Sending Big Mike some good vibes


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Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 24, 2013 - 08:44pm PT
Big Mike had a snowboarding accident on Blackcomb Mountain 9am today. He was cruising high-speed down a groomer run, Solar Coaster, when he did a normal as can be ollie over a roller. Sandra, his partner found him laying face first and not moving. He couldn't move his legs he said. Ski Patrol heli-vacced him off the mountain and he was sent via ambulance to Vancouver General Hospital.

Diagnosis is burst fracture and dislocation of his L2 vertebrae. Swelling around his nerves is putting pressure on them so they are going to have to do surgery immediately to stop that. The bursting of his L2 will make it easier for them to get in there at his affected nerves.

He is going for an MRI right now and surgery will begin after that. He's doing ok right now but his butt is sore from being on a spine board all day.

So once they fix the immediate nerve problem, he will be on the road to recovery. It will take a while but he will be back on the cracks no problemo.

Give Mike some good vibes. He will really appreciate it. I sent him some calm good energy already in the emergency ward with his sister and Sandra, the more the better.


Feb 24, 2013 - 08:53pm PT
Aw heck. Big luck to him. His trip reports rule, hope he's back on his feet writing more of them soon.

Trad climber
Feb 24, 2013 - 08:53pm PT
Holy sh#t. Wishing him all the best!

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Feb 24, 2013 - 08:57pm PT
damn....poor guy. Heal up quick buddy
Todd Eastman

Bellingham, WA
Feb 24, 2013 - 08:58pm PT
Best wishes to the big guy...

... I hate hearing this stuff.

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 24, 2013 - 09:07pm PT
Bruce, he has gotten and is receiving super speedy and top notch attention from everyone. The ski patrol and hospital staff are doing an awesome job.
Captain...or Skully

Feb 24, 2013 - 09:07pm PT
Big Mike rules. Now you heal up quick, dammit!

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Feb 24, 2013 - 09:16pm PT
Hang in there Mike.
Here's to a full recovery.
Jebus H Bomz

Peavine Basecamp
Feb 24, 2013 - 09:16pm PT
Ah, geeze, wishing him the best of luck. I suffered my own back break recently, lucky to be climbing, running, f*#king, and all that good stuff without pain now. Give me a PM, Big Mike, if you wanna talk. Enjoy the meds!
this just in

north fork
Feb 24, 2013 - 09:17pm PT
Damn, horrible news. Hoping the best for mike.
John M

Feb 24, 2013 - 09:19pm PT
Get well quick Mike. I love your traveling trip reports and I hope that you can get back to them soon.

Northern Mexico
Feb 24, 2013 - 09:20pm PT
Sorry to hear this.

Heal fast Mike.


Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 24, 2013 - 09:31pm PT

Get well soon, Mike!

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Feb 24, 2013 - 09:35pm PT
Damn.hoping for the best

Mountain climber
San Diego, CA
Feb 24, 2013 - 09:38pm PT
Hope you're feeling better soon!!!
new world order2

Feb 24, 2013 - 09:40pm PT
Oh my gosh! So sorry to hear. Passing along healing vibes to you, Mike.

If ever a gentle giant....

Feb 24, 2013 - 09:46pm PT
Best to ya Mike, thanks for the Vegas TR. Not looking forward to the broken body update snowboarding TR:-(. Heal up!

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Feb 24, 2013 - 09:50pm PT
say Mike this sounds kinda serious. I'm rooting for a full recovery.


Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Feb 24, 2013 - 09:51pm PT
One of my favorite ST people. I love his attitude and always upbeat. Very difficult to hear this. I LOVED the Vegas TR and all his other postings just filled with great stuff.
Get well soon, be patient, perserve...
Ferretlegger passes on his well wishes too!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Feb 24, 2013 - 09:58pm PT
Don't know if I know you, Dude. Doesn't matter. I will be 'sending. Not the rock this time, but Huge positive thoughts and prayers that you will heal well.

Time outs like this can be positive when you use them to reflect on life.

Peace and Joy, lynne leichtfuss
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