U.S. honors Yosemite search and rescue ranger


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Mountain climber
Bay Area
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 30, 2008 - 02:24am PT
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 30, 2008 - 02:26am PT
Majid: Good post, but suggest you re-post with name of honoree in title, e.g. "U.S. honours John Dill, Yosemite rescue ranger". And maybe paste some of the text from the article into your OP. Let's get him some front page recognition, and make it easy for people to see what's being talked about. IMHO

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Oct 30, 2008 - 03:21am PT
Dill was on my rescue from a ledge above Mirror Lake when I tried to shortcut to the valley from North Dome (1976 ?) , and I remember them trying to warm that kid up (blankets) on the heaters of the clinic at the time ('82) . Well deserved honor indeed .
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Oct 30, 2008 - 03:40am PT
Yes, John Dill has been a lot of people's angel and shepherded a lot of Climber's Sar training.




San Fran Cisco
Oct 30, 2008 - 03:49am PT
Hooray for John Dill!

Social climber
Oct 30, 2008 - 06:24am PT
hey there... say, bump for a hero that i just now learned about... sending some honorable words to john dill...

learned here, from the supertopo sight...

thanks so very much for sharing...

takes a lot out of man to rescue someone... stuff that by grace, the good lord puts back in...
Roger Breedlove

Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Oct 30, 2008 - 09:00am PT
Congratulations to John.

John was such a steady fellow Camp 4 climber before he joined the NPS and deserves all the honors any one can bestow.

One of my favorite memories is a radio crackle on the top of El Cap during the Olsen Nose rescue in September 1972, followed by Johns voice. We had lowered Bridwell and Olsen to the ground from somewhere mid-face. A huge, nerve-wracking ordeal.

Just as Jim is about to touch down with Olsen in the litter, John, who was coordinating the work on the Valley floor, got on the radio and said, "Now remember Jim, 'It's one giant leap for a man; one small step for mankind.'" Getting the 'a' right but mixing up the meaning from the original Armstrong lunar qoute. It took all the tension out of the whole lot of us.

Hope to see John at the Nose50 reunion.

All the best, Roger

Trad climber
Josh, CA
Oct 30, 2008 - 09:49am PT
This is long over due. Congrats to John!

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Oct 30, 2008 - 10:19am PT
Congrats to John, a well deserved honor! I met John in the Valley in the early 70's. I remember him telling me how he survived as a poor student at MIT by eating rabbits from an experimental lab.
Roger Breedlove

Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Oct 30, 2008 - 10:53am PT
That is hilarious, Jim. But I can 'hear' John telling you the story.

BTW, you coming to the Nose50 reunion?
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Oct 30, 2008 - 10:55am PT
Congratulations to John Dill! He must be getting old if they figured out a way to honor his many contributions to Search & Rescue...

Try to sing the praises of the 70-year-old ranger, though, and you will feel his wrath.

The National Park Service and the Interior Department took that risk Wednesday night by giving Dill an award for "superior service." The honor, essentially a lifetime achievement award, was bestowed at a catered dinner during a ranger reunion in Yosemite Valley. The ceremony was kept secret because everybody knew that Dill would never have shown up had he known such a thing was in the works.

"He's in competition for being the world's most modest man," said Lincoln Else, the former Yosemite climbing ranger and now the director of the Sierra Wilderness Education Project. "The truth is he's been extremely influential in the development of the search and rescue program, rescue techniques, and he has saved many lives."

Protest as he might, Dill is the brains behind Yosemite Search and Rescue, called "YOSAR" by almost everyone.

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Oct 30, 2008 - 11:17am PT
Well, it's about time!!!
Congratulations, my friend.
I think you know I much I admire and appreciate your service.

Trad climber
Oct 30, 2008 - 11:29am PT
Gratz Dill!!

(not that you care)

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Oct 30, 2008 - 11:30am PT
Cheers Mr. Dill!!! (and everybody in YOSAR)

Trad climber
all bivied up on the ledge
Oct 30, 2008 - 11:31am PT
John Dill led the team that got my buddy Mark stabalized and to the clinic after his 165ft ground fall in 76. I've been in his debt ever since.

Good on ya, John!

Oct 30, 2008 - 11:32am PT
We first met John at the Gunks when he was a member of MITOC advanced rock climbing sometime in the 60's? As a group we were kept well under control by the admonition,"Be careful there. You too can be replaced by a nonlinear servomechanism!"

But then he was drawn away by rumors about some climbing area out west. It must have been a pretty nice area.

Oct 30, 2008 - 11:42am PT
"....he survived as a poor student at MIT by eating rabbits from an experimental lab."

LOL Donini

Anyways this is great, congratulations, John, you lurker you.

Trad climber
novato ca
Oct 31, 2008 - 10:57am PT
bump a much deserved honor
Thanks, Brian

Sport climber
Venice, Ca
Oct 31, 2008 - 11:46am PT
Well deserved! John's also written al lot of super useful stuff on safety that I have quoted often in various books.

Thanks, JD.

John Long
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