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Send positive vibes for ExcitableBoy

Postby mvs » Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:20 pm

Hi guys,
Our own ExcitableBoy is just back from the hospital, and has it really tough at the moment. He's been dealing with a systemic fungal infection for a few years now and it has completely incapacitated him. While he's sleeping, and temporarily free of pain, maybe we can send some well wishes his way from our corner of the alpine web world.

The first time I climbed with ExcitableBoy was on Orbit, on Snow Creek Wall in the Washington Cascades. I'd never been on an alpine 5.8, and was intimidated to get to climb with him, with trips to Alaska and winter attempts on Johannesburg under his belt. He taught me so much in that one day, but what always shines through with him is his smile, his joking around and that he notices little things about what you are doing or thinking, and has the exact right words handy to give you confidence.

Lately he's given back to us with articles like Alpinism 101, and always had good advice for people on the forums here. Sadly I didn't get to climb with him in 9 years, but here are some pictures from that time:

On the North Ridge of Forbidden Peak, a 20 hour extravaganza car to car, done with much laughter and good feelings:
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Approaching Chair Peak's North Face, here he is introducing me to winter climbing in the Cascades:
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Here he is on top of Chair Peak, indicating how he feels in the mountains:
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My thoughts and prayers are with him and his wife R.. He's been told there isn't a cure for this kind of infection, but I don't see any harm in us putting in some thoughts that way. Doctors don't know everything.
Thanks,
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Re: Send positive vibes for ExcitableBoy

Postby jesu, joy of man's desiring » Sun Jan 08, 2012 2:48 am

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POSITIVE vibes sent, fer sure...more info, eh? what is the exact diagnosis? since this is already public domain stuff.

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Re: Send positive vibes for ExcitableBoy

Postby CSUMarmot » Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:07 am

Wishing the best for him
Dammit kid get off mah lawn!!!
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Re: Send positive vibes for ExcitableBoy

Postby lcarreau » Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:34 am

Time is the best doctor.
-- Yiddish Proverb
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Re: Send positive vibes for ExcitableBoy

Postby mountainsandsound » Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:45 am

Thanks for your advice. I've actually written things on forums looking forward to some words of wisdom from you specifically. Hope you'll be doing better soon.
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Re: Send positive vibes for ExcitableBoy

Postby The Chief » Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:55 am

I will break my silence to post up for this....

ExcitableBoy DUDE!

The hardest climbs we will ever encounter throughout our lives have absolutely nothing to do with any Rock, Ice or Snow. It is times such as this one that we can dig deep and draw from the experiences we have had in the hills.

Focus, persevere and kick this thing in the ass. Do remember this....

What does not kill me will only make me that much stronger.


You are and will be in my prayers.
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Re: Send positive vibes for ExcitableBoy

Postby Muddeer » Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:58 am

Hope you feel better soon, ExcitableBoy. Looking forward to reading more of your blogs and posts.
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Re: Send positive vibes for ExcitableBoy

Postby Josh Lewis » Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:28 am

I'm sorry to hear about his current situation. :( He has said a lot of nice things to me and posted a great article on Alpinism:
http://www.summitpost.org/alpinism-101- ... ion/756518

From what I've read about him, he seemed like a very skilled climber. My prayers go out to him and those involved.

This quote goes out to ExcitableBoy:
"Life is NOT a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -- ’WOW, what a ride!!!"
My Websites: Alpine Josh · Alpine Ascent · AceMaps
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Re: Send positive vibes for ExcitableBoy

Postby mvs » Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:04 pm

Thanks guys, excellent thoughts all...and Chief, a very special thanks. Go climb something for the E. Boy. I would have been out on skis today but the avy danger here is ridiculous now.
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Re: Send positive vibes for ExcitableBoy

Postby Charles » Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:06 pm

Good luck to him!
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Re: Send positive vibes for ExcitableBoy

Postby mvs » Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:10 pm

Steve1215 wrote:--

POSITIVE vibes sent, fer sure...more info, eh? what is the exact diagnosis? since this is already public domain stuff.

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I don't know enough to say beyond "systemic fungal infection." ExcitableBoy may be able to (if it makes sense for him) go into more detail, but the problem with this issue is it's maddening complexity. Just google it and you'll come across huge variety of outcomes, severity, cures (or lack of cures).
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Re: Send positive vibes for ExcitableBoy

Postby Trevers89 » Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:46 pm

His article on alpinism is the best thing I've read online for someone like me wanting to get into mountaineering. Wishing him all the best
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Re: Send positive vibes for ExcitableBoy

Postby albanberg » Sun Jan 08, 2012 2:47 pm

Best wishes for EB!

He might want to check out this site:

http://www.drfostersessentials.com

I have used her products and found them to be very good. She does not have EB's illness listed on her site, but I see a reference to it (I think) in a PDF that she sent to me in the past. EB might try calling to get an email address that Dr. Foster will read and send her an email. Or go to see her in LA.

Unconventional may be the way to go in this situation.

Again, best wishes for EB.
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Re: Send positive vibes for ExcitableBoy

Postby MarkDidier » Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:26 pm

Best wishes to EB. Hope he's back to good health soon. Please keep us updated.
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Re: Send positive vibes for ExcitableBoy

Postby norco17 » Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:07 pm

Hope you get better man
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