John Long decks at gym?


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Sport climber
Denver, CO
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 30, 2012 - 03:14pm PT
I just saw a post over on r/climbing that John Long decked and shattered his ankle at a gym last night. Anyone have anymore detail? The guy is a damn legend. I hope everything turns out ok.

Trad climber
San Diego
Nov 30, 2012 - 03:17pm PT
Wow, I hope that's not true. That's also not easy to do at a gym these days.

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 30, 2012 - 03:20pm PT
John Long please pick up any white courtesy telephone, John Long, WHITE COURTESY TELEPHONE, PLEASE!

Nov 30, 2012 - 03:22pm PT
John, hurt in a gym? That does not sound right.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 30, 2012 - 03:25pm PT
I could believe that John Long hurt a gym.

Boulder climber
member since 2002
Nov 30, 2012 - 03:29pm PT
John has been known to climb at Rockreation in WLA. Doesn't Fluoride work for them? Maybe she knows.

Boulder climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 03:35pm PT
It would appear that he did in fact injure himself at the Gym, he's resting at the moment and I'm sure he'll tell us all about it soon. . .df

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Nov 30, 2012 - 03:44pm PT
Ho Man!!...that blows. Here is hoping you heal up quick and well John.

It can happen to anyone

Feckin gyms.... great for developing strength/endurance but I still don't like em much.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 03:46pm PT
wow, that is some irony, I am sure John will write a great story about it!

Social climber
The home for...
Nov 30, 2012 - 03:46pm PT
Johns been known to show his bone now and then. Nothing wrong with that.

The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Nov 30, 2012 - 04:19pm PT
Jeezuz Crisis!
Waiting for confirmation of this unfortunate rumour before launching into blistering excoriation and offering heartfelt best wishes.

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Nov 30, 2012 - 04:23pm PT
Oh and if you screwed up John please let us know... we will enjoy mercilessly skewering our favorite resident LEGEND...

Hmm I'd hate to be the belayer if that is where the error occurred...

OOOOOOO mebbe the gear failed...cause you are so LARGO... and we can have an orgy of postmortem analysis....

and of course



Trad climber
Fresno CA
Nov 30, 2012 - 04:27pm PT
If John got hurt, doing it at the gym would be about right.

I just got off the DL after nine months. I fell off the top of the boulder at our climbing gym, When I think of some of the highball falls I took while bouldering in the ancient days before pads, I'm still amazed that the only time I hurt myself bouldering was falling less than eight feet, feet-first, onto pads.

If you really are hurt, Largo, best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.


Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Nov 30, 2012 - 04:31pm PT
OOOMan..... snapped it like a birdy leg...

Heal up John.

So sorry

The Granite State.
Nov 30, 2012 - 04:35pm PT
I'm sure he's out riding his uni one footed right now.

Heal up Well Largo.

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Nov 30, 2012 - 04:39pm PT
U gotta love the modern age, when your crunch at the local gym is all over the evening news....

Hope all is well Largo. As soon as possible at least. Yikes.

Ice climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 04:39pm PT
Jack severed his achilles tendon at the gym once years ago when a foothold spun....was up just one bolt, so fell hard and slammed his leg into the wall, and his achilles just rolled on up his leg! :-( Brutal and long recovery (I think it was 3 months non-weightbearing), but he recovered 100% in time.........
John, if this rumor is true, I hope you heal quickly!!

Mountain climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 04:39pm PT
baaaa, gym climbers...

hope you get well soon largo, tell someone to bring a laptop to the hospital bed so you can tell us the story
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Nov 30, 2012 - 04:50pm PT
There sure have been more accidents and bone-brakes at my local climbing gym than I've heard about at the Reed's Pinnacle Area. Just from watching the flashing lights in front of the place, I'd say there's been a broken femur, three fractured vertebrae, a broken ankle, and who knows what else due to either being dropped by a belayer or falling off a bouldering wall. Heck, I tore my rotator cuff and dislocated my arm there too.

Much safer outdoors than in the 'controlled' indoor environment.

Heal up quick, Largo!

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Nov 30, 2012 - 04:58pm PT
He's bound to wax philosophically about it once he's back on-line. The mind usually imposes on the body, sometimes it's the other way around. Gotta suck as subjective experiences goes.
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