John Long decks at gym?


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Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Dec 17, 2012 - 08:08pm PT
"Love each other. There isn't anything else worthwhile."

Ill second that....

John.... good to know your doing better, keep it up, the PT gets fun quickly.

Is this the first time you have been injured? Badly?

'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Dec 17, 2012 - 10:16pm PT
Hey buddy,

Glad to hear you're in good hands and better spirits. I guess it was just your turn this time, eh? Most of us have a turn at it, sooner or later.

From one "frankenankle" to another, enjoy your off time, do what the docs say, and eventually you'll be back on the rock.

Don't worry or fret - just heal, and then - one day - shut up and climb.

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Dec 17, 2012 - 11:23pm PT
Believe me, I know how lonely those Hospital rooms can get.
Here's an ole' timer get well card:

Credit: PhilG
Get Well soon, man.

Consider coming up to my place in Washington ("the Green State") for some rest, relaxation, and rehabilitation.


Trad climber
Dec 17, 2012 - 11:39pm PT
glad yr at ucla largo.

a top teaching & research hospital is a good place to be at times like this.


Dec 17, 2012 - 11:53pm PT
Yes, they could learn something from JL.

Social climber
Dec 18, 2012 - 12:11am PT

Dammit , man, I was laid up in horsepistol with a myocardial infarction for three WHOLE days in '08 & it made me CRACKERDOG.

GTFO of that bed and back into service!!!!


Social climber
State of decay
Dec 18, 2012 - 01:59am PT
Credit: TYeary
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Dec 18, 2012 - 02:44am PT
Love each other. There isn't anything else worthwhile.

Don't mind being the one to "Third" that.

May the healing journey bring new insight and evolution

Because we gotta make the best of everything. My two injuries definitely contained blessings in disguise



Trad climber
100% Canadian
Dec 18, 2012 - 03:33am PT
Wishing you a solid recovery John.

I went thru a very serious tib fib break in 2007, and I was not smiling like that within the first week, so I can safely say you will be fine. I did make a full recovery though, and became a real climber again this year.

Hang in there bro !
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Dec 18, 2012 - 12:16pm PT
Yesterday at UCLA;.....John is on the mend. It was good to see him.

John and Tony Yeary......


Hebrews 1:3
Dec 18, 2012 - 12:34pm PT
Careful JL, those water and piss bottles are too dame close together!
Good to see you smile!

Trad climber
Denver, CO
Jan 18, 2013 - 02:26pm PT
Not sure if I've missed it, as I don't follow all the threads on the Taco, but has anything come out on the cause more than "unfinished knot"? I had a friend tell me that he'd read that the knot *was* finished, but there was no backup tied. I do not want to spread rumors, and if nothing has been said, that's fine. I would just like to know if what i was told is true.


Mountain climber
Jan 18, 2013 - 03:14pm PT
It was unfinished.

Trad climber
Jan 18, 2013 - 03:25pm PT
Well John now that you have joined the middle aged gimp club (I am a member)
you can help petition for a handicap system like in golf. A 10a could become 10c if you have arthritis or 11b if missing a limb. Cosmic Cragsman might rate an 11a once his shoulder heals a bit.
Todd Gordon will get nothing for his hair-challenged situation but taking care of 3 young kids would rate a 1 letter boost.

Trad climber
Pollock Pines, California
Jan 18, 2013 - 03:34pm PT
i have one hand free 2nd weekend in march,
maybe one of yuall could meet up
with me in some sketchy ghetto
and help me kick my own asse.

i need's some recovery to
exhaust all this runaway well
being's i've been joying

Trad climber
Denver, CO
Jan 18, 2013 - 03:46pm PT
yeahman said:
It was unfinished.

As has already been pointed out upthread, "unfinished" can mean several things. If you've a link to anything more clear, that would be appreciated.


Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Jan 18, 2013 - 04:07pm PT
I made the two bowline loops, and threaded the rope through my harness, but I didn't bring the rabbit out of the hole and around the tree.

So "unfinished" in the sense that he began climbing before finishing tying the knot, which means there was no knot at all.

NOT "unfinished" in the sense that the bowline was tied but none of the possible bowline back-ups were applied.

The Bowline-Instrument-of-Death crowd leaped on this as an example of the danger of bowlines, but exactly the same type of accident might have (and has) occurred with a figure-eight.

Trad climber
Denver, CO
Jan 18, 2013 - 04:12pm PT
Thanks RG. So the rumor I heard was untrue. Glad to hear it.

Hope JL recovers quickly and fully.

The Warbler

the edge of America
Jan 18, 2013 - 05:05pm PT
Exactly, rgold.

I'll give up my bowline when they pry it from my cold, dead hands.

That doesn't sound right....
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jan 18, 2013 - 10:38pm PT
we do the "John Long" inspection at the gym now... making sure the climber has finished their knot...

easy to do... and we get to think about John all the time...
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