From Decatur, GA
Dec 6, 2011
I'm sad to report the passing of Jerry Dodgen yesterday. A fixture of southern climbing for many years, Jerry lost a long struggle with prostate cancer. He was 80 years old.
Jerry was a life-long athlete, having also been a gymnast and hang glider. He came to climbing fairly late in life, starting when he was 58. When I met him, he was in his 70s and leading 5.10 trad lines; as late as last winter, he was still making the long hike up to T-Wall, though he was no longer leading. He never gave up -- his last climbing trip was just three weeks ago.
Being a late-starting old geezer myself, Jerry was one of my early inspirations. I hope I can keep at it as long as he did. Rest in peace, JD.
PS -- Check out this profile of Jerry on John Gill's website.