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Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Nov 2, 2013 - 12:22pm PT
Ammon you have shown great courage throughout this epic gnarfest. I can hardly believe your foot was saved let alone that you could even wiggle your toes the next day. Best wishes and positive vibes to you. You are a hard man pirate if ever there was one.

Nov 2, 2013 - 01:02pm PT
All the best vibes from Montreal.

Social climber
An Oil Field
Nov 2, 2013 - 01:16pm PT
Ammon has a strong mind. Exceptional even among his peers. I've never seen anything like his calm in that video. That is one for the ages. Don't go giving that video out for free!

I'll send you some goodies in the mail. PM me your address, or I will just send it to the hospital.
susan peplow

Joshua Tree, CA
Nov 2, 2013 - 01:31pm PT
Not being a huge fan of blood and gore Russ suggested I not watch the video. Ultimately, I saw snapshots of the ankle posted elsewhere anyways.

Ammon, I'm super glad to hear your surgeries are going well and you're wiggling your toes. It was heartbreaking to watch your video, even without knowing you personally it was easy to read the fear and disappointment on your face.

Yet your fast actions, not panicing and having a good team of friends to make things happen is really an incredible story and one we are so happy you are with us to tell. Here's to hoping the goodness continues with no infection and successful recovery.

Best wishes and for us girls, post a picture of you & brother Gabe should he visiting :)

the Fet

Nov 2, 2013 - 02:52pm PT
If I had to go through something like this I'd be stoked to have someone like Largo giving me the beta on what to expect.

Well, that didn't go so good.

Understatement of the century. I'm sure that sentence will come up in my mind whenever something goes really bad.

When things do go bad it is cool the see everyone swing into action and do what needs to be done and have the outcome be SO much better than it could have been.

Thanks for sharing the video and updates. It's really gnarly but it's cool the see the human spirit and capabilities rise to the occasion when needed.

Wishing you the best of luck to go along with all the great work that was done and is being done.

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Nov 2, 2013 - 02:55pm PT
"plate, screw or rod" Could be the name of a route~

I kinda like "Graft the Flap Patch."
John Mac

Trad climber
Littleton, CO
Nov 2, 2013 - 07:51pm PT
Thanks for the update Ammon.

You have a fantastic positive attitude and I'm sure you will be back in no time.

Sending good vibes your way.

portland, Oregon
Nov 2, 2013 - 08:30pm PT
You sir, are the hardest of the hard. Heal well and quick.

"Damnation seize my soul if I give you quarters, or take any from you." -Edward "Blackbeard" Teach, before his final battle (Johnson 80)

Nov 2, 2013 - 10:11pm PT
Ammon shares something with both George Mallory and William Shakespeare.

Sir Ken Richardson commented that Shakespeare's english teacher when Bill was seven faced an daunting task. In one of his classes the teacher surely said to Bill, "Stop talking that way. You confuse people". That night the teacher must have thought, "That didn't go well. Must try harder."

On that day when he could barely see his knees while trying to descend Everest along a ridge and the corniss gave way underneath him, Mallory was finally pinned helpless under the weight of the snow, where Conrad found him. He must have thought, "That didn't go well. Must try harder."

So it is we have our own Ammon saying, " That didn't go well. Must try harder."

Now it comes down to us who thought on John Bachars death, "That didn't go well, We all should have tried harder.

Are we ready now,

To try harder?


Trad climber
Nov 2, 2013 - 10:25pm PT
Should have known better than to open this thread before dinner.

Hope all goes well Ammon.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Nov 2, 2013 - 10:25pm PT
It's clear you are also asking yourself this question, Johno.

Nov 2, 2013 - 10:35pm PT
Count on Peter to see deeply.

Ammon is very important to us.


Us is becoming an extended organism. We should have protected John, from himself. We could not afford to lose him.

Here we are now, at the same place.
tom Carter

Social climber
Nov 3, 2013 - 12:03am PT
Good on ya.

The healing process has begun!!!

You are something!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Nov 3, 2013 - 12:06am PT
I mentioned the same thing up thread about Dano John.. I too am wondering if it isnt a sign for a change.. I havent yet had the pleasure of actually talking with Ammon and i would like that pleasure. I wrestle that question ..

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Nov 3, 2013 - 12:21am PT
Just got done shooting the bull with Ammon for about three hours. He's in great spirits and the foot looks really good.
He goes in for a surgery Monday for his tibia plate or rod, then they will work on the muscle. Will be back in to see him tomorrow, but all the love he's been getting here has been a huge boon to him so keep it up!

Trad climber
formerly known as hillrat
Nov 3, 2013 - 12:24am PT
Glad to see things are healing for you... hope that continues.

Should you get back in the area and up on the rock some time, you got a free belay and a free beer here (or whatever you drink), and after poking around on some aiders today, I could still use some of those pointers. Just won't be jumping off the top with ya. Keep up the healing.

Nov 3, 2013 - 12:33am PT
Hey Ammon - That sucks. I'm just getting caught up with all things ST and wasn't expecting to see this. Heal up fast. Was thinking about you guys the last two weeks as E and I just did Reticent -- unbelievable how fast you guys did that - proud. Heal up well!!


Big Wall climber
Nov 3, 2013 - 12:52am PT
I do not know Ammon, but I do know that you are an inspiration.

Heal well and keep the stoke going. As a health care professional I have to say I am impressed with your composure under extreme stress.

I hope I get to meet you one day and tell you how much of living hero you are.

Good luck Ammon.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Nov 3, 2013 - 09:34am PT
Goddamnit Aamon you made me cry again.


Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Nov 3, 2013 - 09:51am PT
all pirates,
the day doesn't have legs, or a peg leg
to meet you half way,
get up and walk thru it,
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