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By Phil
From San Diego, CA
Apr 2, 2007
Red Rocks climber Mike McGlynn took a very serious groundfall in the Black Corridor on Sunday and is currently hospitalized. Please keep him and his friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

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By C Miller
Administrator
Apr 2, 2007
Sugar Pine (Pinus lambertiana), Black Mountain
That's horrible. Best wishes to a speedy recovery.

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By saxfiend
Administrator
From Decatur, GA
Apr 2, 2007
Relaxing at the P1 belay of Fruit Loops at Rumblin...
Sorry to hear that; hope he's back on his feet soon.

JL

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By Tea
Apr 2, 2007
just Jong it!
Sending Mike some good energy for a fast recovery!

Thoughts and Prayers with family and friends.

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By Francis Baker (fran)
From Las Vegas,NV
Apr 3, 2007
Leading at RR
Mike was in the WFR course I took in Nov. of '06. He professed to be taking the course because he was going to start rock guiding for a local service. I hope he was not working and also hope he recovers! My thoughts and prayers to he and his family!

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By AngelaM
From Northern California
Apr 3, 2007
I want to share that Mike is a remarkable person whom I've loved spending time with. He has a love for life bigger then words can describe. He has a very kind heart and always extended himself to others openly and generously. I am so sad this has happened and am holding him, his family and friends close in my heart. May strength, grace and love be with him!

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By avm
From Las Vegas
Apr 3, 2007
Mike is in my thoughts and prayers. He is an amazing wonderful man. If anyone would like to know Mike's latest status you can contact Todd Lane through e-mail at toddrlane@yahoo.com.

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By NjC
Apr 4, 2007
I don't know Mike, but have appreciated his solid and respectful thoughts & comments on this site. I find myself checking the thread, wanting to hear what happened and how he's doing. Any body have any more info?

I hope he knows that even people he hasn't met are concerned and wishing him well!

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By Danny Meyers
From Las Vegas, NV
Apr 4, 2007
Claret, FR. at the base of Kilotonnique!
Mike is one of the nicest guys you could ever know. I am hoping and praying for the most positive outcome. Please, let's all do the same.
Danny

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By john campbell
Apr 5, 2007
top of black dagger
hang in there mike. you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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By Mark Allen
Apr 5, 2007
Mike and all who know him, all thoughts and prayers are with you.

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By Anne
Apr 5, 2007
I met Mike and Todd last Fall at Jack's Canyon. We had fun there! Mike was an easy, nice guy to hang out with. I am really sad to hear of his accident. My heart is with him and his family and friends.

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By avm
From Las Vegas
Apr 5, 2007
Todd requested that I let everyone know that Mike's access is now restricted. There is a list of approved visitors. Please contact Todd at toddrlane@yahoo.com to discuss your status.
AVM

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By avm
From Las Vegas
Apr 6, 2007
Mike's friends and family really appreciate all the support of the climbing community. They also appreciate if the climbing community respects their privacy and keeps posting to wish Mike well.

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By saxfiend
Administrator
From Decatur, GA
Apr 11, 2007
Relaxing at the P1 belay of Fruit Loops at Rumblin...
Any good news?

I saw a letter to the editor from Mike in R&I. Hopefully he'll get to see it for himself soon.

JL

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By Todd Lane
From LV, NV
Apr 12, 2007
Our good friend, Mike J. McGlynn died this morning at 6:20. Mike loved climbing and was passionate about everything he did - we should all be so lucky to live our lives the way Mike lived his. Mike's family wants the climbing community to know how overwhelmed they have been by your support, love, and assistance. Thank you to all of you.

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By Jim Matt
From Indianapolis, IN
Apr 12, 2007
Jim at the Boneyard TRing a route
That is really sad news...thanks for relaying the info, Todd. My thoughts go out to friends and family members of Mike...I am so sorry for your loss.

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By M.Morley
Administrator
From Sacramento, CA
Apr 12, 2007
8-21-09
Really sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mike's family and friends.

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By saxfiend
Administrator
From Decatur, GA
Apr 12, 2007
Relaxing at the P1 belay of Fruit Loops at Rumblin...
I am so sorry to hear this. I didn't know him at all, but felt a pang when I read of his passing. Condolences to his friends and family.

JL

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By Matt McMurray
From Castle Rock, CO
Apr 12, 2007
It's the best choice...
Mike was a very friendly guy, who was an experienced climber. Hopefully his accident will result is all of us taking a pause and reflecting on our own safe practices when climbing. While climbing has inherent elements of danger, I refuse to believe that under normal/reasonable circumstances death has to be one of those risks. This is especially sobering when it happens in your own backyard.

Mike's presence will surely be missed out at the crag, and I pray for peace in his family and the partner he was climbing with.

MM

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By Jim Matt
From Indianapolis, IN
Apr 12, 2007
Jim at the Boneyard TRing a route
I think it is a loss to all climbers when we lose one of our own. I never met Mike, and it is really upsetting to hear of his passing away.

Not to sound insensitive (and I apologize and will edit this if it offends anyone), but what were the circumstances surrounding his fall? I had heard anecdotally about the fall, but I don't want to repeat them as I am uncertain of their accuracy. Perhaps we can learn in a positive way from what happened to Mike.

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By Ron Olsen
From Boulder, CO
Apr 12, 2007
In the cow pasture below the Tre Cime de Lavaredo,...
Jim Matt wrote:
Not to sound insensitive (and I apologize and will edit this if it offends anyone), but what were the circumstances surrounding his fall? I had heard anecdotally about the fall, but I don't want to repeat them as I am uncertain of their accuracy. Perhaps we can learn in a positive way from what happened to Mike.

Jim,
I, too, would like to learn about the circumstances of this sad and tragic accident. My deepest sympathies go out to Mike's family and friends.

This thread should remain a memorial to Mike, with comments from people who knew him, or from those of us who didn't know Mike but nevertheless are saddened by his loss. A new thread should be started to discuss the details of the accident, when it's appropriate.

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By Stone Nude
Apr 12, 2007
When dumb people have disposable income, hilarity ...
Folks, I've done every stupid thing possible while climbing. I'm not a good example for your kids. I learned to climb stoned, led hard trad wasted for two years before I started catching on and cleaning up. I've onsight soled stuff I guarantee I'd fall off of trying to lead right now. I've climbed with unsafe beginners, made mistakes trying to go too fast, caught myself right before leaning back when I was clipped in wrong, simulclimbed with the weaker climber on the back end of the rope, gotten lost, gotten others lost, walked off when I could have rappelled, rappelled off when I should have walked off, and so much more it makes my head spin. We make a big deal out of checking harnesses and knots and wearing helmets, but in the end, Mike's story has taught us, the end can come on an ordinary day clipping bolts in the Corridor, just like he had a dozen times before. I've been out when Mike and Todd added a route in that very area. I'm sure I've been on the route that Mike found trouble on.

The lesson we can take from this is not just to nod to safety, but to recognize that our friendships and families and ourselves demand that we pay better attention and not trivialize what we do. Life is a gift that we only have for a short time-hold onto it, cherish it, and don't forget what lessons we learn from those who have left us behind to move on to the next life. My heart goes out to Mike's friends and family. We're here for you if we can help.

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By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
Apr 12, 2007
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December...
Mike McGlynn ; He is one of the most beautiful people you could ever know. Intelligent, talented, worldly, kind, and generous with his time, and knowledge, a great athlete, strong, brave, fearless, with a witty sense of humor, and an endless supply of interesting, and wonderful stories to share; so full of life. He touches so many lives in the most positive way, and has the gift to make people feel greater, and more special than they thought they could ever be. I have always imagined Mike as my lifelong friend, as he will continue to be. He will always be my best friend, a favorite outdoor companion, my partner in comedy, a great brother, father, and teacher of many subjects; I will take you wherever I go, Mike, I promise you that. I will continue to make you proud of me, as you had made me feel so proud of myself at so many times during our special times together. I will be strong, as you would want me to be. Mike, I miss you terribly, and love you so much, as do all of your many great friends, and your beautiful family. You are everything good in this world. Peace, my love.

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By Jim Matt
From Indianapolis, IN
Apr 12, 2007
Jim at the Boneyard TRing a route
Gigette, that was beautifully put. I am so sorry for the loss of your best friend, it sounds like Mike captured the hearts of so many, whether they knew him well or just knew him through others.

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By A.P.T.
From Truckee,Ca
Apr 12, 2007
So nice.
Putting tears in my eyes having read the latest posts. Ditto on all the great posts!

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