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Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Sep 22, 2012 - 01:10am PT
Glad you are Ok, brush it off.

A long way from where I started
Sep 22, 2012 - 01:14am PT
Jon, Pete, Kate, Sonya....and those whose names I just didn't get - I owe you. Big time.

What you owe them is pretty simple. One day, you'll be in a position to help somebody who is in trouble, and you'll discharge your debt by helping.

No big deal. It's not like you did anything a thousand climbers haven't done before you, or that you willfully went ahead when you should have turned back. You tried to fulfill a dream, wound up in a nightmare, and some good folks brought you home. You'll do the same for someone, someday, and the balance of the universe will be restored.

Sep 22, 2012 - 01:25am PT
Was it tramadol?

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Sep 22, 2012 - 01:36am PT
Hey Travis;
Good talking to you today on the phone.
I am so relieved you are ALRIGHT!
I don't want to lose my good climbing partner.

Where would this place be without the...

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Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 22, 2012 - 01:49am PT
Thanks all. It was indeed tramadol, Mouse. That sh#t is in the trash and I'm on a normal painkiller now.
I know I will balance it out someday. That's how karma goes.
Look forward to seein ya Riley!

Trad climber
Sep 22, 2012 - 01:51am PT
wow, glad you're ok and there was a happy ending.

really scary to go down like that---

can the docs adjust yr meds?

Sep 22, 2012 - 01:52am PT
This was nothing.

You even walked over and climbed into the litter.

A little loopy at the point still, but ya managed.

Piece of cake thanks to the guys who took care of ya on the wall and Pete.

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Sep 22, 2012 - 02:04am PT
WOW dude!!! Glad you are O.K. You really going to be at the Facelift? Sure hope so. I would be great to meet up! All the best.

Big Wall climber
Sep 22, 2012 - 02:21am PT
hey travis, glad you came out ok and john was there to save you. nice to meet you by the bridge. you'll get back on the captain soon enough. steve

Trad climber
Sep 22, 2012 - 02:36am PT
wow man, i met you at the bridge just before you went up... could have happened to anyone... glad all is well!


Trad climber
Salt Lake City
Sep 22, 2012 - 07:03am PT
Dammmmnnn. Good on you for sharing your bad trip. SAR is the bomb. Get some sleep, eat sumpin, drink some water, reeelaaxx............You were in good stay with the rock gods. Glad you lived to write about it.

Sep 22, 2012 - 07:28am PT
Good report.

As a fellow SAR worker...

It would appear you've paid it forward, stockpiled some positive karma. No shame in tapping into that stash once in a while.

Glad you're whole (the aviation thread needs you!), and TFPU.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Sep 22, 2012 - 08:56am PT
Wow! That sounds epic. Great to hear how everyone helped. Never heard of an ambulance taking someone from the hospital to the Valley.
You have excellent karma. Lots of good folks out there.
See you in yellow pines,

Social climber
Sep 22, 2012 - 08:57am PT
Glad you are OK, Travis! Sounds like you had some great people helping you! Skip and I will look for you at FL.

Jim Henson's Basement
Sep 22, 2012 - 09:18am PT
Wow. I'm so happy you are OK. It was a good thing you were jugging and didn't fall. Quite an epic to report.

Good to know about the Tramadol. It has been an incredibly beneficial drug for me personally (arthritis in my feet) but I take it infrequently. It's clearly not for everyone.

Trad climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 22, 2012 - 09:33am PT
Glad you're alright man.

On the Prow, my 1st wall in yosemite, my partner took a winger and busted his ankle and foot pretty bad. We had to bail from Tapir ledge, and I had to carry all the heavy stuff as well as direct the descent.

My partner was crushed in the full sense of the word. All I could do was offer consolation, and say I wouldn't go on trips like this if I were afraid of what might happen.

When sh#t goes bad it doesn't care where you are or what your dreams may be. Just pick yourself up, and realize you'll be back for more!

Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Sep 22, 2012 - 09:48am PT
Yeah hanging on a rope in the air is probably a pretty safe place to have a seizure, just imagine if you were behind the wheel. I am terrified of medical problems and the fact I'd had a seizure would scare me a lot more than the near accident on the wall. I have a low threshhold for fainting from medical information - if I give blood, I can't look, I might fall right on the floor. Once I was standing in a parking lot talking to a co-worker about our boss who had Hotchkins. He was describing how they had to take biopsies from tissues all over his body. It was lunchtime and I never ate breakfast so it was about 19 hours since I'd last eaten, also about 90 degrees. Whatever the factors, I fainted right in the middle of the story about the biopsies and came back with my face on the pavement and blood all over my face. The ambulance came and all these people came out to see what was going on, including the client we had just visited. Then I undergo a battery of tests, including the epilepsy test where they connect wires all over your head and make you stare into a strobe light, after being sleep deprived a full night. Well, there is nothing wrong with me at all, but I do avoid hospitals and don't want to hear anyone's surgery story.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Sep 22, 2012 - 09:57am PT
Glad yer alright,
major props to YoSAR and those who assisted!
Like others have said, being SAR yourself you will pay it forward.
Get back up on the horse,

Trad climber
Sep 22, 2012 - 10:26am PT
Glad you are ok.


Sep 22, 2012 - 10:52am PT
Kate and I were happy to help you and are just glad that you are okay. I look forward to seeing you and your fiance' at Facelift!

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