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Done With Tobacco
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 7, 2011 - 12:02pm PT
Dunno if it's been asked, and yes, I realize it's a silly question.

To the best of my recollection, I'm at fifteen.

Concussions and ligament tears don't count, obviously. (though they are frequently more serious)
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Who'll stop the reign?
Mar 7, 2011 - 12:07pm PT
3 in the neck
3 in the ankles
1 in the wrist
1 in the lower leg

8 bones-a-breakin, 7 ligaments tearing, 6 ankle sprainings, 5 BIG OLE BRUISES!

4 self-impalings, 3 car wrecks, 2 f*#ked up knees

But I'm still here to torture all of you!

(I don't want to get to Nine!)

Wade Icey

Trad climber
Mar 7, 2011 - 12:08pm PT

Mar 7, 2011 - 12:21pm PT
Warriors share their battle wounds ........

Trad climber
Newark, DE
Mar 7, 2011 - 12:35pm PT
52.5 years old, 35 years climbing and caving, 8 years mountain biking, baseball from kindergarten through college, lots of volleyball and basketball.


I think I am very lucky.

Searches for a wood surface to knock on....


between the flat part and the blue wobbly thing
Mar 7, 2011 - 12:44pm PT
Only one. My mother did it.

Troy, MT
Mar 7, 2011 - 12:57pm PT
This is gonna look really bad in list form. Here goes.
In chronological order:
2 ribs (5 years old)
4 wrist (both bones, both wrists, at once-8 years old)
2 wrist (1 year later, both bones, right wrist -9years old)
3 left ankle, tib-fib and growth plate, 13 years old
2 right leg, football chop block 15 years old
2 right ankle, football, 16 years old
1 nose 17 years old
1 right hand boxer's break 18 years old
1 left ankle skatepark arcata, 19 years old
1 broken tooth, downhill mtnbike race, broken fullface helmet(do teeth count?) 19 years old

Non breaks...
4 loss of consciousness concussions, starting at five years old, out cold for a long time, big goose egg on my forehead and two blackeyes...had people separate me and my dad in the grocery store in Texas and ask me if he'd been beating me...penultimate concussion, 21 years old, resulting from a twelve foot drop on twenty feet of gap on my new downhill bike, the day I built it up. Hit the drop perfectly 4 times then I woke up in the hospital 4 hours later. Advanced life support, lacerated kidneys and liver, 8 stitches left side of left eye from broken pair of smiths in scalp, broken full face helmet, they would inject me with dye and x ray me until they saw that my internal bleeding stopped on it's own luckily. Some kids on their bikes found me convulsing unconscious and called the ambulance. I don't remember, but I guess I would strenuously try to avoid the ambulance ride to the hospital (due to the cost) then collapse unconscious, then they'd put me on a stretcher and start to load me, and I'd come to and try to get off the stretcher, then pass out again...
Got hit almost head on driving down 140 almost to Merced, past Planada. Woke up in a car with glass from the drivers side mirror stuck in my scalp from when it came through the drivers side window and knocked me out. My dad's supercharged bonneville was totalled, and it was a hit and run, which led the chp to surmise it was a drunk guy who hit me, woke up, and decided to go home before the cops got there. Left his running board though. I just remember oncoming headlights swerving hard at me about 40 or 50 feet away (we were both at highway speed) and I managed to get all but my left rear tire off the road before he hit me in the front quarter panel/driver's door...stumbled out to the road trying to wave down cars. Face covered in blood, holding my head with one hand, no-one would stop. Of course the car ended up in the orchard so the couldn't see it and I probably looked like a zombie...I keep the mirror as a momento. Has my hear and blood stuck in the broken glass. I was lucky.
Patella Femoral displacement, downhill bike locked leg hyperextension at about 30 mph. Gross. Had to wear a immobilizer for what seemed like forever. 23 years old.
Badly dislocated left shoulder. Out of place for three days. Skiing tele. Self rescue. 25 ish? Long story there. Super gnar, disgusting pain. Worse than all my breaks combined.
Bad hematoma. Mtn bike race, soil saloon in SF, crushing the entire field, on downstroke of pedal, hit the cut end of a log in the grass, catapulted me over the bars into a tree sideways. Puffed up like a baloon instantly. Like, cantaloup size. Rode to embarkadero bart, took bart to fruitvale, took the bus up the hill to my neighborhood, and laid down in my living room. Got the upstairs neighbors to drive me to Highland Hospital (sketchy) in Oakland, where they did a bunch of ultrasound, decided I wasn't bleeding internally (hard to diagnose since everything was purple and swollen, including my groin like 14 inches away.
1 month later after compression wrapping my torso. Almost healed. 27ish.

AC seperation, same shoulder. Riding my dirt jumper hardtail in Santa Cruz. 28 years old.

Since then, I'm happy to report, I've been largely injury free! almost got hit by a car in france today, but no big deal, no harm no foul.


philadelphia, pa
Mar 7, 2011 - 02:06pm PT
After that, Wildone, I don't think I'll bother with my list. Damn!

Troy, MT
Mar 7, 2011 - 02:11pm PT
That's not counting sprains. Or torn ligaments. MCL, LCL, meniscii.
I was just unlucky. And a little stupid. But I turned out just fine! And now, I'm so sick of the injury/healing/recovery process that I'm really, really careful. I think, and I don't want to jinx it, but I think I'm currently in my longest ever streak without an er visit since I was five!
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Mar 7, 2011 - 02:21pm PT
T12, tib-fib, 1978
T10, 1994 (on second pitch of the Nose; my partner was able to get me down)
right ring finger, 1997 (way up high on El Cap, my partner led the rest)

Done With Tobacco
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 7, 2011 - 02:30pm PT
That's not counting sprains. Or torn ligaments. MCL, LCL, meniscii.

Ditto. my list would more than double.

6 concussions, 8 ankle sprains, at least a hundred shoulder dislocations(pre and post surgery), three dislocated ribs.
Currently getting around w/o my right ACL and my left MCL.
Cartilidge doesn't count either, but I've broken my sternum and nose.

I had to think on it but my bone list is
2 broken tibs
4 broken ankles or upper foot bones(almost all from skateboarding)
6 broken ribs
2 broken tailbones
4 broken fingers
1 chipped tooth
A girl broke my heart once, too. :)

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 7, 2011 - 02:33pm PT
Two in left pinkie
one in right foot
one in right ankle

pretty sure the rib didn't break, so it doesn't count

Troy, MT
Mar 7, 2011 - 02:37pm PT
I had a friend do a pelvis on a 80 foot cliff drop on skis. That sh#t is GNAR. That, or a femur, is just sh#t I don't want to f*#k with. Not ever.

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Mar 7, 2011 - 03:26pm PT
A finger or two.

A nose when my ski exploded out of the binding about 1/3 of the way down Busy Gully @ Loveland Ski Area and the tip hit me square in the face (knocked me out for about a min. and left a pretty good red bullseye on the snow)....I was an instructor @ the time....embarassing.

15 yrs old (1969) I was wearing lace up boots (I think Trappers) in Marker Telemat bindings that I hadn't cleaned the snow off well enough. Going from pack into crud at Brekenridge I went right over the top and heard a horrendous "crack".

Clean break in fibula down low, tibia - clean break up high, then spiralling green stick down the middle and another at the bottom of that. Left a 3 in. by 1/2 in. piece floating with a compound @ the top. Bit the fingers off of the patrolmen's glove getting put in the litter.

Long trip to Lutheran Hospital in the back of my dad's camper where Steadman and Maryama set it. 4 weeks later x-rays showed it had set wrong and they had to rebreak and reset. I was in a full length, no walk cast, on crutches for 6 months! That leg is almost 2 inches shorter and I wear a lift in my left shoe to partially compensate. I've had back problems my whole life because of it and the scoliosis it caused.

Trad climber
the basement of Lou's Tavern
Mar 7, 2011 - 03:29pm PT
just one.


and it hurt.

Troy, MT
Mar 7, 2011 - 03:34pm PT
Is that the one where you get a boner as a sympathetic reaction? Or is that the c4?

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 7, 2011 - 03:40pm PT
Maybe a toe. Otherwise unbroken. Plenty of lacerations, burns, and a couple of bullet holes.

Mar 7, 2011 - 04:05pm PT
not much for me...

1 - hand (climbing related)
1 - foot - kicked a steel mailbox
1 - nose - car accident
3 - transverse process - car accident
2 - toe - stubbing incidents

1 - dislocated hip - car accident

Trad climber
the basement of Lou's Tavern
Mar 7, 2011 - 04:06pm PT
ha ha. no boner.

but the nerve damage did some things (intentionally vaugue) to me temporarily that were pretty interesting.

Trad climber
portland, or
Mar 7, 2011 - 04:14pm PT
Here's another one for Joe. Two broken bones, both at the same time, at the same place: the base of Beacon Rock, SE Corner route. back then ('81) it was rated 5.6!

Gearing up at the base, a rock came falling down with no warning, depsite climbers above. The rock hit my right hand, breaking the nervicular bone, then landed on top of my left ankle, breaking it. It's a good thing I wasn't leaning forward, otherwise I wouldn't be telling this story.

Also a good thing I was next to the rock, because the pain was so great I started to black out. Looking out to the south, over the Columbia River, I saw only one thing: gray. I did not pass out though. Glancing down at my hand, all I saw was a huge hunk of raw meat. I leaned back against the rock and waited, eventually getting my eyesight back to normal. My partner went running up to the Ranger Station at the State Park. Soon an ambulance pulled up, in the meadow below the rock and railroad tracks. The EMT's got my in a gurny and carried me down to the rig. Luckily it was Labor Day, and the lowlands were dry. X-rays at St. Joe's in Vancouver confirmed the diagnosis. Was in a soft cast for several weeks, and learned to write left-handed.

Since then small rocks have hit my head (with helmet on), but no more broken bones. I intend to keep it that way! To this day, my right thumb turns blue in cold weather, due to vascualr damage and scarring from that trauma. That's why I am a "fair weather" climber.
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