his arms and generally letting him know that he is not alone. We all think that he seems to be reacting in small ways and we have definitely noticed that he looks better by the day, calm, resting, very much at peace.

The nurses are definitely getting the hang of Bobby. As I was standing by his bed, they started discussing what a big guy he is (his arms and legs are still incredibly muscular and I’m pretty sure he was trying to flex his muscles when he overheard them) and one of them asked how tall Bobby is. All I could answer was something to the effect of “yay high” with my hand way above my head, but then another nurse jumped in and answered that he is 6 ft 2 in. Apparently, she had checked on him and already knew the REALLY important info on our big friend. Then they were all excited to report that following the publication of the article in the NY Times a complete stranger had called the ICU to check on him, “just because they had been following his progress.” Now the nurses are all convinced that our Bob-Meister is a complete rock star – WHICH HE IS!!!!

The other thing I wanted to share with you is a taste of the love and affection that have surrounded Bobby and Faith here in New York. A host of cousins, aunts and uncles are providing a constant source of visitors and both Bobby and Faith really appreciate the visits. Big Bob is here (and yes, we DID have our little conversation, we still disagree on some issues but appear to agree on most …), spending time with Bobby and Faith, and overall being an awesome father. Today, the family of another patient asked him if he had just flown his son in from Africa. Bob said that yes, he was the one, and he was tickled when they said that they had just read about Bobby in the NY Times. Word travels fast on the 8th floor at Mt Sinai … On top of this, Faith has a small posse of Loomis alumni (Loomis is the high school they all attended) who are constantly at her side or a mere phone call away. It is clear from seeing their concern, love and affection that they are much more than Faith’s friends, but rather that they have incorporated Bobby in their circle as the vicarious older brother they have long admired and now watch over. Helen, Liz Kohn and Kilby were at Mt Sinai when the ambulance pulled in from the airport and someone has been with Faith ever since. Liz Romig has also come to visit, all of which has made Faith visibly stronger. Anne is flying in from Wyoming today (Sunday), and I know that this is going to strengthen further the circle of love, strength and support on which Bobby and Faith depend so much. In other words, Faith and Bobby are clearly in very good hands. Of course, they could ALWAYS do with more thoughts, messages and prayers, so do keep them coming!

On a final note, Faith sends all her love and thanks to everyone. She’s still not able to respond individually to all the messages and emails you all have sent, but she really appreciates each and every one of them.

OK, you are now completely up to speed on how our friends are doing. All the best to everyone,

Charlotte
gradyphoto

climber
Washington DC
Jul 8, 2007 - 06:03pm PT
Great to know that Bobby's surrounded by not only his amazing family and loved ones, but great, caring doctors. Very good to know.
Keep holding on Bobby..in your own time...we're not giving up on you.
your friend Liz
John & Pam Feeley

Social climber
Cody
Jul 8, 2007 - 11:06pm PT
Bobby, I don’t remember where I saw this, but I read this the other day and thought of you.

It’s hard for everyone to deal with what’s happened to you, especially the way it happened; but maybe all of us, the ones who admire and respect you, the ones who think your absolutely nuts, and the ones that love and adore you, can find some comfort in knowing this is who you are, and you’d never do it any other way.

TO RISK
To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because
the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing,
has nothing… is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow,
but he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live…
By William Arthur Ward

We want to see you soon, and I know you’re ready to get out of that bed! We miss you and are sending positive thoughts and endless prayers for you and the family.
Johnny & Pam Feeley
Katrina

climber
Roseburg, OR & Cody, WY
Jul 9, 2007 - 12:48am PT
Bobby,

Welcome back to the good ole U.S.of A! I just spent an hour catching up on the last weeks posts. All the stories make me wish I had the chance to get to know you more than I did! The only story I can conjure up involves the 4th grade Box Social at Eastside Elementary. You "bid" on my decorated boxed lunch and had to eat lunch with me. I recall you and Tyler Chambers only being interested in seeing who could shotgun their soda faster and burp the loudest afterward. I was mortified at this boyish behavior and embarrassed that you wouldn't even try to eat any of the food my mom had packed for the occassion. After the lunch we had to square dance with people (after spending the whole week practicing in PE) and I remember having to dance with Tim Barrus. Another mortifying moment in my life. Apparently this whole thing was traumatic enough that I remember it vividly all these years later! I always wonder if you remember it too. :)

I just spent a week in Cody enjoying the 4th of July festivities. I spent a day and 1/2 in Yellowstone taking pictures of all the incredible wildlife and if my photos turn out even a small fraction as good as yours, I'll be damn happy!

I truly hope you are hearing and feeling all the love and support everyone is sending your way! Every one of us reading these posts can only hope to get a small fraction of the kind of love and support you are receiving if something of this nature were to happen to us.

You truly are a role model and I wish you a speedy recovery! If you're going to be climbing The Dollar in cowboy boots again, I really want to witness that this time, so make sure I'm invited! ;)

Get well soon,
Katrina Krause
Tripp

climber
Jul 9, 2007 - 01:08am PT
I am not big on publicly posting personal stuff to groups, but I know a lot of people all over the world are closely tuned into reading this thread so I'll give it a try mainly because I was tremendously inspired by Joe Maxwell's words from SA and I have really enjoyed so many stories from Bobby's friends, some of whom I know, but many of whom I only know through stories Bobby shared over the years.

I got to spend some time with Faith, Big Bob and friends this morning and then Faith and I visited with Bobby. As many of you know, Bobby is so amazingly blessed to have had Faith by his side through all of this, her commitment and bond with Bobby is and always has been so much deeper than most sibling relationships. It was tremendous being with Faith and watching how she cares for and communicates with Bobby.

Faith let me know right away that Bobby heard us and as we joined hands with him it became apparent. While he is not conscious in an outright state you could clearly tell, as Joe Maxwell has said, that Bobby is right there, just below the surface, itching to respond. I could defnitely feel his energy and his awesome strength while just standing with my hands on him, I really got the sense that he seems close to getting up, shaking himself off, making a couple of strides of the Model swagger and walking out of the building to get on with life.

All of that good mojo out there is definitely feeding and fueling Bobby so keep it coming, keep believing. Take care for now - Tripp
Somerton Manor

climber
Somerset West South Africa
Jul 9, 2007 - 04:12am PT
Hi Bobby and Model Family & friends.

We are all thinking and praying for you here in South Africa. It’s great to read that you are having such a great support team. It was a privilege to meet your family and friends here in Somerset West. As I can read you are also charming the nurses there in NC. It is going to be a hard clime for you but as far as we can see you are the one how will concur this one as well. Your support team is amassing and this shows what a great man you are.
We at Somerton Manor and Vergelegen Medi- Clinic are missing you and hope to see you do well.
Lots of thanks & hugs to friends and Family.

Antonie and Somerton Team.
tals

climber
VIRGINIA
Jul 9, 2007 - 09:56am PT
Bobby and Faith,

Good Morning-
It was nice to start my day out with a laugh re: you and Tyler shot-gunning sodas in the 4th grade and frightening the girls. It's always nice to hear a memory. I laugh, I cry, and then I laugh again.
My mom recalls an afternoon- Ty had just walked home from school and was telling her about his new friend Bobby. Mom asked if you were a nice kid.. He said "yeah... yeah, he's a good kid, but he flipped a cop the bird through the fence at recess". Game over, you were the best of buds from then on.
I know without a doubt that Tyler is right there with you in spirit- If he were here, he'd be by your side to support you and Faith every step of the way. He'd be one of your biggest fans, although I can see him torturing you into waking up by prying your eyes open or something only he could think up-There was nobody quite like him :)
My two oldest Aubrey and Tanner know of their uncle and bless Tyler's friend Bobby every night at their bedsides.
Chris and I send all our thoughts, prayers, and energy your way.
Faith, don't forget to take care of you.


Rest well our friend-
I love you both-
Love to the rest of the family.
Peace

TCK





Heather Merten- Cowden

Social climber
Hagerman
Jul 9, 2007 - 11:28am PT
Hi Bobby,
I've got another training peak for you. This weekend was Johnstone Creek , elevation in the 9,000 range but a spectacular view of Ketchum, Sun Valley, and all of Baldy. This peak sits just across from Hyndman, Old Hyndman, and Cobb . The access initially has a well maintained path until you come to the cross path for Pioneer Cabin, then you just start hiking saddles and peaks about 5 in all until you reach the highest of them all. The high altitude wild flowers on this hike are fantastic. It is definately a must do. Beautiful yet rough enough to be a challenge.
Have a great day Bobby! Miss you.
Heather Merten Cowden
Mees

climber
Jul 9, 2007 - 12:12pm PT
Hey Bobby,
It was early May, the truck was packed, goodbyes were said, merely 1000 miles or so stood between us and Yosemite Valley. So many thoughts and dreams rushed through our heads. Had our few years of groveling up the walls of Shoshone Canyon prepared us for THE greatest MOST intimidating climbing area in the world? Well, you were certainly wasting no time to find out. Before I knew it we’d put the Nevada desert behind us (quite beautiful at night) and found ourselves driving through the most switch-backed narrow paved road I think man was capable of creating. It reminded me of an I love Lucy episode I’d seen where Desi and Lucy tried to take a camping trip pulling a gigantic trailer and seem to take every road they shouldn’t have. I’d almost bet money they had to have filmed part of it on that road. We’d gotten closer and were counting down the 1/10ths of miles and were just about ready to crawl out of our skin there was so much anticipation and excitement to catch the first glimpse of The Big Ditch. We arrived at one of the western park entrances and still had a ways to go to get to the valley proper. The last 20 miles seemed to take longer than the first 1000! Finally, we rounded a turn and there it was in all it’s glory Yosemite Valley! Words of course fail when trying to define or describe what laid before us.. El Capitan on the left, Bridalveil falls on the right and Half Dome lurking in the distance. One would be hard pressed to find a more heavenly view on this earth. Holy moly!, Bobby we need to pull over... About 20 seconds later we had pulled over, you had managed to drain your coffee, get your tripod set up, camera mounted, metering the light. Other tourists saw your whirlwind and just kind of got the hell out of your way. After you had snapped a roll or two we were ready.. or were we? We drove the valley floor loop a few times with our jaws on the ground, and headed to the Mountain shop to get a guidebook and hopefully some good advice for our first climb. The helpful climber working there suggested Central Pillar of Frenzy on Middle Cathedral Buttress, for a first introductory climb and it just happened to sit right across from El Capitan. WoW, great! So we set out, you were driving and I was sizing up the climb based on the description in the guidebook.
Pitch 1 Offwidth! “Uh Oh” I said to myself, “that pitch is Bobby’s”. During the ride out I’d heard many stories about the OW’s at the VOO (Vedauwoo outside of Laramie) and how you had even managed to befriend and climb with the OW master himself Bob Scarpelli. I chuckled to myself thank God I have a rope gun because I’m about as good at OW as I am at reading Mandarin.
Pitch 2 hands/finger crack that ones mine.
Pitch 3 Fist crack roof… Another chuckle silently to myself, “My this is working out nicely” another wide crack and it just happens to be Bobby’s turn to lead again.
Pitch 4 hand crack YES no OW no problem!
Pitch 5 manky chimney OW to the max. congratulations Bobby
So I finally suggest, “want to take the first lead Bobby?” “Sure why not, let’s get it on”. I smile both at my ingenious tactical maneuverings and your innocent bravery. We hike up to the climb and a 25 foot high snow drift sits in front of the climb with nearly a 4 foot wide gap between it and the rock. Looking down at the gap from the top of the snow drift we noticed a dark mote that one just probably shouldn’t fall into if you know what I mean. Looking up Middle Cathedral seemed to just go on forever, “We Ain’t in Kansas anymore Model!” You sized up the first pitch and instantly saw there was a wide section guarding the top of the pitch. You weren’t impressed, to say the least. I cheered you on and reminded you of all the chicken wings (not food), arm bars and how Scarpelli would chastise you if you didn’t go up and crush this pitch. Well true to form you went up and with moves that were part inch worm, part mule you styled (that might not be the right word here as I’m not sure styling an OW pitch is technically possible) to the top and signaled your safety and disgust. The second pitch was an amazing clean hand/finger crack as advertised, I was almost laughing out loud as I got towards the top and saw the fist roof crack looming above on pitch 3. You seconded the pitch and like me were blown away with the quality and flow compared to the drudgery of the first pitch. I looked up and tried to sound surprised when I said you “might” want to take a couple of larger friends for that wide roof above. You started to catch on to me I think at that point. “HUH, another OW pitch what the hell Mees!” Trying to contain my laughter I reminded you that you were the man, Vedauwoo etc. etc.. Off you went chugging along until you came to the roof and somehow managed to get over it with equal parts , pain, ribald Wyo slang and true grit. The pain and blood were quickly forgotten when you got to see me grovel through that roof with eyes larger than saucers complexion dimming with each foot gained spattered with my timid squeaks “watch me” “how’d you do this” “awesome lead bro”. Your condescending laughs always were inspirational to me though and somehow I managed to get through just to spite you I think and steady myself for the next beautiful hand crack above us. It was hard to believe such benign graceful climbing could be part of the same route as the pitch we just completed. It was so easy compared to what you just did and I was almost in tears with laughter by then when I looked up and saw the rotten chimneys of pitch 5. Your lead Bobby! You were on to me for sure then, and were giving me hell for sneaking those gnarly pitches on you. We had a good laugh and I thanked you for being such a good rope gun. We looked over at the sheer majesty of El Capitan, as we had the perfect view of it from our perch directly across the valley from it. I knew we didn’t really have the experience to give it a go that trip, but I knew in my heart that when we did you would be at the top of my list for partners as you always have been. That month went way too fast, SO much good climbing and adventure, mountain bar shenanigans, dinner at the Ahwahnee (thanks Anne!) Snake Dike and the amazing redwoods of the Mariposa grove to name a few of the highlights , oh yeah you took a few pictures to. Love ya man thanks for that trip. I still gotta do El Cap (pretty sure you already have) I sure as hell still need ya for the OW pitches man, no better at them now than I was back then, so heal up, tape up and strap that camera on, I’ll be waiting with the rack in hand and OW above us, we got a lot more laughing to do.
Pat
Toma Knapp

climber
Laramie, Wyoming
Jul 9, 2007 - 02:40pm PT
Hey Bobby, were glad your back in the US. It is so amazing how many people write to you. You have a lot of great friends and family that care about you so much. Also it is neat to see all of the people writing you that we went to school with. Beau and I are praying for you everyday. Keep fighting Bobby, your friends Toma Knapp and Beau White
Jill McMillan

climber
Colorado
Jul 9, 2007 - 05:26pm PT
Bobby and Family,
What Toma said is so true! You may never know how many people are out here thinking about you, but we hope you are feeling it! Everyone I know who has any connection to Cody is now checking this site daily and sending more and more good thoughts your way. We're all glad you're back in the US and are in good hands at the hospital. Thanks to everyone who is keeping us up to date!
Jill McMillan
Mark Jenkins

climber
Jul 9, 2007 - 06:59pm PT
Faith-

Would it be possible to explain in medical terms how Bobby is doing? He's clearly surrounded by love from around the world, but I find myself wanting to know specifics about his condition. Hope this isn't too much to ask.

We're all pulling for Bobby.

Mark Jenkins

Angi

Social climber
Cody
Jul 10, 2007 - 12:46am PT
Faith, hang in there girl. You and Bobby are amazing individuals. Faith I am truly blessed to know both of you. I do have a couple angels up there that are taking care of the good ones down here, so they are taking care of Bobby. My prayers are with you and your family, God Bless and I hope to see both of you soon.
Angela
himills

Social climber
Filthydelphia, PA
Jul 10, 2007 - 10:30am PT
Hi Faith, Bobby, Annie, and company,

The Chapmans up and down the East Coast are all praying and pulling for your well-being. Bobby, it has been over twenty years since I saw you (I think it was when our families saw ET in the theater), and you certainly have been up to some amazing things. I know Ashley loved seeing you last fall in New York. Faith and Annie, I wish you peaceful mindfulness amidst the storm.

Also, even in the worst moments there is a place for humor, so I went and collected some good jokes for you:
http://www.lotsofjokes.com/dirty.htm
http://www.the-jokes.com/listjokes.php?id=Best
http://www.rd.com/content/50-funniest-jokes/
http://jokes.siteuri.ro/jokes.01.html

Peace, Mills
Charlotte

climber
DC, Turks and Caicos
Jul 10, 2007 - 11:57am PT
Hey Bob-Meister,

Well, I'm sorry to report that I am back in DC, where the temperature has finally hit the three digits range (38 degrees C for all of us Euros and scientists) and where it's so miserable that the last thing one wants to do is go outside and play. I think I'm going to stay safely indoors and wait for dusk to go for a little walk once it's decent again. Fortunately, I had brought my guitar to New York (until I realized that Duh! it wouldn't be cool in the ICU, but never mind ...) and had the strings changed and tuned so I have picked it up again. Which is good news (for me, for my neighbours, not so much ...) as it gives me something to do while I'm locked in. I've been playing some of the songs we had played at Peg and Steve's in Portsmouth after Jessica's service and others that I know Faith really likes. These are all songs Faith, Jessica and I used to sing with our students in the Turks and Caicos and the funniest is one on which Faith has put her personal twist, basically chiming in at the wrong spot so that it sounds like echo. I swear, I can't play that song with a straight face anymore, as soon as I hit Faith's "echo" part my face cracks up in a big smile and, believe you me, it's actually hard to carry a tune when you smile from ear to ear...

There is also a beautiful song that I like a lot, called Easy Silence by the Dixie Chicks. It's my new favorite song because listening to it reminds me of the fact that we cannot hear you right now but hope, nay KNOW that you can hear us, in your own way. My favorite part goes:

When the calls and conversations
Accidents and accusations
Messages and misperceptions
Paralyze my mind

Busses, cars, and airplanes leaving
Burning fumes of gasoline
And everyone is running
And I come to find a refuge in the

Easy silence that you make for me
It's OK when there's nothing more to say to me
And the peaceful quiet you create for me
And the way you keep the world at bay for me
The way you keep the world at bay

I'll try and email the song to Faith and maybe she can play it on your iPod. I'm also trying to teach myself the chords so hopefully when you are better I can play it for you.

All right, Bud, that's is it for now, but never forget that everyone is rooting for you. We are waiting for you Bobby, and we will keep waiting for as long as you need.

Hug everyone for me, and an especially big hug to Anne,

Charlotte

PS: when I was in NY we talked a lot about that crazy New Year's in Cody and Montana two years ago - good times my friend! (And a big hug to Molly, Sharon and the rest of the gang back in WY)