Thank you for letting me know.
To my knowledge I never met John but I would like to share how I believe I was influenced by him.
I first heard of the climbing in the Red around 94 and didn't know any better than to drive the Interstates up from central Carolina then, about 1am, hitting the country roads, winding down through Frenchburg and dropping out disoriented and exhausted about 3am.
The only guidebook I was aware of was the pamphlet, amazing as it was, from Porter and Chris. Pocket Wall was the golden prize, with limited options for noobs, but there was 'To Defy' and, Roadside. The idea that there were such incredibly cool people providing such an amazing experience, free, remains a guiding principle in how I'd like to think of life. I watched over the years as the coalition, personalities, and attitudes changed, even as Roadside closed, but the ideas of caretaking, access, and generosity persisted.
Long live John.
training is for people who care, i have a job.