Ryan Johnson Closure & Milo Fund

$63,750 of $65,000 goal

Raised by 783 people in 6 months
Created March 12, 2018
World class alpinists and wonderful human beings Ryan Johnson (Juneau, Alaska) and Marc Andre LeClerc (Squamish, BC) went missing after climbing a cutting edge new route on the North Face of Main Tower in the Mendenhall Towers. They were determined overdue Wednesday March 7th. There was been an active search effort going since Thursday March 8th. As of Tuesday March 13th SAR and climber/alpinist and family efforts have determined that Ryan and Marc are no longer with us. 

Marc's family has developed a GoFundMe to assist with the search and getting Canada based friends and family to Juneau to be together at this difficult time.


The Ryan and Milo GoFundMe was originally developed to support: (1) Getting other alpinists with experience in the Mendenhalls up to assist with potential ground search, (2) Assist with defraying costs of privately funded heli hours for search, (3) Assist with Care/Life/College fund for Ryan's 2.5 year old son Milo in a worst case scenario.

As of Tuesday March 13th, this GoFundMe was updated to reflect the loss of Ryan and Marc, with priorities reflecting the original intention of the Ryan and Milo campaign in worst case scenario.

Ryan was as equally passionate about family and fatherhood as he was about alpinism.

Funds from this campaign will now go to: (1) Assist family and friends with closure and costs related to Ryan's passing, (2) Assist with Care/Life/College fund for Ryan's 2.5 year old son Milo who will be missing his father and father's emotional and financial support intensely.

Thank you for helping in whatever way you can. Your caring and contributions will truly make a difference in this difficult time.

Thanks again for your support and encouragement.

Samuel H Johnson - Seward, Alaska

A Friend and Alpine Climbing Partner of Ryan Johnson

These funds will go to support costs related to closure for the family (service/funeral) and to a financial trust to be used for costs related care and education of Milo, Ryan's 2.5 year old son in the absence of financial support from his father Ryan.

The administration of this campaign will be transferred to Ruth Johnson, Milo's grandmother who is working with attorneys and an investor to establish funds for Milo's care.

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New Information: Closure of the Ryan Johnson and Milo fund has been postponed until the end of September due to a possible auction in Juneau to benefit the fund.
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Hey All!

Thank you everyone for your generous donations. Just providing a heads up here that as the fund has very much slowed down, We will end the campaign on August 1st.

In other news, Pete Tapley and I transferred the American Alpine Club (AAC) grant Ryan and I had won for an April Hayes Range trip so that we could go attempt the route that Ryan and I had planned on. The trip didn't work out due to weather and 8 days festering in Talkeetna waiting to fly in, but we are thankful for the AAC's flexibility in supporting us while we tried to live the dream and put in another attempt at a line Ryan and I had attempted back in 2013.

The Spring has been very difficult, and my love for the mountains and going big in the alpine has wavered in the wake of the boys' disappearance in March. A small silver lining is that we didn't use all of our expedition funds, and thanks to the AAC's generosity Pete and I would like to donate the remainder to the Ryan and Milo fund.

Best wishes, please share with your friends if anyone would like to make a final donation before the campaign is closed August 1st.
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Hey Gang!

We're doing so well we decided it could make sense to bump up our goal one more time to 65k. Thanks so much for everyone's support, it will be instrumental in this time of need.
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Hi All! Thanks to everyone for their generous donations and encouragement. As we near our final goal of 60, 000 for the Milo fund, please consider sharing with friends. Every dollar will help with closure costs for the family, and help Milo in the absence of his loving father's financial support.

All the best, and thanks again!

Samuel Johnson, Ryan's friend and climbing partner.
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Raised by 783 people in 6 months
Created March 12, 2018
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