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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!
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