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NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 23, 2014 - 05:56pm PT
First of all, I didn't get any infections from Century Lake at Malibu Creek. So I decided to up the ante with a swim with the kids near LAX, where jettisoned fuel and the effluent of all LA basin toilets are excreted to the ocean. I even skipped bathing for a few days after that, still no infections. Well, I did start to feel an ear ache while driving up to Courtright Reservoir last night.

But really nothing was up, so I had to up the ante again. Picture it: after midnight, kids sleeping in the car, I found the perfect bivy spot and had the sleeping bags set up to maximize viewing of the Milky Way. Head back up the little dirt embankment sprinkled with granite boulders to get the kids, guide their sleepy bodies toward the spot, and BOOM!

A little sharp boulder started rolling down on me, and I jumped out of the way. But the darn thing has fangs! It bit in and held on as I jumped away, and it laid my calf open like a filet! Kids and I are standing there looking at this chunk of missing flesh, and then the blood spurted out... I beat a hasty retreat to the car first aid kit, used up half the gauze pads and rolls and clamped that dude shut tight. Got the kids to bed, slept myself, and long about lunchtime today I changed the bandages. It made me feel a little nauseous, and between that and the necrotic flesh and thoughts of waking up tonight with septic shock and no cell reception and 2 hours drive to civilization and 2 kids in my care... Well I wusses out and went to the doctor. So no climbing today.

But I do have some consolation pics:

Changing the field dressings:
Credit: NutAgain!
Credit: NutAgain!

Proper medical treatment:
Credit: NutAgain!
Credit: NutAgain!
Credit: NutAgain!

Seriously? That thing looks like a hairy rat! I've heard of having extra screws after am ikea furniture project, but you don't want parts left over after a routine emergency room visit.

I do have to say though, the Kaiser experience was about as awesome as I could expect from any medical facility. I was skeptical before having that insurance, but my experiences have all been positive.

Back to climbing... No reception up there, so will have to post climbing pics from the next few days after we get back. No swimming pics though, I have to keep this thing dry. Luckily the chunk of flesh died so there was nothing to stitch back together, no follow up stitch removal :)
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Jul 23, 2014 - 06:04pm PT
Dude - that's AWESOME - cast that thing in some acrylic and use it for a paperweight on your desk at work!

Better yet - post it on eBay as a piece of a real YETI!
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Jul 23, 2014 - 06:35pm PT
Gross! How bout a little warning guy!

Lol
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 27, 2014 - 09:00pm PT
Apologies for no warning on the gruesome stuff.

Actually turned out to be minimal climbing pics on this trip. Only 3rd class:
From the last parking area after the dam at Courtright
From the last parking area after the dam at Courtright
Credit: NutAgain!

Credit: NutAgain!

Credit: NutAgain!

Credit: NutAgain!

Credit: NutAgain!

Credit: NutAgain!

I didn't have pics of my son on the way up because he was up there before I got in picture range.

Credit: NutAgain!

Credit: NutAgain!

Great views up there:
So many good looking things to climb
So many good looking things to climb
Credit: NutAgain!

Credit: NutAgain!

Credit: NutAgain!
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Jul 27, 2014 - 09:43pm PT
blocky bouldering!
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Jul 28, 2014 - 12:01am PT
So sorry to read about and see your injury, Nut Again. I hope you heal quickly and can get back to one of my favorite climbing sites soon.

John
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2014 - 01:31am PT
Courtright Reservoir
Courtright Reservoir
Credit: NutAgain!

Alas doc said no swimming for me, so kids had to be the standard bearers.
Courtright
Courtright
Credit: NutAgain!

Lake Florence
Lake Florence
Credit: NutAgain!

Hooper Diversion at Jackass Meadow
Hooper Diversion at Jackass Meadow
Credit: NutAgain!

That last bit was a pretty sketchy crossing in a Prius, dodging submerged potholes with water above the bottom of the car in the best of cases. I'm starting to feel like a non-technical peak bagger on 5.8 terrain but with stark realization that hiking boots and backpack are insufficient equipment.

Impressionist art with iPhones, photo stitching, and unstill subjects
Impressionist art with iPhones, photo stitching, and unstill subjects
Credit: NutAgain!

Our campsite for the last night
Our campsite for the last night
Credit: NutAgain!


One cool thing about this trip- it marked a turning point in the kids' relationship with nature. They no longer feel the need to have walls between them and the night. They asked me each night to just lay on the tarp under the stars, no tent. Who am I to disagree?

The hook is setting deeper... The climbing can wait.
Bargainhunter

climber
Jul 28, 2014 - 02:05am PT
Loved the close up pic of the hairy rat!
moosedrool

climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jul 28, 2014 - 04:42am PT
Man, luckily no broken bones.

TFPU

Andrzej
anita514

Gym climber
Great White North
Jul 28, 2014 - 05:26am PT
gnarly skin flap!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Jul 28, 2014 - 06:56am PT
Nut,, i can mount that flap up for you- put it on a nice wall plaque of Walnut..
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Jul 28, 2014 - 08:02am PT
Whoa. That thing looked like a ROUS. Rodent of Unusual Size from The Princess Bride.

mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Jul 28, 2014 - 08:41am PT
i am excited to go to courtright this week, going to check out the new routes on the swiss cheese wall, glad there is still some water in the lake to swim in!!!
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Jul 28, 2014 - 11:45am PT
When I saw a photo of the wound I was expecting a more dramatic story. : ) Photos of the domes look much more pleasant! Glad you are ok.

HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Jul 28, 2014 - 11:49am PT
Aha oh my god dude. That avulsion. Man...
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2014 - 05:19pm PT
ROUS!!!!! Just shared that movie with the kids night before heading out, they loved it! "I am not left handed" "My way is not very sportsman like" "He's only MOSTLY dead" "To the pain!" I think that ROUS image is what seeded my imagination for seeing a rat in that lump of skin.




I wish I saved the chunk to put in acrylic. Awesome paperweight memento. Mounting would have been cool too, but frankly Ron's craftsmanship and the mounting itself would have outshown the little nugget.

I'm definitely inspired to get back to Courtright for some proper climbing. And on the ridgeline above Jackass Meadow and that fork of the San Joaquin River, there are awesome looking moderate adventures. I thought one of them was the Obelisk until I looked on a map. There is a wall like a mini Royal Arches around there too, just a little more bushy and probably loose. Maybe a family adventure next summer if we bone up on lead belaying and multi-pitch skills this year. Another (mostly) responsible adult would be sensible too.

It's odd what seemingly inconsequential things lead to injuries, while way gnarlier near-death experiences or close calls can leave no significant marks.
Rockin' Gal

Trad climber
Boulder
Jul 30, 2014 - 07:55pm PT
It's odd what seemingly inconsequential things lead to injuries, while way gnarlier near-death experiences or close calls can leave no significant marks.

True dat. We must be ever vigilant.
Footloose

Trad climber
Lake Tahoe
Jul 30, 2014 - 08:03pm PT
Very cool, Nutjob.
Please take good care of yourself, lol!

Who doesn't like that movie, one of my all-time favorites!!
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