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By olddog
Sep 30, 2011
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.

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By k. riemondy
From Boulder, Co
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!

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By KDog
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!!!

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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Sep 30, 2011
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Peak.
Definitely sending good vibes to Kevin.

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By rob rebel
From Denver, co
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!

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By Kevin Craig
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!

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By Hank Caylor
Administrator
From Golden, CO
Sep 30, 2011
Yoda
C'mon Kevin! You can do this!!

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By Jason Killgore
From boulder, co
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?

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By Bawls E. Climber
Sep 30, 2011
Stay strong Kevin!!

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By AJS
From Boulder, CO
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

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By Doug Shepherd
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"

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By Chris Plesko
From Westminster, CO
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!

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By Mark Hammond
From Eldorado Springs, CO
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

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By Chris Plesko
From Westminster, CO
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!!!

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By Kevin Landolt
From Fort Collins, Wyoming
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.

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By Hamlet73
From Boulder, CO
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.


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By Buff Johnson
Oct 4, 2011
smiley face
Be strong, Kev!

The C sux!!

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By Spencer Dries
From North Chicago, IL
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!

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By Benjamin Chapman
From Small Town, USA
Oct 12, 2011
old 1/4" bolt.
Hang in there Kevin! You're in our prayers.

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By Brian Threlkeld
From Portland, Maine
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

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By Ol' Toby
From WA
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.

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By Kevin Landolt
From Fort Collins, Wyoming
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.

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By Buff Johnson
Mar 25, 2012
smiley face
Bad Ass of the Year!!

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By Ryan Nevius
From The Range of Light
Mar 25, 2012
Mt. Agassiz
Way to go, Kevin!

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By Spencer Dries
From North Chicago, IL
Mar 25, 2012
Leading at duncans
Amazing! I'm very happy for you!

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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Mar 25, 2012
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Peak.
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.

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