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Within the past couple of days, Kevin Landolt, a regular contributor to this site, has been diagnosed with acute leukemia . Apparently, if it had not been found for a few more days, he would have been looking at only 2 months to live. He is going through the hell of chemo and a 2 to 3 week stay in the hospital. He has a long way to go to recovery, but the illness was caught in time. Still, nothing is for certain when dealing with that disease.

Here is the link to his page: mountainproject.com/u/kevin-la...

No doubt that he would appreciate getting the support of this community; PM him. Or better yet, send him a card. He is in the Poudre Valley Hospital, 1024 S. Lemay, Fort Collins, CO 80524. Sorry, I don't have a room number. In whatever way you can, send him some healing vibes and kind words. Thanks in advance.
olddog
Joined Apr 16, 2010
10 points
Sep 30, 2011
Thanks for posting this! Kevin is a solid guy and climber. His enthusiasm for pushing personal limits, achieving goals, and exploring wild places such as the fisher towers and RMNP in winter is infectious.

Get well buddy!
k. riemondy
From Boulder, Co
Joined Oct 3, 2006
92 points
Sep 30, 2011
I'm very sorry to hear this. I am sending some positive vibes his way in Ft. Collins. Get well soon & take care!!! KDog
Joined Jun 25, 2010
120 points
Sep 30, 2011
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Pea...
Definitely sending good vibes to Kevin. Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
1,532 points
Sep 30, 2011
I get excited over a large desert rack
Good luck Kevin. If Kevin pushes it in the Fisher Towers and RMNP in winter the guy has some serious guts and can dig deep when things get dicey. Pull through it bro! rob rebel
From Denver, co
Joined Jan 20, 2006
35 points
Sep 30, 2011
KC on Fields (medium).  Photo (c) Doug Shepherd
Holy crap! While I don't know Kevin personally, he's done some great climbs with a friend of mine.

Hang in there Kev. Sending lots of positive vibes your way!
Kevin Craig
Joined Mar 20, 2002
448 points
Administrator
Sep 30, 2011
Llama Races- Fairplay, Colorado
C'mon Kevin! You can do this!! Hank Caylor
From Golden, CO
Joined Dec 9, 2003
595 points
Sep 30, 2011
Kevin is gonna whoop this thing the same way he whoops us old dudes on approaches.

Does this look like a guy that can be slowed down?
Jason Killgore
From boulder, co
Joined Sep 18, 2008
178 points
Sep 30, 2011
Stay strong Kevin!! Bawls E. Climber
Joined Apr 17, 2009
35 points
Sep 30, 2011
In the sea of Cortez - Baja California, Mexico
Great photo 2 above me! Best vibes to one of the more entertaining members of MP around!

-Adam
AJS
From Boulder, CO
Joined Mar 4, 2008
33 points
Sep 30, 2011
I mean seriously, if he can stay balanced above a marsh through the trees, how is cancer going to slow him down?

Kevin onsighting the "tree approach"
Kevin onsighting the "tree approach"
Doug Shepherd
Joined Oct 10, 2005
40 points
Sep 30, 2011
OMG, I winz!!!
Kevin's a great guy and partner. You're going to beat this buddy and then we'll climb more awesome ice! Chris Plesko
From Westminster, CO
Joined Oct 18, 2007
560 points
Oct 1, 2011
I don't know Kevin, but best of luck fighting it!
Here is an organization that you should check out. Lots of folks who have been through it and might have some insight, suggestions, etc..
firstdescents.org
Mark Hammond
From Eldorado Springs, CO
Joined Oct 17, 2006
250 points
Oct 2, 2011
OMG, I winz!!!
Bump. Let's make sure Kevin gets some mail okay? I know we all have tons of stories of overcoming adversity, sickness, injury whatever. Let's give Kevin some motivational reading and show him we all care. It will only take a few minutes out of your day to pop a card in the mail.

You got this Kevin!!!
Chris Plesko
From Westminster, CO
Joined Oct 18, 2007
560 points
Oct 4, 2011
Thanks for all the encouragement and positive energy. It's a big pill to swallow, but I'm taking it one day at a time and with as much discipline, strength, and courage as I can. I want to beat this cancer and return to climbing sooner rather than later.

All the support I've received has really opened my eyes to what a lucky person I am and I feel both humbled and fortunate to belong to such a great community.

Thanks again,

Kevin L.
Kevin Landolt
From Fort Collins, Wyoming
Joined Jun 1, 2009
642 points
Oct 4, 2011
pic taken in J-tree
Kevin,

I do not know you but it seems you have the right attitude in this situation and I wish you all the best for a speedy recovery.

Also I want to extend an invitation for when you are starting to climb again to come to Boulder and go climbing with me, I will be happy to offer a room in my basement and to be your rope-gun to the best of my ability.


take care.
Simone.

Hamlet73
From Boulder, CO
Joined Aug 30, 2007
243 points
Oct 4, 2011
Rrrrr
Be strong, Kev!

The C sux!!
Buff Johnson
Joined Dec 19, 2005
1,499 points
Oct 12, 2011
Leading at duncans
Stay strong Kevin. It was great to meet you. I was checking your tick list out and was stoked, Birds of Fire, etc. Hell Yeah! I would be so happy if I could climb that. Positive thoughts coming your way continuously. You'll be out "slogging in the Park" again soon! Spencer Dries
From Placitas,NM <-IL<-AK<-CO
Joined May 10, 2007
103 points
Oct 12, 2011
Hang in there Kevin! You're in our prayers. Benjamin Chapman
From Small Town, USA
Joined Jan 2, 2007
13,581 points
Oct 13, 2011
Kevin...sorry to hear about your diagnosis but it sounds like you've got the right attitude. Feeling lucky, blessed and fortunate are positive contributions to fighting disease. I was diagnosed with colon cancer 3 months ago and underwent successful surgery to remove the tumor 2 weeks after my diagnosis. I'm only 30. If I'd waited longer to get a colonoscopy who knows where I'd be! Fortunately strong bodies heal faster than weak ones, and strong minds can put shit like this behind and look to the future. I just cranked out a 25 mile day in the White Mountains of NH with about 15,000' of elevation (yes it's possible even on the east coast!)

threlkeldadventures.blogspot.c...

I don't know you, but I'm sure you have the strength, both physically and mentally to overcome this challenge and move on. Feel free to be in touch if you need any guidance...
Best,
Brian
Brian Threlkeld
From Portland, Maine
Joined Dec 3, 2010
1 points
Oct 13, 2011
A brilliant climb.
Kevin is a stand-up gentleman, a scholar, and a stellar climbing partner. We had a lark cruising up Birds of Fire this summer; the type of day that reinforces my psyche for climbing and life. Kevin stepped up and absolutely walked the crux pitch. The composure and calm he displayed that day impressed me and will serve him well here.

I join everybody else in wishing Kevin the absolute best in fighting this thing.

Looking forward to roping back up with you soon buddy...

-ct


Kevin hanging loose at the first belay.
Kevin hanging loose at the first belay.
Ol' Toby
From WA
Joined Dec 9, 2005
338 points
Mar 25, 2012
Wow, what a journey it has been these past seven months... After four rounds of high-dose chemotherapy, and just 45 days after receiving an allogenic stem-cell / bone-marrow transplant, I got back on the rock for the first time today. In doing so, I feel as though I've begun a new chapter in my life: life after cancer! Not really supposed to climb for the first 100 days post transplant, but hey - FUCK THAT SHIT. I can't even begin to describe how weak I feel, and I know it'll take me a long time to get back to routes like Birds of Fire, but I'll get there sooner rather than later.

Thanks for the kind words, encouragement, and support - Cheers,

Kevin L.




Savoring the first few seconds...



Feeling good.



Feeling really good.
Kevin Landolt
From Fort Collins, Wyoming
Joined Jun 1, 2009
642 points
Mar 25, 2012
Rrrrr
Bad Ass of the Year!! Buff Johnson
Joined Dec 19, 2005
1,499 points
Mar 25, 2012
Mt. Agassiz
Way to go, Kevin! Ryan Nevius
From The Range of Light
Joined Dec 29, 2010
782 points
Mar 25, 2012
Leading at duncans
Amazing! I'm very happy for you! Spencer Dries
From Placitas,NM <-IL<-AK<-CO
Joined May 10, 2007
103 points
Mar 25, 2012
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Pea...
Way to go Kevin! But am I mistaken, did you actually pull down in Red Rock Canyon Open Space? You must have run out of gas for the car and had no other viable options. Get thee to good rock ASAP. Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
1,532 points


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