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Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 30, 2008 - 10:55am PT


Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Oct 30, 2008 - 11:31am PT
An honor he deserves. Are there any of us from the old school, or maybe the new that don't know about the guy?

Trad climber
San Diego
Oct 30, 2008 - 12:30pm PT
Well deserved. I was rescued off of the nutcracker a few years ago after 2 broken legs. I don't know all of the intimate details of the rescue & the team but I imagine he was an integral part. I had a several month email exchange with John afterwards...he helped me track the guy down who I'd been climbing with It wasn't an easy task, he did a bunch of detective work and went way above and beyond the call of duty but it sounds like that is how he does things. I was impressed and extremely appreciative! Thanks, John!!
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Oct 30, 2008 - 12:33pm PT
about time! every climber should read John's classic "Staying Alive"

Essential reading to better avoid injury, death or rescue (its a PDF download)

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Oct 30, 2008 - 12:45pm PT
Congrats, John!

Oct 30, 2008 - 12:53pm PT
So well deserved.

Salute to this selfless and modest man. I'd call him a hero.
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Oct 30, 2008 - 01:29pm PT
John Dill appears in the The Sharp End movie, yelling at Ammon through the bullhorn,
asking him if he needed a rescue... So did Ammon get rescued or did he knott?

I just read the SF Gate article, and regarding this part:

Dill seems to enjoy tales of lucky breaks and miraculous saves, including the recent rescue of a man whose shorts caught on a rock, preventing a thousand foot fall off Half Dome. His reports about them are famous not only for their astute analysis but for their usefulness as cautionary tales.

    I happened upon this photo somewhere online, but I can't remember where it appeared...

Here's a HUGE version (1600 X 1200 pixels) with very good detail:

(click the pic it after it loads to zoom in)

Trad climber
novato ca
Oct 30, 2008 - 05:06pm PT
All climbers should bow down and say thanks. Thanks that he did save your ass or that situation has not happened, yet

Oct 30, 2008 - 05:18pm PT
Name a first ascent done by dill in the valley?
Hint: H.E.

Social climber
wuz real!
Oct 30, 2008 - 05:23pm PT
-Hawkman's Escape

Hobart, Australia
Oct 30, 2008 - 05:35pm PT
John Dill has been central in the innovation of many, if not most, modern rescue techniques. Preferring to remain "behind-the-scenes" he's the kind of fellow who happily encourages others to be the first to publish his concepts. A very clever man, that John Dill, always years ahead of the curve. A well-deserved honor.
It was a great experience to work for Yosar back in the 80's.

John Dill's decisions and organization saved my life back in 1986, on the South Face of Half Dome.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 30, 2008 - 05:39pm PT
A well-deserved honour, as I'm sure my brother would agree.

There's a photo-essay on YOSAR in the current issue of Climbing magazine, including B&W photos of John, Werner, Merry, Link, and others. Again, well-deserved. The cover title for the article is "Angels of Yosemite: Meet YOSAR, the World's Top Rescue Team". Knowing some of the people involved, and how modest they are, I suspect they wouldn't claim to be more than one of the world's top...
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Oct 30, 2008 - 05:46pm PT
MIghty Hiker - thanks for that info. I haven't bought an issue of Climbing in a while,
but I'll be getting that one for sure.

Trad climber
Southern Tier, NY
Oct 30, 2008 - 06:14pm PT
As if having the Dill Dome named in his honor in LYV wasn't enough :)

Congratulations and well deserved.
tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Oct 30, 2008 - 07:15pm PT
When they give the guy a lifetime achievement award, I have to ask if they are forcing him to retire? Werner?


Oct 30, 2008 - 07:19pm PT
Nah, they gave it out for what it is "A lifetime achievement award".

He's driving around in the electric cart right now Tom.

Oct 30, 2008 - 07:20pm PT
another hint, absolutely free
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 30, 2008 - 07:21pm PT
What?! Has John now taken up golf? I thought they closed the course by the Ahwahnee. :-)
tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Oct 30, 2008 - 09:08pm PT
Good to hear, for a second I was worried.

Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Oct 30, 2008 - 11:22pm PT
I often think of John Dill. Dig his Staying Alive piece. I first met him in I am guessing spring of 1970 or the next season, 1971. At the time I did not realize that he was 10 years my senior. But kind of an MIT engineer type of guy, intense, clear, and frankly driven but at the same time modest in his projects. I mean really intense. We all liked him but it wasn't clear if he understood this. And so from then on, he just kept doing this Valley thing, and like Werner, has been up there for nearly 4---FOUR---decades.

wow, ph.
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