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Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 8, 2013 - 11:57am PT
Back home - finally. My many friends pulled me through this epic. I'll jot out a few hospital chronicles once it all comes back to me. For now, thanks for all your good will and support. That's a life saver, of that you may be sure.

Fact is, once I got some Lynnnnnnnnnny love I was restored.

Lynnie and Largo
Lynnie and Largo
Credit: Largo

Oh yeah!

Big Mike

Trad climber
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:01pm PT
Congrats Largo! Great to see your on the mend!


Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:05pm PT
Good on ya, John....may your recovery continue to go well...and quick.


Jan 8, 2013 - 12:09pm PT
Congrats on healing up! Hopefully the climbing and the Mountain Unicyling isn't interrupted for .....(wait for it) ....long.

...awaits Cosmiccragmans soon to be published satire....

The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:09pm PT
Wishing you a speedy and complete recovery!


Trad climber
Lee, NH
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:11pm PT
It's tough to look manly in your hospital bed, but John (with big help from Lynn) sure manages here!

Great to see the spirit coming through.
Fish Finder

Social climber
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:13pm PT

Welcome back to the non-hospital world John.

Did you get a pair of Lynn's underwear for your next send!

Cant wait to hear your take on being stuck in one place so Long!

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:17pm PT
Long may you run!
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:20pm PT
5 weeks in the hospital is a goddamn long time, glad to see you'll be ok.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:22pm PT
After luvin' like that no doubt you're planning your next NIAD!

All the best!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:25pm PT every way!

Thanks John and you're welcome for all the love and support!

WE LOVE YOU...and your angels too!
looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:25pm PT
Glad you are out of the hospital and doing better.
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:26pm PT
Great photo!

Was also in the hospital for over a month when I was 10 (double tib/fib compound-fracture, skin graft, etc).
I distinctly remember how great it felt to be out in the sun again, and to feel the breeze of fresh air.

Look forward to read more of your writing. Cheers!

Gold Canyon, AZ
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:27pm PT
Best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery. In the mean time, don't forget the handicapped plate for your mountain unicycle...


Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:30pm PT
Great to see your doing so well!
Wonderful how the body can heal.
Thoughts are with you, man.
Agree 15 days in hospital is a long time!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:36pm PT
Glad to hear it, John. That's a classic photo.

Jan 8, 2013 - 12:38pm PT
Just see .....

Largo's still alive .... :-)

from out where the anecdotes roam
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:39pm PT
coupla weeks mugging as "hoppa Long," then it's just a hunk o' fodder for the Book of Large ...

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jan 8, 2013 - 12:44pm PT
Great news John! That must have been a long haul.....

Social climber
Jan 8, 2013 - 01:01pm PT
Glad to hear that you're home and in good spirits John!

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Jan 8, 2013 - 01:01pm PT
John it is nice to see that you are recovering.

I hope to see you at the rocks soon.


Trad climber
Fresno CA
Jan 8, 2013 - 01:02pm PT
It's tough to look manly in your hospital bed, but John (with big help from Lynn) sure manages here!

Great to see the spirit coming through.

+1. And Curt's right -- remember that handicap placard on your unicycle.


Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Jan 8, 2013 - 01:06pm PT
I'm very happy for you that you are finally out of the hospital! Best wishes for rapid improvement of your injury.
J. Werlin

Social climber
Cedaredge, CO
Jan 8, 2013 - 01:17pm PT
Cheers John!

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jan 8, 2013 - 01:22pm PT
Cheers, mate! Hope you liked my card!



Trad climber
Jan 8, 2013 - 01:29pm PT

As I'm sure you already know, in most cases, pain is the only issue which holds one back from a good recovery.

You may in fact, overcome this injury, and return in a few years, in better shape than before your accident.

I'm speaking from experience.

Get well soon!

Social climber
Jan 8, 2013 - 01:32pm PT
Get some sun on yer bun !!! Great picture & thanks for lettin' us know yer rizzin from the dead :-) !!! Now back to work on you -know-what !!!!

Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Jan 8, 2013 - 02:32pm PT
I like how she's crimping your arm bro.

Heal up well!
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
-A race of corn eaters
Jan 8, 2013 - 02:36pm PT
Hey, we sure do miss you around here. Super glad your recovery is going well. The healing mechanisms of the body are amazing, yes? Hurry back and start posting up! :)

Sport climber
Jan 8, 2013 - 02:37pm PT
Lucky man! Ukrutt forgår ikke så lett.

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Jan 8, 2013 - 02:40pm PT
Glad to see you made it out John.

Sport climber
Home away from Home
Jan 8, 2013 - 02:40pm PT
I like how she's crimping your arm bro.

You look so happy in that photo, Largo...

Continue to heal up... you are surrounded by true love, respect and support.

~peace to you... Leggs

Mountain climber
San Diego, CA
Jan 8, 2013 - 02:43pm PT
Wishing you a quick recovery!!!

Trad climber
Salt Lake City
Jan 8, 2013 - 02:43pm PT
Our friends get us through, no matter what.

two miles from Eldorado
Jan 8, 2013 - 02:52pm PT
No pants on either one of you? Looks like that recovery is doing fine. Best wishes.

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 8, 2013 - 02:59pm PT
Fast recovery, Largo!

Jan 8, 2013 - 03:01pm PT
May each passing day be a little better than the one before.

May your recovery progress to the point that, in the future, you'll have occasional moments of uncertainty as to which leg it was that suffered such injury.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jan 8, 2013 - 03:07pm PT
That is really great news John. Being at home and comfortable will make your recovery happen that much faster.

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Jan 8, 2013 - 03:07pm PT
This old world can't keep a good man down.

Gym climber
Jan 8, 2013 - 03:07pm PT
Glad you got our of there John--people get sick in those places!

Now you can relax more by sleeping on a ledge that's hanging off a hook...

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 8, 2013 - 03:10pm PT
Hospital-butt is just not the right stuff.

Mend it and send it, Largo~
ron gomez

Trad climber
Jan 8, 2013 - 03:13pm PT
Glad yer finally outa there John, continue with yer healing and recovery! Bridwell sends his regards and well wishes.

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 8, 2013 - 03:16pm PT
Hurrah! Was just saying I was going to bug you to see how you are. Glad to see you got out. And look forward to seeing more of you around here. Best wishes!!

Mountain climber
Anchorage, AK
Jan 8, 2013 - 03:17pm PT

Glad you are finally out, keep the recovery going!

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Jan 8, 2013 - 03:43pm PT
Very cool! Glad to see you getting out of the joint!

Trad climber
Jan 8, 2013 - 03:55pm PT
Congrats on being parolled. Must have felt like the Count of Monte Cristo in the forsaken Chateau d' If.

Your accident may save many of us from a similar fate man. I for one am keeping an ever more diligent eye on myself and my partner in the gym and on the stone these days.

Hope your escape continues to be full of well wishes and snide remarks about blue speedos.

the kid

Trad climber
fayetteville, wv
Jan 8, 2013 - 04:22pm PT
Glad you are back home!

Trad climber
Nedsterdam CO
Jan 8, 2013 - 04:32pm PT

HoMan if I never see the inside of another hospital it'll be fine by me.

Wishing the same for you Largo! Heal up fast pardner.

Social climber
Jan 8, 2013 - 04:54pm PT
heythere say, john...

wow, welcome home!

i STILL have your dreamcatcher and get well card...

i never could find where to send it...

if someone could help out, where to send this...
to you, john, or to a friend that can take it to you?

thanks, i had set it aside, 'til i got some
email replies, but none ever came...

so very very happy you are home and getting well THERE...
home is much more 'inspirational' as to 'good feelings and good vibes'

The user formerly known as stzzo

Sneaking up behind you
Jan 8, 2013 - 07:09pm PT
Glad you're better!

Keep on healin'...

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Jan 8, 2013 - 07:15pm PT
Glad to read it.

Like they say "can't keep a large man down"!


Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
Jan 8, 2013 - 07:30pm PT
Glad you are back home. For a whole lot of reasons, don't want to be in the hospital any longer than absolutely necessary.
Good luck with the continued recovery.
The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Jan 8, 2013 - 08:24pm PT
Yay so happy for you, John! Here's to speedier recovery.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jan 8, 2013 - 09:14pm PT
Nice John, glad to hear they cut you loose!
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Jan 8, 2013 - 09:34pm PT
Did you at least get a good hand job from a cute Candystriper?

Keeping it real mofos.

Trad climber
Jan 8, 2013 - 09:36pm PT
The "Boxers or Briefs" question is answered!


Jan 8, 2013 - 09:43pm PT
You're welcome. Broadcasting respect and good will on all channels.

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Jan 8, 2013 - 09:45pm PT
Hi John:

Just below your thread is a Warren Harding one: Park Rat says:

Here is some more background to the picture of Harding in the hospital.
It was originally in the Sacramental Union Friday, September 19, 1969
One of Harding's comments on stepping in front of a pickup truck.

"All I know is this is the silliest thing that ever happened to me"

What he didn't know at the time was that his shattered leg and knee would have to be re-broken and set again in December with various pins added.
Come to think of it Harding always approved of adding a few pins not to mention a few bolts.Our intrepid climber would be back on the mist Trail in late May 1970, not only hiking but carrying a huge pack."" (End of Quote from her thread)

So, if his shattered land and knee had to be rebroken, et. all and then later he was back on the trail with a huge pack, you can do it too.

Best wishes for a good recovery.


Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jan 8, 2013 - 10:18pm PT

Glad you're home, John!
Heal up!

Trad climber
Cali Hodad, surfing the galactic plane ~:~
Jan 8, 2013 - 10:26pm PT
Very glad to hear that you have surpassed this significant hurdle. As you probably know or have heard by now, extended hosptal stays can lead to aquiring a contagious and ultimately fatal disease such a pnuemonia. It is what first crossed my kind when a patient was not responding, or taking longer than normal to the post-op restorative therapy which was required, as far as enabling them to transfer out. Big resposibility which layed primarily on the therapist shoulders. Next stop (often as short as 4-7 days post op) was a rehab/nursing home where it (contagious diseases breed with a vengence).

Anyway, welcome back society and best wishes on the road to full recovery, big guy!

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Jan 8, 2013 - 10:30pm PT
Glad to hear you're through what has to be the worst part of the whole ordeal.

We're all looking forward to reading more about it and to more of those brain twisting contributions on philosophy.

Keep on keeping on with the healing !

Trad climber
Grand Junction
Jan 8, 2013 - 10:32pm PT
From those thigh scars looks like you got a gracilis free flap and a split thickness skin graft for medial coverage.
Hope the healing continues to go well.

Trad climber
Jan 8, 2013 - 10:46pm PT
Most excellant, sounds like your on the right road

Hebrews 1:3
Jan 8, 2013 - 10:48pm PT
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jan 8, 2013 - 10:52pm PT
Even now Ronnie Johns can't tell you to HTFU.

portland, Oregon
Jan 8, 2013 - 11:04pm PT
Glad you are feeling better John. Hope the rehab goes quick and you are back at it again soon.

Jan 8, 2013 - 11:07pm PT
WTF who's John Long and is that his real name or porno name.

Trad climber
Jan 8, 2013 - 11:33pm PT
Enjoy being home! May it just keep getting better!!

Trad climber
Cheyenne, Wyoming and Marshall Islands atoll.
Jan 9, 2013 - 01:32am PT
Credit: stonemasters

All Our best to the best! Get better soon.

The Warbler

the edge of America
Jan 9, 2013 - 01:37am PT
I hope you heal well and as quickly as possible, John.

Perhaps a book on the dangers of gym climbing is in order.

Looking forward to seeing you again,



Jan 9, 2013 - 01:39am PT
Awesome! Yeah, Lynnie sure has some healing powers! :)
Good fortunes to you Largo.

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Jan 9, 2013 - 01:46am PT
Right on John, hope you get some killer writing time in, give us some good reading please!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Jan 9, 2013 - 01:57am PT
Glad you made it thru modern medicine and are now on the mend. Great pic of you and the real Lynnie. Life is a trip.....

Jan 9, 2013 - 02:22am PT
Glad you are on the mend John. Hopefully getting home will help speed things along (festering in the hospital sucks, as many of us know). Hope to see you up and about and around some of the old haunts soon.


Trad climber
Washington DC
Jan 9, 2013 - 10:25am PT
John, all the best.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 9, 2013 - 11:09am PT
Classic shot Marty!
Tony Bird

Northridge, CA
Jan 9, 2013 - 11:19am PT
link that last one to the legs thread.

Boulder climber
Jan 9, 2013 - 11:22am PT

That shot of John and that hot chick makes me misty in my happy spot, but I'm caffeine sappy right now.

Jan 9, 2013 - 06:43pm PT
J I've been holding you in my thoughts with the Carbondale crew through this ordeal and hope the way forward is nothing but upward! TS

Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Jan 9, 2013 - 07:06pm PT
Glad you are back in the ring John.

When I destroyed my knee in '86 my doctor told me my riding days were over.
Two years later I earned number one division plate in open class desert racing.
As strong as you are, I think you will continue following your passions sooner than later. Best of luck!

Trad climber
Jan 9, 2013 - 07:42pm PT
Shared sentiments.....speedy recovery.....Best to you!

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Jan 9, 2013 - 08:09pm PT
Namaste, bitch.
John Marts

Mountain climber
Edmonds, WA
Jan 9, 2013 - 10:52pm PT
Tashi dalek!

From (t)here on out, ride upright!
Brent Mattix

Trad climber
Roseville, CA
Jan 9, 2013 - 11:53pm PT
Long live LARGO! Continue to get better.

Best wishes!

Trad climber
planet earth
Jan 11, 2013 - 10:25am PT
All the best!
Kindred Spirits' hearts beat as one.

London, UK
Jan 11, 2013 - 10:48am PT
John, if it is any consolation the entire climbing world are now checking their tie-in a little more thoroughly. Might even stop someone else hurting themselve ... for the next six months or so.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 11, 2013 - 11:28am PT
We have an obscure climb in Tucson called Roped Joke named for yet another botched tie-in.

Don't end up as a Roped Joke folks! Check your knot on an ongoing basis especially in the gym where distraction abounds.

Even Angel Wings Hill kissed the ground not so long ago.
Janet Wilts

Trad climber
Grand Teton National Park
Jan 11, 2013 - 10:41pm PT
Great news.... Glad you're out... And on the move soon....

Trad climber
new paltz, ny
Jan 13, 2013 - 11:36am PT
what happened to this guy?

Trad climber
Where the Hoback and the mighty Snake River meet
Jan 13, 2013 - 11:54am PT
Really great shot(s) of you and Lynne, made me all misty eyed.

Sooooo glad you are *out*.

Hope you get some good writing time in.


Trad climber
Jan 13, 2013 - 01:17pm PT
That picture of Lynn and John is kind of ironic. Both took long falls due to pilot error, lived to tell the tale, and are the poster children for checking the knot.
A reminder to play safe.
Plus Donini's recent incident with the rap sling. Kind of makes you want to trust your instinct and throw in a backup. I know of 2 incidents in the Cdn Rockies where very experienced climbers put in a backup to the belay anchors as an afterthought only to have the main belay fail and saved by the backup.

Jan 13, 2013 - 01:49pm PT
Now that's a frame-able picture, good luck with the recovery John.

Social climber
Jan 23, 2013 - 09:48pm PT
Hope you are healing up well, John.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Feb 13, 2013 - 02:40am PT
So it's been awhile since I've seen any news on how you are doing, Dude.
How are you healing, what's happening and anyway the folk here at ST can help?

Cheers and Best Wishes from.....a bunch of us. lynne leichtfuss and friends.
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Feb 13, 2013 - 10:47am PT
Lynne... he's looking good... well.. at least he's looking much better that me :-)

Yesterday's Bookface post...


Trad climber
Feb 13, 2013 - 12:56pm PT
Hope your healing keeps going well
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Feb 13, 2013 - 01:19pm PT
John, best wishes.

Feb 13, 2013 - 01:39pm PT
Hugs from Loki pup, Baby Aristides, Bill and I.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Feb 13, 2013 - 02:06pm PT
Thanks for the update John Butler! :D

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 13, 2013 - 05:36pm PT

Lookin' good, Largo!

Social climber
Feb 13, 2013 - 07:28pm PT
hey there, say, john... keep on getting well, in the
best and safest therapy ways, :)

some rush it and other stall it...

even keel, you know... :)
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