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Nov 2, 2013 - 07:11pm 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 - 07:25pm 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 - 07:25pm PT
It's clear you are also asking yourself this question, Johno.

Nov 2, 2013 - 07:35pm 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 2, 2013 - 09:03pm PT
Good on ya.

The healing process has begun!!!

You are something!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Nov 2, 2013 - 09:06pm 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 2, 2013 - 09:21pm 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 2, 2013 - 09:24pm 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 2, 2013 - 09:33pm 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 2, 2013 - 09:52pm 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 - 06:34am PT
Goddamnit Aamon you made me cry again.


Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Nov 3, 2013 - 06:51am 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 - 06:56am PT
For interconnectivity's sake:

Nov 3, 2013 - 08:10am 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 - 10:22am 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 - 10:48am 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 - 01:38pm 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!

Big Wall climber
Pacif*#ka Muthaf*#ka
Nov 3, 2013 - 03:12pm PT
Ammon my boy, I'll hoist a pint in your honor at the WOS screening at Stanford tomorrow!

heal up good.

Social climber
Golden, CO
Nov 3, 2013 - 03:49pm PT
Ammon my boy, I'll hoist a pint in your honor at the WOS screening at Stanford tomorrow!

Atta' boy Klaus!

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Nov 3, 2013 - 06:13pm 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!

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