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Apr 12, 2007
Condolences to Mike's family. You will be missed. Rest in peace friend. john campbell
Joined Mar 25, 2005
40 points
Apr 14, 2007
I am deeply saddened by the news of Mike's death. I am a friend from Minneapolis where Mike has many friends that share the same feelings about him as are expressed above. I most remember his stories and his incredible woodworking abilities. I live near his shop, and I fondly remember the many times he generously shared his equipment and his expertise. He had a heart as big as the sky and he always believed in the good in the hearts of others. I'll never forget his way of telling a story, his distinctive voice that got so excited when he had something to tell you, and his genuine interest in my experiences. He was a very cool guy and we have missed him around here since he moved away. Mike lived his life in a way that makes his memory one that is full of joy and integrity that his family and friends will be proud of and will always cherish.

So long friend.
Jon Peterson
Joined Apr 14, 2007
0 points
Apr 15, 2007
I am another old friend who first met Mike many years ago in Minneapolis. It is hard to believe he is gone from this world. He will be very much missed. Just a few weeks ago I installed in my house a new mantle made by Mike from a beautiful piece of solid cherry that he had transformed into the mantle I needed for my living room. When the mantel arrived, it was so perfectly smooth that I asked him to describe for me how he had made it so. He sent me this wonderful email describing in detail just how he had made it.

Here's a quote from the letter, which feels like the Mike I knew, through and through:

"The key to the real "silky" feel, is that I apply the finish with OOOO steel wool. As I apply the finish, I am effectively sanding the wood even finer and working up a kind of "slurry" comprised of the finish and the wood dust from the steel wool. Once I have gone over the entire piece with the steel wool, I wipe it all down with a soft rag. Initially, I wipe across grain so that I'm packing the grain full of the slurry that I have generated. I go through this process 3-4 times until I'm satisfied with the "feel" of the piece.

Of course you could tell your guests that the finish is my trade secret that I found in a ancient book of monks writings that I bought at a street market in Prague."

He loved what he did, whether that was climbing or woodworking, or simply being the good friend he was to all of us. Over the last few days, since I've known that death was near for him, and now, as I read all your comments and know unequivocally that he is gone from this physical form, I'm reminded of a poem by Jellaludin Rumi. It goes like this:

On the day I die, when I'm being carried toward the grave,
don't weep. Don't think that I'm gone
Death has nothing to do with going away.

The sun sets and the moon sets, but they're not gone.
Death is a coming together.

The tomb looks like a prison, but it's really release
into Union.

The human seed goes down in the ground
like a bucket into the well.
It grows and comes up full of some unimagined beauty.

Your mouth closes here
and immediately opens
with a shout of joy

Travel well, Mike. You will live in our hearts forever.

With great love,
Sarah Susanka
Joined Apr 15, 2007
0 points
Apr 15, 2007
I've appreciated reading all these thoughts and wishes about Mike and my heart goes out to his family and friends in this hard time.

While I haven't seen him in several years, I was happy to hear that he'd found joy in climbing rocks in his new home in the Southwest.

I won't forget Mike's gentle way of teasing me back when we were in college. At that time, he was my roommate's boyfriend and he always, without fail, invited me along to whatever the two of them were doing, whether it be a movie or a play or a dinner they made together to share in our small kitchen. My roommate and I were both student teaching at the time and we had very little free time; consequently, on most weekends, after I graded papers and prepared lessons and then went to my other job of teaching swimming lessons, I wasn't too big on going out. Mike teased me sweetly, calling me the hibernating bear; yet, he did it with such grace and with such a light touch that I knew he wasn't hassling me. Instead, he was noticing me, appreciating me and my idiosyncratic ways, and including me in what might have been an awkward "three is a crowd" context had it not been for his ease in making his presence in my apartment feel comfortable and free of tension. This may seem like a silly memory of someone much larger, more full of life; yet, his goofy good cheer in that long cold winter of student teaching made it all the easier to bear.

To all who knew him in recent years and in the context of climbing and following his dreams, I know you also hold dear similar memories of his humor and light touch.

To Mike, your family, friends, and those you love, I offer prayers.
Joined Apr 15, 2007
0 points
Apr 15, 2007
Condolences to friends and family. John J. Glime
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined Aug 28, 2002
1,045 points
Apr 16, 2007
My condolence also to Mike's passing. Buff Johnson
Joined Dec 19, 2005
545 points
Apr 16, 2007
I am very moved by the many nice condolences posted herein. Mike was very lucky to have known so many wonderful people. My thoughts are with his family (even though I never knew mike).

I too, however, would like to know the specifics of how it happened. Can anyone share with us this info so that we may all learn from this horrible accident?

David Arthur Sampson
Joined Sep 18, 2006
835 points
Apr 16, 2007
I'm another friend of Mike's from Minneapolis. It's hard to imagine Mike not being with us anymore, at least not in a physical sense.

Once a week up in his shop, for 5 or 6 years, three of us built boats; and later, for another couple of years, Mike and I built guitars there. Well, we would sit in the "office" and talk for the most part, and then get Gyros at the Greek restaurant down the street. We made a lot of sketches, discussed a lot of ideas. Eventually we did produce some glorious boats and guitars. Though the woodworking was great, even more than that, I will keep with me the camaraderie we shared in that third floor warehouse space throughout those years.

Mike was really in his element there. I saw a lot of things in Mike in that setting. He was extremely generous of course, as others have said, knowledgeable and creative. To me though, the thing that set him apart, and that I admired greatly was his resoluteness and his passion to do whatever task that he’d set for himself well. If he wanted to know something or do something, there wasn’t much that would keep him from it. When he wanted to know how to brace the top for a guitar, he'd call the foremost luthiers. When he wanted to have someone try his guitar, he'd call on the world renowned guitarists. When he decided to learn the piano, he did. When he decided to climb, he did that too.

I'll miss Mike, and I’ll always carry the memories from those years.

Jim Larkin
Joined Apr 16, 2007
0 points
Apr 18, 2007
R.I.P Mike

The soul of a man is immortal and imperishable.
RedRockRat Stoldal
Joined Dec 15, 2006
105 points
Apr 18, 2007
I knew Todd Lane when I lived in Vegas, and when I moved to DC, I would often fly back to Vegas with about 20 of my climbing buddies to visit Todd and climb at Red Rocks. And it was on these trips that I got to know Mike McGlynn.

The thing I loved about Mike was that he was always willing to lend a hand, teach, show and encourage. It didn't matter if you were an experienced leader or it was your first time at the crag, he always took the time to make sure you were being safe and enjoying yourself. I remember him helping out a few of my friends who had just started lead climbing, and teaching a few of them how to clean the route. He was a great teacher and a great person to be around.

I've always looked forward to going out to Red Rocks not only for the climbing, but also for the company. Those trips won't be the same without Mike. From a group of climbers in DC, you will be missed.
Terence Kudo
From Kathleen, GA
Joined Apr 18, 2007
0 points
Apr 18, 2007
What a horrible loss! I am dredging through tears for those who have lost so special a soul. phil broscovak

Gigette keep on keepin' on just talk when you need to!
phil broscovak
Joined Apr 27, 2002
1,268 points
Apr 19, 2007
Last November three of us drove from LA to Vegas to meet up with a climbing friend who moved to Washington DC. Some of our friend's new East Coast climbing friends know Todd and Mike. The point is that Mike had never met us until that day, we were just friends of friends of friends, but after a long day of climbing Mike wouldn't let us pitch our tents outside of Red Rocks. He told us we should come to his house and spend the night there because we would be more comfortable. Climbers tend to be pretty cool folks, but this level of hospitality was unexpected. That night he showed us his guitars, and shared with us some of the fabrication process. His guitars are a work of art. Thanks to him we were able to get cleaned up and dozed off very comfortably in beds thinking about how it would suck to be out in a wind-whipped tent right about then.

The loss of such a generous kind man is a tragic loss to everyone. My condolences to his family.

Joined Apr 19, 2007
0 points
Apr 19, 2007
I was one of those people from LA. I only knew Mike for a short while but he was one of the nicest people I've met. With out a second thought Mike took three people that he had just met climbing into his home so that we didn't have to fight the winds and the cold that night.
He was a kind and generous person that will be greatly missed throughout the climbing community.
Steve Cacace
Joined Apr 19, 2007
10 points
Apr 19, 2007
I knew him from two short trips to Red Rocks in 05 and 06 when our group met up with Todd and Mike. They were short encounters, the kind you often have on climbing trips where you share a belay or beta or praise for a nice move, but they stand out vividly in my mind because he was such a genuinely nice guy, so upbeat and excited about climbing. My sympathy goes to his family and close friends.

Reed B
Joined Apr 19, 2007
0 points
Apr 19, 2007
Mike's Minneapolis woodworking shop was bigger than he needed for just him and his business, so he filled the space with interesting side projects and with friends. In the fall, winter, and spring, Mike's buddies made regular habit of joining him in various after hours projects that were invariably sidetracked by thoughtful discussions and laughter. When summer rolled around, outside activities took precedent, and the shop wasn't visited quite as often. However in late July, all of Mike's friends would return for his infamous rooftop Aquatennial fireworks party.

One of my favorite memories was of the 14 foot Peapod being birthed lengthwise out the third floor shop window and being lowered to the street. From below, it was an awesome sight. It was one of those great days when theory and planning were put to practice, the boat emerged unscathed, and her handlers were left smiling. As many of you would guess, much credit was due to Mike's guidance.

I'm largely repeating what's been said by others, but it's all true and it all bears repeating. Mike will be missed. So long, buddy.

photos by Jim Larkin
Ron Cooper
Joined Apr 19, 2007
0 points
Apr 19, 2007
phil broscovak wrote:
Gigette keep on keepin' on just talk when you need to!

Yea Gig, best wishes from a S.Platte pirate.
Buff Johnson
Joined Dec 19, 2005
545 points
Apr 19, 2007
wow....very sad.

Much love to family and friends in this time of great loss. Mike seemed like a great guy.

Joined Feb 10, 2006
210 points
Apr 19, 2007
deepest respect and condolences to Mike's family and friends kirra
Joined Feb 1, 2006
345 points
May 3, 2007
To all who attended Mike's memorial service, thank you. I know it had a huge, positive impact on his family. They were so happy to see how many friends Mike had here in LV. For those of you who couldn't make it, thank you for your thoughts and e-mails. Todd Lane
From LV, NV
Joined Sep 14, 2006
255 points
May 3, 2007
Sad. . . . It just occurred to me (after I finally looked him up) that Mike was one of the (very) few people whom I've had an interesting exchange with on this site (I don't mean this the wrong way, it'd be sad regardless).

My condolences. . . .
Seemed like a thoughtful and curious man who was truly interested and fascinated with life.

Best of Regards -
Joined Nov 8, 2004
130 points

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