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Nov 4, 2013 - 11:19am PT
Ammon, !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! With an attitude like yours you'll kick ass in the next challenges too. And inspire the rest of us along the way. Hope you heal up soon and strong as ever. THere's no doubt you will.

BASE104, can you post the link to the video you mention. The only video of the actual flight that I could find was the one from the Kiwi news.

Big Wall climber
Nov 4, 2013 - 01:59pm PT
The video is indeed viral. I met a paramedic on my flight last night that asked me if I had seen it. This was after he was talking to me about climbing. He was really impressed with your composure Ammon. This guy is a medic in Baltimore city, and has seen a ton of crazy stuff.

Good luck on today's surgeries.


Nov 4, 2013 - 03:08pm PT
Now count back slowly from ten please.

10,9,8 zzzzzzzzzz

Nice lead man. Way to send that choss pile.

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Nov 4, 2013 - 03:38pm PT
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!

Yo, my brother, if they do all that in one go those doctors deserve medals. the plastic muscle graft work usually takes much longer if they have to harvest the tissue from your upper leg (like they did on me). Hope they can figure out something easier for you. But either way you're well on your way and that's a great thing.


Whale's Vagina
Nov 4, 2013 - 03:58pm PT
Best wishes for speedy healing, Ammon.
Big Mike

Trad climber
Nov 4, 2013 - 04:01pm PT
Good Luck today Ammon!! I hope surgery went well!!

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 4, 2013 - 04:22pm PT
Thinking of you Ammon, as you are under the knife.
Hang in there too, The are one incredible person!

dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Nov 4, 2013 - 05:11pm PT
good luck today, hope all is going well :)
Wade Icey

Trad climber
Nov 4, 2013 - 05:16pm PT
Credit: stolen

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Nov 4, 2013 - 05:55pm PT
Positive vibes to you, Ammon...
Keep that spirit up!


The Granite State.
Nov 4, 2013 - 06:00pm PT
Ammon, you strike me as the type who always has his game face on.


Positive vibes sent your way, dude.

Nov 4, 2013 - 08:29pm PT
Looking forward to hearing about a very successful surgery.


Trad climber
Nov 4, 2013 - 08:36pm PT
wow. missed this--

hope surgery goes well, that's a lot of time on the table.

guess this'll end your chances for working part=time as a foot model.

Social climber
Nov 4, 2013 - 09:06pm PT
hey there say, ammon.... hoping to hear that things went at there best today...

may the good solid work and skill from these doc, do you that good that you
need for the long haul...

god blesss....

wow--i think your mom needs some more hugs from you, or anyone there...

Social climber
Nov 4, 2013 - 10:15pm PT
Ammon you are one strong dude. Hope the surgeries go well and you are out there again soon doing what you love.

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Nov 4, 2013 - 10:18pm PT
Whatever you do, don't skimp on the stool softener. Getting through surgery without a lot of that is not for the faint of heart! Get well soon.
Big Mike

Trad climber
Nov 4, 2013 - 10:28pm PT
Prune juice helps move things too!!! I hate the stuff but i drank lots of it in rehab!!
Jebus H Bomz

Peavine Basecamp
Nov 4, 2013 - 10:29pm PT
Warm milk with prune juice. Word to your colon.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Nov 4, 2013 - 10:51pm PT
Heal up quickly Ammon! Consider the activity that caused the injury....0 sum game.
David Nelson

San Francisco
Nov 5, 2013 - 12:14am PT
Largo asked if an MD might reply, in his Oct 30 post. I have been reading the posts and can make a few comments. I have not posted on Supertopo for a while, some here may remember me.

I am 62, a Board-certified orthopod and now hand surgeon, climbed in the Valley in the 70's, even taught a while. Was out a while, then when i was 50, went up the Captain, but holding onto the coat tails of Chickenskinner, who did all the leading. Then did the same on HD.

Ammon's injury, without an X-ray, must have been an open tibia and fibula fracture. We don't use the term "compound" anymore. Vegasclimber corrected me and said that there was a vascular repair, so it was a III C open fracture, meaning extensive soft tissue stripping and a vascular repair (see;. The importance of the classification is that the rate of infection and amputation go up as the rating goes up. The external fixator (I have designed one for the radius) allows for stability for the bones and soft tissues (necessary to prevent further damage, prevent infection, set the stage for osseous healing). It is put on when the risk for infection is too high for a plate or intramedulary rod. The tubes and black foam, covered with what looks like Saran wrap, are a wound vac. It is designed to help control edema, infection, and to clean up the fluids (blood, serum) that are oozing out. The serial trips to the OR are to debride dead tissue and check for infection. The general rule is another look in the OR every 48 hrs until ready for definitive care, ie, IM rod or plate.

The flap, if any, is to substitute for missing skin and close the wound.

Did I cover all the points?

Ammon, ignore anything I said if it contradicts your docs. They have the data, I do not. I am merely guessing for the entertainment of our television audience.
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