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Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Nov 1, 2013 - 07:47pm PT
Hey all -

Ammon got ahold of me a few days back but he's been in surgery and offline since. Could someone PM me with what hospital he is in? Wanted to go say hi. Thanks.

Trad climber
East Coast US
Nov 1, 2013 - 07:54pm PT
Maybe it's deeper in this thread, but if Ammon needs help paying medical, is there a link to to help?

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Nov 1, 2013 - 08:01pm PT
Ammon, you are one calm and bad ass mofo. I wish you a speedy recovery getting back on your own feet.

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Nov 1, 2013 - 09:58pm PT
Money? they should monetize that video on youtube.

Just keep healing , we all want to see you up and blowing our minds again asap.

Social climber
So Cal
Nov 1, 2013 - 09:59pm PT
Good idea!

You made the front page of The Blaze.


Trad climber
RV, middle of Nowehere
Nov 1, 2013 - 10:13pm PT
VegasClimber and to all

St. Marys Medical Center
Grand Junction, Colorado.


Denver, CO
Nov 2, 2013 - 12:05am PT
Hi Ammon,

I hope you get back to 100% as quickly as possible.


Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Nov 2, 2013 - 12:05am PT
Thanks. Looks like I have a long drive ahead of me tomorrow then haha.

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Nov 2, 2013 - 01:33am PT

Sitting here in the hospital pecking away on my iPhone. I wasn't thinking straight when I let my friend drive off with my laptop. Had two surgery prosedures back to back and a bunch of visitors today, one of which was Charles Cole from Five Ten... speaking of, do I get my own shoe now? I was wearing the Ivo Knivo's, they should make the Slam'n Ammon's, haha.

Anyway, the trend after every surgery so far is, "it went better than expected". The big one is on Monday where they are going to plate, screw or rod my tibia and possibly graph the flap patch (aiiigh), on the exit wound. Then a few more cleaning surgeries after that. As long as infection doesn't swamp my ship. It's going to be a long road to recovery but I'll be back at it, soon enough.

Thanks for all the positivity and well wishes. I feel all the love from my hospital bed and am truly grateful to have such an amazing tribe of friends in my corner, rooting for me.

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Nov 2, 2013 - 01:41am PT
Fuking brutal dude ......

Hang in there Ammon, everyone is rooting for you ......

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Nov 2, 2013 - 01:59am PT
Man, all that hardware looks crazy familiar. Including the wound vac in the eliptical cut. You'll have a nice scar from that baby but that wound vac works like a charm.

Call you soon and hang in there Hermano!


Social climber
Nov 2, 2013 - 02:00am PT
hey there say, ammon...

thanks for keeping us updated, so we don't OVER-worry, :)

prayers for no infection, of course, and:
where, pray-tell, do we send get well cards, etc...?


Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Nov 2, 2013 - 03:00am PT
Great to talk to you tonight man, it's awesome to hear you in such good spirits. Will see ya tomorrow!

Big Wall climber
Nov 2, 2013 - 03:16am PT
Hey Ammon, never wrote in a Forum, but now i have to! i hear over the ocean that you were harder than a rock!!!!!!!!! I am sooo happy that you still there! Its like the hardest wall you have to climb now but i am shure you will make it and i will be so happy if we rope up in the future again. sending you lots of energy over the ocean from thomas (Bavaria) ((((-;
KP Ariza

Nov 2, 2013 - 03:44am PT
Ammon, best wishes and happy you'll be okay.
Never met you, but everything Iv'e heard and read about you has understated what a f*#king champion you are. How you were able to direct, film, narrate, and star in that "raw footage" (no pun) boggles my mind. Heal up well man.

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Nov 2, 2013 - 05:56am PT
Hey Ammon, never wrote in a Forum, but now i have to! i hear over the ocean that you were harder than a rock!!!!!!!

Sorry I brought you out of lurking status, Thomas. Haha! Love you bro!

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Hey guys, Ammon here from the hospital bed.

You are correct Nick three tourniquets were applied. Every injury is going to take different actions but I'm not a professional in the medical field. It was brutally obvious what I must do to save my life. I was losing tons of blood FAST and I knew that if I didn't apply a tourniquet that I was going to bleed out within minutes. At first I was going to use my lines but quickly thought the bridle would be way better and not cut into my skin as much.

I was 100% prepared to become an amputee. Blood was squirting five feet in all directions. The video was recorded after I stopped most of the bleeding. I pulled up my bridal wrapped it around my leg just above the opening exit wound and tied a truckers hitch. Before I tied the hitch I slid a nearby stick under the top piece of webbing. After the knot was tied I propelled the stick until I couldn't stand the pain anymore. Then I tried to straighten the ankle and elevated my leg above my heart.

I yelled down to my buddies to let them know I just lost my foot and could possibly bleed out and needed a helicopter ASAP. I knew it was going to be a while before they were going to reach me a few hundred feet above the road. The cliff is very rugged and I knew it was going to take some time to get to me.

There was an EMT and an highly competent climber on the load and a paramedic and another climber/EMT joins the rescue efforts. It took about 40 minutes for them to reach me and they drilled bolts and had lines fixed before the local SAR arrived on the scene. They helped place another tourniquet on my thigh because I was still dripping blood. The helicopter had to to land down the street because there is power lines directly below the exit, hence the name of the jump "Electric Chair".

SAR arrived and with the ropes in place they just had to ascend the ropes with a litter cage and their rescue kit. They dumped drugs into me, just enough to not kill me, haha. Applied a 3rd tourniquet just above the one I had placed and got me in the litter. The descent was treacherous with loose flakes and falling rocks. It took just over an hour to get me to the road. They got me in an ambulance, got me to the helicopter and flew me to St. Mary's in grand Junction. The entire time period was just over 4 hours from accident to ER.

The docs told me that the tourniquet time was somewhere around 4 hours before you were going to lose the limb. I lost nearly 3 pints of blood and came super close to bleeding out and and losing my life. So, obviously the 15 minute release of the tourniquet would have killed me. But, like I said, in its case it was completely obvious that we just kept it on and sacrificed the foot/leg. Those that have seen the video can see it in my face, I absolutely was prepared for the sacrifice to save my life.

In the morning, I woke up and was very surprised to see my foot still attached. A huge smile spread across my face as I wiggled my toes. I still have to fight off infection but it's looking very good that I will recover and climb and jump again, soon enough.

The docs say that my calm reaction and quick thinking with the tourniquet was the the main factor for surviving, at all. If I would have freaked out my heart rate would have sky rocketed and would have lost more blood. I didn't have much left to lose before the end was near, as it was.

Also, if the lines weren't fixed saving hours I might not have made it either. I will be forever grateful for my fast acting friends, SAR and the flight crew.

It's amazing how fast sh#t hit the fan and hope my tale can save someone else in the future.

Lots of love, Ammon


PS: I thought I was recording when I exited but alas, I actually turned it off while it was on in the first place. So, no gnarly bouncing POV

Social climber
NZ -> SB,CA -> Zurich
Nov 2, 2013 - 07:13am PT
Wow that is brutal. Heal up well and keep up your amazing spirit.
Cheers, Roy

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Nov 2, 2013 - 10:19am PT
Incredible story, mate!
Heal quickly.

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Nov 2, 2013 - 10:29am PT
More Montana Magic, SweetMan!

Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Nov 2, 2013 - 12:02pm PT
"plate, screw or rod" Could be the name of a route~

Glad it's going as good as it is. Respect for keeping the spirit up through it all


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