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Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 5, 2012 - 10:47am PT
Update on John???

Las Vegas,Nevada
Dec 5, 2012 - 05:28pm PT
They say you can't keep a good man down. Here's hoping for a full recovery!
dave yerian

Trad climber
the parking lot
Dec 7, 2012 - 08:42pm PT
Care about you, John. Let me know if I can help out at all.

Best Wishes, Dave Yerian

Trad climber
Dec 7, 2012 - 08:59pm PT
I'm late to the game, but of course do want to wish you the best in as easy and smooth a rehab as possible. Very glad that the injury, bad as it is, is not as bad as it could have been.


Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Dec 7, 2012 - 09:00pm PT
Heal up fast, JL. My best wishes are with you!

Social climber
Dec 8, 2012 - 02:07am PT
Thanks for all your stoke and inspiration John.
Heal swiftly,
Jebus H Bomz

Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Dec 8, 2012 - 07:28am PT
Yeah, Klaus, it ain't all universal healthcare and bergschrund in L.A., homie.

I racked up nearly 50k for trauma status and three days in the hospital with zero surgeries.

And that was without any bergschrund at all, duderhosen.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Dec 8, 2012 - 10:03am PT
Klaus you are pitiably misinformed about the cost of US health care. I had my right knee replaced and in so doing was in hospital for two nights (2.5 days). Nothing special happened other than the installation of a titanium-and-nylon prosthetic and the immediate activities in recovery. The total bill was $168,000. Johno's bill will be spectacular. It will be higher than mine by quite a bit and will come in, measurable in pounds of paper.

Social climber
Oxnard, CA
Dec 8, 2012 - 10:07am PT
Here's an account I found on the web of a similar climbing injury.

Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Dec 8, 2012 - 10:14am PT
Klaus works in the health care industry right? Those guys can never tell you what anything costs. You don't even know the ace bandage you're applying cost $40 right?

but then again, he's not known for his bedside manner unless he's getting in the bed too


Trad climber
Washington DC
Dec 8, 2012 - 10:22am PT
First time I met John was one night around 73 in camp 4. A group of us were messing around on some problems and John came up and challenged us to a tennis shoe bouldering contest, which he promptly won. Heal quick Largo.

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Dec 8, 2012 - 11:56am PT

Sheeit! Did they give you a guarantee?


Trad climber
Grand Junction
Dec 8, 2012 - 01:25pm PT
Would not downplay this injury. Based the pattern of the fixator in the photo and what appears to be a Wound VAC hose coming from the medial side of the distal third of the tibia I would suspect this is an open (IIIB) pilon fracture of the tibia. Don't believe Kelly Cordes had an open component but you may want to look at his blog for the long rode to recovery from this type of injury even when it was closed.
As a long time weekender who has read many of his books and stores I am wishing John the best in his recovery.

Social climber
state of Kumbaya...
Dec 8, 2012 - 01:30pm PT

"Sheeit! Did they give you a guarantee?"...

Probably not...

But I bet they'll give him the shaft...

Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 8, 2012 - 01:42pm PT
Of course they gave him a guarantee.

It was the "light speed" guarantee; in a single second he could be $168K poorer!
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Dec 8, 2012 - 01:49pm PT
Good luck and a speedy healing John !


Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Dec 8, 2012 - 02:32pm PT
Can I have your external fixators John. I'm making some wind chimes and need a few more to add to mine.

Heal quick bro!
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Dec 8, 2012 - 02:55pm PT
Didn't Kauk bust his tibia in a MC crash a while back and he's ok?

This summer, Ron told me his leg has never been the same since the crash. There's no such thing as an okay broken bone that you come back from 100%. Always something a little funky afterwards.

portland, Oregon
Dec 8, 2012 - 02:59pm PT
Could happen to anyone. Heal quick Largo!
Most health insurance policies have an "out of pocket" cap on payments. Somewhere in the $5000-10,000 range. This type of event, even to a master, is exactly why we need universal coverage. I almost started a health care rant, but this is not the time or place. Feel better John.

Dec 8, 2012 - 05:30pm PT
The early to mid 50s seems to be a perilous time for some climbers. I ripped my right biceps off the forearm at age 50 and was out for a year (gave up bouldering); Bachar, Whillans, Edlinger and others came to tragic ends, and D'Antonio suffered a heart attack. I'm sure there are other such stories. And now JL has come to grief. I hope his pain (physical and financial) is not too great. And, yes, someone please verify the validity of the fund raising site - I recently encountered the FBI-Moneypak virus, and, boy, did that announcement look official.

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