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rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Dec 2, 2012 - 10:47pm PT
Do we all want the best for ourselves? If we do we might consider the possibility older bone breaks easily. And once broken they heal less and less perfectly. Listen to Darwin.

Being, as some of us are, past the age of reproduction (which is to say, given recent research, that reproduction may be possible but not advisable), we are also out of the range of natural selection. Those of us who have been fertile have already set our progeny in motion, hence our contribution to the survival or elimination of the species has already been made.

Our communal propensity to shred tendons, bones, and soft tissue, presently so ably represented by our friend Largo (may he recover fully and quickly), suggests we may have done the species little good, although we can always hope the genes that continually land us in the operating room have either not been passed on or else have mutated into something more socially and societally beneficial and less suited to depleting the remaining tatters of the medicaid budget.

All this means that we and our brittling bones are free from future Darwinian constraints, and can replace the potentially consequential reckless abandon of our youthful adventures with the inconsequential reckless abandon of old age, realizing, of course, that diminished capacities will challenge us to extract catastrophes from ever more mundane circumstances.

And so I say, pay Darwin no heed. Ex (cough, cough) celsior!
Dick Erb

climber
June Lake, CA
Dec 2, 2012 - 11:01pm PT
Hey John, hang in there. You've got a long road ahead. I've been on it over nine months now. It's not all bad and it gets better.

Thank you so much for all the inspired writing you have done. Even as you lie there doped up in bed you are inspiring people. Here's a paragraph of yours I love.
I first went to Yosemite Valley when I was seventeen years old, and continued to spend every summer there until I was twenty-five. The first thing I remember of the place was the Camp 4 parking lot, an oily acre crammed with the proudest medley of rust buckets imaginable. Among the really prime rigs was an ancient British step van that must have been parked on the street during the blitzkrieg; an old, dented, salt-pocked Cadillac, now a convertible thanks to a cutting torch; and a red VW van, broadsided, t-boned, rear- ended, and rolled, not a window in it, vice grips where the steering wheel should have been. Few of these ran without priming and a push start. There wasn't a treaded tire in the whole lot, and a live battery got passed back and forth like a gold brick. The license plates were from Canada, Colorado, California, New York -- most of these junkers having been babied down the road with little chance of ever reaching Yosemite, and no chance of ever leaving it.
ionlyski

Trad climber
Kalispell, Montana
Dec 2, 2012 - 11:11pm PT
John,
Did you not use at least three equalized and bomber pieces? A couple of extra SLCD's or nuts just may have been prudent, yeah?

Heal up friend and use it to get real fit; take it to a new level and give us a real comeback!

Arne
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 3, 2012 - 01:19am PT
Ding ? I think WB is older then you. Snicker.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Dec 3, 2012 - 11:29am PT
Heal it up right John.
locker

Social climber
D#@&%ebag Central
Dec 3, 2012 - 11:30am PT

I actually advise to heal it up left...

CalicoJack

climber
CA
Dec 3, 2012 - 12:39pm PT
Best wishes from one of the many who have never met you, but have benefited greatly from your words. Hope the path to a full recovery is fast!

Andy
Brunosafari

Boulder climber
OR
Dec 3, 2012 - 01:15pm PT
John, Ouch sympathies go to you reluctantly as it seems unbelievable what happened. Did the spotters fan out as usual? Pathetic! Nevertheless, this convalescence period will be a good time to practice your knots.
What is with all the demands for new copy but no mention of bucks? Don't waste your time writing. Your fans are never satisfied. And what would you write, "Diary of a mad Unicyclist?" "Will loan you a metolius hangboard that could mount over your bed. ooops you already have one! December=training! Speaking of training, I'd like to invite all the staff nurses to room Largo for a pajama party. Turn up the music and Heal Well, Friend! - Bruce
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Dec 3, 2012 - 01:44pm PT
Hey Largo I know I don't need to tell you but PT is everything when it comes to recovery. It took me many years to get my ankle strong again after a triple-break back in the mid-2000s. I did not rigorously follow my PT and I paid for it... in time shares.

Recover well.

DMT
stich

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Dec 3, 2012 - 03:25pm PT
Oh, this is a tib-fib break? I did that when I was a kid jumping off a fence. They even gave me a walking cast without crutches. I'll bet you didn't scream out like a nancy when you put weight on it and you buckled to the ground like I did! I think I was 11.

Cosmic, that first How To Climb cover was the best. It still makes me laugh until my stomach hurts, and lately I've been needing some of that!

Heal up of course and keep from being bored during that time!
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Dec 3, 2012 - 04:16pm PT
Stich;
I heard Largo is putting a Briggs and Stratton engine on his Unicycle
so He can ride it while in his Body Cast!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 3, 2012 - 04:17pm PT
So for the time being he'll be a uniped on a unicycle?
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Dec 3, 2012 - 04:18pm PT
^^^^^^^

OMG that thing would spin like a top...

rofl



Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Dec 3, 2012 - 04:32pm PT
What's unique to this thread, unlike a million other accident threads of ST, is that we have no real information on what happened so we can't go on saying what should have happened in hindsight, and blame various acts or people for the incident, only to be found wrong when the actual details some out.

Very sly, having this all so secret. I mean gyms are supposed to be idiot proof, but since we're confident Largo is not an Idiot, apparently the safety measure weren't designed to protect him

;-)

karl
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Dec 3, 2012 - 05:42pm PT
He outsmarted the safety measures.
cintune

climber
The Utility Muffin Research Kitchen
Dec 3, 2012 - 06:01pm PT
It was the rugosity. They'll get ya every time.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Dec 3, 2012 - 06:07pm PT
What's unique to this thread, unlike a million other accident threads of ST, is that we have no real information on what happened so we can't go on saying what should have happened in hindsight, and blame various acts or people for the incident, only to be found wrong when the actual details some out.

Very sly, having this all so secret. I mean gyms are supposed to be idiot proof, but since we're confident Largo is not an Idiot, apparently the safety measure weren't designed to protect him

;-)

karl


I actually like it that way ;). The upshot is he got hurt. I don't really care about the accident report unless it's some kind of novel way to go about hurting yourself. I know we always need to know to protect others, yadda yadda yadda, but sometimes that info is just used to decide whether or not we should feel sorry and learn, or call somebody a gumbie.
Gene

climber
Dec 3, 2012 - 06:28pm PT
The old honed Stonemaster John Largo
Slipped on plastic but didnít very far go
Whilst pulling a wafer so mightily
with foot splayed wide on a rugosity
Ho Man! Does that ever hurt so.

locker

Social climber
D#@&%ebag Central
Dec 3, 2012 - 06:31pm PT

The details could derail the fun...

Maybe it's better not knowing...

LOL!!!...

MH2

climber
Dec 3, 2012 - 08:02pm PT
Good advice:



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