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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,

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Nov 3, 2013 - 09:56am PT
For interconnectivity's sake:

Nov 3, 2013 - 11:10am PT
Gnarly. Heal up man. By the way, your video is going pretty viral, turning up all over the internet.

Big Wall climber
Nov 3, 2013 - 01:22pm PT
I am sorry to here of your injury. I must say, although i love most that climb my walls, you have always been one of my favorites. I have missed you over the past few years. Don't let this injury or the tool keep you down.
Much love,
aka El Guapo, The Big Stone, El Capitan

Big Wall climber
Nov 3, 2013 - 01:48pm PT
ammon, heather and i are thinking about you every day and fully admiring your courage. good luck with your surgeries. take care, steve

Big Wall climber
Denver, CO
Nov 3, 2013 - 04:38pm PT
Dear Ammon,

My heart is with you, man! I hope the surgeries go very well and that you get ALL the way back. I think of you when I think of that line from Braveheart: "Every man dies; not every man really lives." You LIVE, dude, and it sometimes exacts a price. But you LIVE, and good on ya!

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Nov 3, 2013 - 09:13pm PT
Good luck tomorrow for the ortho work! The plastic work that will follow is some really special stuff, and the modern docs are wonderful at it.

You'll be fine. Those wound vacs are limb savers!


Trad climber
Nov 3, 2013 - 09:23pm PT
Im so happy to see you doing so well! I know which hospital to go to now if I ever go all humpty dumpty! They must have a special Ammon McNeely triage unit at the hospital now...
wishing you all the best brother!


Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Nov 3, 2013 - 09:45pm PT
Had a relaxing weekend hanging out with Travis (Vegasclimber) visiting from Vegas and driving a total of 15 hours. Wow, what a valiant effort, thanks bro! A cute little pizza delivery girl showed up at my room looking very confused. Two huge pizza's ordered in by climbski2, there was so much we had to share it with the nurses. Thanks climbski2!!!

Tomorrow I go into battle at noon where construction, carving, drilling and screwing will take place for six hours. They will also remove the external fixator and plug the flap patch, aaiighh! They say if all goes well I'l be discharged in 7-10 days.

Thanks for all the positive vibes everyone. I feel so lucky to be part of this beautiful tribe.

I love each and every one of you!
karen roseme

Mountain climber
san diego
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2013 - 10:47pm PT
There will also be hammering! They will probably have to pound a titanium rod down your leg so they have something to screw your bones too. Icky! At least that is what they did to my shattered tib fib.
Good luck tomorrow! I will be sending all my best MOJO your way!
It is such a miracle how the body can heal itself especially with the help of modern medicine!
You are indeed a lucky man!

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Nov 3, 2013 - 11:03pm PT
Figured you might have visitors and if not ..well cold pizza leftovers ain't so bad. Gotta be a nice break from hospital food. Glad the folks helping you heal up got some too.

Have a perfect surgery tomorrow.
the Fet

Nov 4, 2013 - 01:23am PT
Credit: the Fet

The silliest one I could find.

Social climber
An Oil Field
Nov 4, 2013 - 09:53am PT
I typed Ammon's name into Google last night, and the video has gone full blown viral. It had almost 800,000 views, and it is in newspapers on pretty much all continents, typically tabloid type stuff.

I saw the video from below, and he didn't have a chance. He rag dolls down the wall and the sound of him impacting is LOUD. I'm curious if those bones breaking made half of the noise.

I broke my tibia once, and I damn sure heard it.
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Nov 4, 2013 - 10:40am PT
This thread scares the crap out of me. I just think, would I have been fast enough to stop the bleeding in time? Can't help imagining myself in that situation. Compared to that, the bone drilling and hammering sounds easy.

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Nov 4, 2013 - 11:17am PT
Just a few hours away. So psyched for the next pitch.

Ron, no that is not me. If nothing else the canopy colors prove it. That is an Aussie guy on Tombstone that happened a few days prior. I heard he only endured three dislocated toes. Lucky guy.

Looks like similar situations, though. My brake lines were set too short opening in a collapsed stall. Like I said on my first post, I take full responsibility and should have jumped something more overhanging and forgiving after the repair.

I'm putting on my game face, strapping on my armor (all mental of course) and preparing to march out on the front line.

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