How many bones have you broken?


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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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