Sending Big Mike some good vibes


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wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
Dec 9, 2013 - 09:00pm PT
All best wishes toward making this incredibly worth pursuing objective a reality. You guys can do it, if you want it badly enough!

Feb 23, 2014 - 10:51pm PT
I'm in. Well, maybe not for boarding.
Big Mike

Trad climber
Feb 24, 2014 - 12:50am PT
I would love to hang out tommorow gentlemen but unfortunatly Sandra has only one day off this week, so she really needs to get some excersise to keep her sanity. :)

I will be down to gfs soon to visit a local skier who ended up in gfs recently. He busted his neck so he's an incomplete quadriplegic. From his videos and stuff he looks pretty good considering. I'm well aware of his challenges though and worse because of the level of his injury.

So hopefully that will come together within the next couple weeks and I can meet up with you then.

I'm gonna write a bit about how i'm doing but it's gonna take me a few minutes so I'll do it in my next post.
Jebus H Bomz

Peavine Basecamp
Feb 24, 2014 - 01:10am PT
What a difference a year makes! Glad you're keeping your chin up, Mike, you are the definition of an optimist.

These injuries give you pause, but the challenge gives a fighting spirit worthy adversary.

Social climber
Feb 24, 2014 - 02:02am PT
Loads of love to Mike'n'Sandra!!!!!!!!!!!

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 24, 2014 - 02:07am PT

Ewe, loads.

Big Mike

Trad climber
Feb 24, 2014 - 11:46am PT
Wow. What a year. The ultimate roller coaster. Lots of highs during rehab, and lows upon returning home, and realizing that life was going to be much harder for awhile.

The pressures of running a seasonal buisness were no easy task. Unable to find a reliable third employee and having to deal with a new hire who was costing me money, I ended up working quite a bit to make ends meet. None of my other friends from gf are anywhere near where i'm at now, so i guess being forced back early was good to get me moving again.

I climbed a bunch this summer, and even managed to get my butt down to Cali for facelift. I was in quite a bit of discomfort there, as i was really pushing my limits to be so active, and sleeping in a tent didn't help the back relax much. I'm probably lucky that Sandra came with me, because we stuck to some more realistic goals, and even though the climber in me wanted way more action, somehow i knew my body wasn't really up to the task yet.

Today will be day 21 on a snowboard for me. The first day back was super wierd. I could barely ride and there wasn't much snow yet so there were lots of people on very few open runs. I was honestly scared of getting hit by someone for the first time of my life. My front foot still felt like it was just floating on top of the board with the reduced sensation.

Was i not worried about re-injuring myself up there? Hell yes i was, and still am. The muscle memory is very helpful though, and the sensory stimulation of the binding has been nothing short of amazing. I used to describe my left foot as being patchy with little bits of feeling here and there, but now it's more like little areas of reduced sensory on what feels like a foot more and more every day.

I've been very picky about my days up the hill, and try to go only when conditions are soft enough so i don't land on my butt again too hard. I did fall on it once all ready which set me back a couple weeks so i'm trying to be super cautious.

I'm feeling a lot stronger these days, and the pain has reduced significantly which is nice. The latest challenge has been kicking the opiates which seems to be going pretty well. I have been a little aggressive with my tactics perhaps in that regard, but nothing new if you've been following this thread since the beginning.. Lol

I finally went snowmobiling too which is somehing i've been avoiding for lack of snow and impact potential, but i just had to get out the other day and boy was i ever happy to get back out the the backcountry again!!

I put my sled back into the garage that night to avoid tempting fate anymore.

Anyways i'm going up the hill with Sandra and some friends to celebrate the one year anniversary of my injury today, so i better get rolling.

Best to you all and Thank You again for all your support! It really helped me through some dark times.
wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
Feb 24, 2014 - 01:18pm PT
So heartening to hear how well you are doing, Mike, all considered. I know that in the months, and years, ahead, you will find much healing, and continue to make incredible progress!!

Social climber
Feb 24, 2014 - 01:38pm PT
Snowin' in the Big Smoke again this morning. Even the local hills will have grate skiin'. Get out there 'n' shred. Maybe some of yer pals from GFS didn't have access to certain medicines.........


Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Feb 24, 2014 - 01:45pm PT
this just in

north fork
Feb 24, 2014 - 11:10pm PT
F*#king awesome Mike! Your attitude has definitely helped your recovery. All those thoughts of doubt and unknown have been answered, not saying you're 100%, but you are on your way. Sometimes the worst thing to happen to you can also be the best. Happy for you man.

Mountain climber
Feb 24, 2014 - 11:14pm PT
What a great post, Mike! You'll keep mending for some years to come (this is good)!

Social climber
Feb 24, 2014 - 11:19pm PT
I'm feeling a lot stronger these days, and the pain has reduced significantly

So good to hear, Big Mike. Your and Sandra's struggle toward rehabilitation for you has been inspirational. The circle of support from your friends and ST acquaintances illustrates the worth of a community of climbers both in the 'real world' and on the internet (which is of course the only way you and I are connected.) I look forward to the progress of this tale as it has implications for us all.

Climb high and come down slowly,


Feb 24, 2014 - 11:24pm PT
Big Mike is back.

Soakin it up with BM & Kyle
Soakin it up with BM & Kyle
Credit: RyanD

Credit: RyanD


Sport climber
Feb 25, 2014 - 01:36am PT
Sending some get well wishes

Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Feb 25, 2014 - 01:42am PT
Great to see you doing well, Mike.

Are you coming to Woodfest in May? That would be awesome.


Social climber
your mom's house
Mar 7, 2014 - 10:21pm PT

Come on down Mike...

Would be rad...


Trad climber
Mar 7, 2014 - 11:37pm PT
So good to see you coming back.

Swing towards Haines next year (no snow this year), bring your rev and I'll show you around Nadahini and Three Guardsman.

Rock on.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Mar 7, 2014 - 11:42pm PT
Hey Big Mike, you still on the Lyrica? Yea or nay can you discuss a little bit about your experience with this drug? Did it help and if so, how? And for how long? Did you notice when you 'went off it' or forgot a dose or three?

Happy to see you doing so well. I'm doing pretty good too. Been meaning to ask you more about Lyrica; its been on my mind lately.


Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 8, 2014 - 03:38am PT
Mike. COR. June. Light.
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