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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.

Troy, MT
Mar 7, 2011 - 05:23pm PT
Seriously, I once read that the easiest cervical vertabrae to break (whatever the number- c4 I think) in a whiplash type mechanism for injury has an erection as a sympathetic reaction and that first responders will often reach in their crotch after checking vitals if the victim is unconscious, to see if they have a broken neck. Makes me wonder what they do to females.

This may be incorrect, but I am not making it up.
Reilly, somebody, correct me.
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Mar 7, 2011 - 05:27pm PT
OK, I'm not counting the blown out knee (ACL and MCL), though a broken femur would have been far preferable.

So, only two. The ring finger on my R. hand (football in 4th grade) and my right index finger (slipped with my finger through a fixed angle while bouldering below Lunch Ledge on the S. Face route).

Trad climber
State College, PA
Mar 7, 2011 - 09:10pm PT
before 2010, none

last year, 2 ribs, 2 ankle bones, and a finger (3 separate incidents)

can't wait to see what THIS year has in store...

Boulder climber
Mar 7, 2011 - 09:27pm PT
Mid-shaft compound radius and ulna.  Happened in the terrain park when...
Mid-shaft compound radius and ulna. Happened in the terrain park when I messed up a bio-5. Landed backwards and WAY over shot the landing. Set the bones back in the skin, kicked on my skis and went down. When I got to the ER, they told me they were go
Credit: steezy1

Mountain climber
Mar 7, 2011 - 09:38pm PT
Broken tibia, boot top fracture skiing, 6
Broken wrist, "snowboarding" on a skateboard deck, 13
Smashed big toe, dropped a parking block on it at work, toe bone was literally crushed, 17
Broken arm skateboarding for the first time in probably 5 years, 23
Unknown number of knee dislocations.

Damn', looks like I'm about due...

Apr 2, 2013 - 05:35pm PT
Year 2012 alone age 18
Right ankle 2 bones tibia and fibula crutches 5 months cast 11 months
Right wrist scaphoid
Left Wrist scaphoid
Left Ankle greenstick fibia and tibia
Neck 1 bone

Rough year

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Apr 2, 2013 - 05:38pm PT


Cosmic has my (and about three others beside me) quota filled for me ;)

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 2, 2013 - 06:07pm PT
Among others, the Tail bone stands out, so to speak.
That really hurt. Plus it was embarassing as all getout to walk around
with a foam donut.

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Apr 2, 2013 - 06:08pm PT
just my arm when I was 13

The Granite State.
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 2, 2013 - 06:18pm PT
No broken bones for the last couple of years.

Wow, I must be getting old.

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
Apr 2, 2013 - 06:35pm PT
Either I'm not playing hard enough or y'all are made of glass.

My only real break was the tip of a big toe, hurt it running barefoot on carpet. Ha!

I might have cracked my tailbone in 8th grade, never went to a doctor for it (did get bad arthritis through whole sacro-iliac region 15 years later). I might have broken a rib or two, but didn't go to the doc for that either. Noses don't count because that's cartilage.

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Apr 2, 2013 - 06:49pm PT
Broke a nail a few times. My shrink helped me get over it. Wasn't easy, though.

Trad climber
Apr 2, 2013 - 06:58pm PT

In some kind of order:

Broken arm at 12
2 fractured tibia-each leg at age 15 & 62

2 ribs

2 ankles-one each
fracture of bones over arch of foot ( navicular & cuneiform bones)at age 59.

Broken toes

One heel bone

At least 4 summers were spent in Cast-Crap

The Granite State.
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 2, 2013 - 07:00pm PT
Didn't you break your foot in the gym, you wuss?

Is that your only break?

I'm feeling all manly (and dumb), remembering my breaks and dislocations, and subsequent returns to either a hospital or home. Usually home, as I know how to chill after I've relocated my shoulder, re-set my nose, splinted a broken finger, air casted a broken foot, or just take the day off after I've rung my bell really good.

These days, I play it much safer, broken bones hurt.
the Fet

Apr 2, 2013 - 07:02pm PT
Age 16 broken foot and ankle dirt bikes colliding.
Age 43 broken ribs motorcycle crash.

Hmm, after many falls climbing and skiing it seems motorsickles are the only thing to break my bones.

I got away without stitches for 40 years (except for cutting my appendix out) and then needed them twice in one year.

Trad climber
fort garland, colo
Apr 2, 2013 - 07:06pm PT
9 out of ten toes,, but the left biggie got crushed so.. 4 fingers. left elbow..

The Doc said one time before ankle scope "when was the last time you fractured your ankle ?" Soccer

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Apr 2, 2013 - 07:09pm PT
I'll play

10 toes
1 foot
1 vertebrae
2 ribs
1 wrist
1 arm (ulna)
1 elbow (end of the ulna)
1 clavicle/collarbone

Miscellaneous include 6 concussions, broken nose, dislocated ribs, knee surgery, 3 electrocutions, 2 near drownings (had to be rescued), pec muscle almost torn in half, and 8 knocked out teeth (when I was little).

Lots of stuff hurts, growing old should be fun

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Apr 2, 2013 - 07:29pm PT
I'd say "too many" but that doesn't answer the question as phrased.

2 Cervicals (C-4 and C-5).

7 ribs, 2 breaks each, total of 14 fractures.

1 tibia

1 tooth

2 concussions.

1 ruptured quadriceps tendon.

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Apr 2, 2013 - 07:29pm PT
I forgot ;)

Broke my heel in a gym climbing

Broke my nose skiing (I kept skiing :)

Polish milicja (the police) broke my hand (just one small bone, no biggie)

My son broke my rib doing marshal arts on me (didn't bother with a doctor)

I consider myself extremly lucky excident wise :)

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Apr 2, 2013 - 07:31pm PT
Too many to count!

Trad climber
fort garland, colo
Apr 2, 2013 - 07:35pm PT
I almost forgot ribs-

2 on 40' fall during an f/a of Clean Sweep in NH.. swami belt


two miles from Eldorado
Apr 2, 2013 - 07:42pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#296949

Tib/fib, radius, ulna, scapula. Mangled my costal junction falling in a swami belt.

Jim Henson's Basement
Apr 2, 2013 - 07:52pm PT
I've been very lucky.. only one broken finger when I was 5 years old and 4 or 5 toes over the years.. all small ones. Broke a pinky toe just recently by kicking the bed post accidentally. What can I say? Being a total chicken with a strong sense of self preservation tends to keep you out of the ER;)

Don't get Cosmic started on his encyclopedia of en-mangle'ment. He's been stabbed and shot as well if I recall correctly.
mark miller

Social climber
Apr 2, 2013 - 08:50pm PT
To many to mention ( most from construction) almost everyone,hehehe. Regretfully it's true.
Right now I have a Broken bone in my hand and a pinched nerve in my shoulder from an episode with a former business partner and last week I tripped over a sleeping Dog and broke my toe on the cat stand. Nice purple crimson color I'll bet it would be a real treat in tight climbing shoes.
They all heal, but it sure slows you down with age and arthritis setting into broken twisted , set incorrectly or knott at all breaks. Be careful out there. You don't feel nearly as invincible at 50+ then you did at 20.

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Apr 2, 2013 - 08:54pm PT
Yeah you recall correctly, JTM.
The person that stabbed me didn't,live, to regret it tho.

It's dangerous living in Santa Monica!

Social climber
san joser
Apr 2, 2013 - 09:42pm PT
0-18 years old:

19-30 years old:
pinky finger
some little bone in the shoulder

31-40 years old:
none!!!!! I'm on a roll...

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Apr 2, 2013 - 09:54pm PT
Left Leg:
Big Toe

Right leg:
Ankle 3 times

Both Sides all but lowest one

Left arm:
All fingers except thumb

Right Arm:
First 3 fingers


Yes twice

But no worries, I'm good

looks easy from here

Ben Lomond, CA
Apr 2, 2013 - 10:08pm PT
Nose, twice. First time hit by a stick screwing around, second time hit by an elbow at a Rob Zombie concert. Other than that been lucky in all my escapades of idiocy (so far...)

The Granite State.
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 2, 2013 - 10:11pm PT
Sternum and tailbone have been the most annoying. They hurt for a while.

Trad climber
Nedsterdam CO
Apr 2, 2013 - 10:14pm PT
Easier to list bones I haven't broken:

Never done the femurs,humeri,or my pelvis.

Ribs are a bitch.

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Apr 2, 2013 - 11:01pm PT
Strickly climbing-acident-related breaks? Somwhere in the neighborhood of 15 or 16 -- all in my first 8 years of climbing. Oh, that learning curve...
Some Random Guy

In a chair, drinkin' a beer, watchin' the show
Apr 2, 2013 - 11:40pm PT
femur is the hardest bone in ur body to break. if u done that one u really must of done something messed up

me - none, let's keep it that way :)

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Apr 2, 2013 - 11:44pm PT
Since the last time I reported to this thread I broke a mess o' metatarsal in my now wider, left foot. All cocky fresh from one great spring in Moab/ Indian creek, I boneheadedly went free soloing in Vedauwoo with out reorienting to the totally disimilar gnarly cracks. 20' ground fall to cushy bed of Sherman granite, humbled my out look! Ice, , wrap ( thanks again for that beta Daphne!) &!ibuprofen steered me toward the better. But it took a big left shoe, and a mad spirit with fire in her eyes and lidocaine patches on my foot to have me heel toeing over my head ten days after impact.

I made it thirty three years with no broken bones but the last 23 yrs have been brutal! Guess we get old each in our own way, Brandon!

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 3, 2013 - 12:19am PT
One of these days I'll tell the story of the mayhem inficted on my fragile person by a very famous climber. Oh, yeah, he totally meant it. But I forgave him.

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Apr 3, 2013 - 12:40am PT
Bleh who cares.. bones heal.. it's the other stuff that really messes you up.

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Apr 3, 2013 - 12:46am PT
anybody had a broken boner?

anybody broke and thinking a boner would be nice?

what about sprained ankles and torn cartilege?

anybody broken into a house or been to a brokedown palace?



Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Apr 3, 2013 - 12:59am PT
Eesh. Long lists are going to be in this thread.

Been lucky that all my breaks have been hairlines, but:

Most of my toes (some twice) left heel, left ankle, nose twice, 5 ribs (2 twice), left clavicle, left wrist, left hand, couple fingers. More tears and joint damage then I care to list.

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Apr 3, 2013 - 05:00am PT
Just three (so far, and that I know of):

Chipped the tip off my big toe playing Ultimate.

Took a low-flying snowboarder to the face and busted up my skull where some teeth used to go. That took almost three years to repair!

And then there was this little mishap:
Credit: Willoughby

Some of these lists are ghastly. You people need to be more careful!

Trad climber
East Coast US
Apr 3, 2013 - 06:55am PT
Only my 'Greek' toe while surfing. Greek toe is when your toe next to the big toe is longer than the others; Sportiva climbing shoes fit my foot the best. Not everyone has this freakshow of a toe. I got mine caught under my foot when getting to my feet during a late takeoff in a heavy beachbreak.

Because the swell was so good, I taped it up and continued to surf. The toe bothered me for over a year.

Trad climber
Apr 3, 2013 - 10:06am PT
Plateau fracture of my left tibia, knocked a big piece off.
My problem is not bones but bad ligaments in my left knee.

Social climber
Apr 3, 2013 - 10:12am PT
51 years old and after 22 years of climbing, 15 years of skiing, 8 years of snow-boarding and 6 years of mountain-biking (including 2 years as a bicycle courier in Seattle):

Not one broken bone!

The clock is ticking...

Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Apr 3, 2013 - 10:39am PT
Bones are overrated.

Trad climber
Alta Loma, CA
Apr 3, 2013 - 10:44am PT
Thumb and my Nose.
rich sims

Social climber
Apr 3, 2013 - 11:19am PT
I was going to ask do we count all the pieces your skull ends up in?

Second week of eight grade only remember getting a math book and the rest is a black hole.
1/4" pieces at impact, 1/2" left side forehead , 1" cheek . That's what they say I was out cold for a while.
Woke up with the guy from the 60s movie (Last Man On Earth) hammering a wooden spike through my head. Well if felt like it anyway.
Broke both bone on my left arm same fall off the barn roof in the back yard.
So that's all I though about till I read the all yours and then remembered only climbing related one Cracked ribs roof fall with swami belt, ok it was more than one fall.
Broken nose twice hitting ladder coming up for air after jumping off roof into pool,14ish.
Face plant night riding 40s so much blood the lift op called the rescue crew, I took off and at my daughters insistence stopped at the emergency/ aid clinic at the resort.
Doctor said yep broken nose good thing you were wearing a helmet. I cleaned up best I could and we did some more runs.

Toes mostly a few over the years, only remember four at one time on the freeway. Guy in front I was passing did not see me on a motor cycle. I had the choice lay it down or into the construction area where they were adding lanes. Missed the rebar and concrete but not the orange cone that feels soft in your hand but not at 60 MPH. Wrapped the shifter around my toes.
Out of five kids I think I am the only one to break bones but not sure its something to brag about.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Apr 3, 2013 - 11:21am PT
Football injuries: Broken thumb, Blown out knee, concussion.
Basketball inj. Broken foot (streetball barefoot stoopid)
Climbing inj: Blown out knee (same one as above-crampon mistake)
Off White

Tenino, WA
Apr 3, 2013 - 11:43am PT
You mean like 10 days ago? Woof.

My count is trivial, a pinkie tip playing volleyball, a couple of toes, and probably my nose when BVB hit me in the face when he jumped back from some little rattlesnake that scared him.

Trad climber
4 Corners Area
Apr 3, 2013 - 12:03pm PT
How many bones have you broken?

Would that be my own, or someone elses???


Trad climber
Apr 3, 2013 - 01:04pm PT
It only happened once, but it happened big.

On June 23, 2007, I was hit on top of the head by a falling rock, knocked out and then went arse over teakettle down a talus slope, ending up in a face plant.

Fractures from top to bottom:

 bone over the eyebrow (frontal?)
 orbital floor (eggshell bone under the eyeball)
 the face bone (maxilla?)
 burst fracture of the C7
 hairline fractures in all the other C vertebrae
 crushed T5
 hairline fractures in all the other T vertebrae
 four ribs

The other non-fracture stuff: concussion, subdural hematoma, pneumothorax (that's a punctured lung), vitreous detachment in both eyes, tongue nearly bitten through, lip nearly bitten through, short-term nerve damage in face, permanent nerve damage in face, short-term loss of taste, teeth permanently out of alignment, worsened vision in left eye, nose hacked, and probably other things that don't come to mind. Some minor memory impairment and sleep problems. And because of the crushing of vertebrae I'm two inches shorter.

I wouldn't wish any of this on my worst enemy. It took three years to fully recover physically and five years mentally.

Here's an x-ray -- spot the crushed T5. The C7 looks much the same.
Crush T5 in the middle of the x-ray
Crush T5 in the middle of the x-ray
Credit: Hendo1
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