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Gym climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 02:40pm PT

Another casualty of the woefully insufficient instruction gyms provide before letting climbers endanger themselves.
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Nov 30, 2012 - 02:42pm PT
It would be cool if James went to visit him in the hospital.

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Nov 30, 2012 - 02:43pm PT
Largo is doing well.

He says he'll NEVER climb in a GYM again!

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Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Nov 30, 2012 - 02:44pm PT
So was this a bouldering accident or roped gym climbing? Seems like it could be either, considering Marty Karabin broke his femur bouldering a while back.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Nov 30, 2012 - 02:45pm PT
Heal up fast! I knew real climbing could never take you down.

Nov 30, 2012 - 02:48pm PT
I gave up bouldering when I turned 50

Me too. It's the jumps and landings, even on mats, that are brutal after that age. (Yes, I know, there are always exceptions)

Sorry to hear of this, John. Heal up good . . .


Boulder climber
member since 2002
Nov 30, 2012 - 02:54pm PT
that's a bummer. heal up John.

Trad climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 03:02pm PT
Best wishes to you for a quick recovery, John!

Cosmic: I actually lived in a cast very similar to that one for four months. Badly broken femur. Sucked! (Nice photo manipulation, though...)
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Nov 30, 2012 - 03:04pm PT
He said he was pinching a puny wafer with maximum might when his foot, which was splayed out on a slanting rugosity, slipped.

Sounds like he was unroped, or he would have mentioned the part about the belayer failure. Hopefully it will heal completely - the older you get, the longer these injuries never go away ...

Also hope he got detailed pictures of the accident scene, as he taught us all to do. Especially the bone sticking out. At a minimum, we should get to see the stitches.
The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Nov 30, 2012 - 03:05pm PT
The Largor they are, the harder they fall.

Sorry to hear this, JL. Heal up fast.
Jebus H Bomz

Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Nov 30, 2012 - 03:22pm PT
Yikes. I hate reading the "accident analysis" so close to the incident like that which is illustrated in those linked comments.

I also hate seeing confirmation that accidents can (and do) happen to the best of us.

Like all here, I wish our verbose metaphysical pioneer and cuddliest stone master the speediest of recoveries. I was reading some Largo lore recently and I only wonder if he felt the fear running up and down his spine like jackals when this happened?

I'm sure there will also be a cute nurse or two around Largo can regale with larger than life tales ;).
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Nov 30, 2012 - 03:22pm PT
Hope your recovery is short and you heal up soon John.

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 30, 2012 - 03:29pm PT

Hey John, heal up fast.

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Nov 30, 2012 - 03:32pm PT
Ouch! Sorry t hear that JL. Honor the healing process and think pure thoughts.

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Nov 30, 2012 - 03:35pm PT
I'm sure there will also be a cute nurse or two around Largo can regale with larger than life tales ;).

It'll be like the last pitch of Astroman, sans cord. He pops on the final move, but then does some Warner Brothers cartoon stuff on the way down, steps off the falling elevator at the last second, and only bungs an ankle!

Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Nov 30, 2012 - 03:42pm PT
Feed him some Percocet and give him a typewriter so we'll all reap the rewards in his next book.

Fodder for Accidents in North American Mountaineering, Largostyle.

Heal up JL!

Gym climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 03:42pm PT
Ho man, it was dark outside, and the light indoors was no better ....

Frick, no one will ever care about my sprained thumb with guys like Largo going all compound on us.

Heal up man, we're still shy a couple of books of great stories...

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Nov 30, 2012 - 03:49pm PT
Poor John.

I had surgery today, still a bit foggy. No bones sticking out (i am such a noob, couln't even brake my leg the way John did. But he didn't give any instructions in his books!)

Gym ingured:
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norma r

Mountain climber
Ventura County
Nov 30, 2012 - 03:51pm PT
Thank goodness it wasn't the sight of a pretty girl entering the gym to make Largo loose his concentration. That would never happen!

Heal fast, Gramps!
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Nov 30, 2012 - 03:55pm PT
Speedy recovery John,
on the positive side you'll have more time to write or spray around here.
Maybe a trip/slip report is in order.
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