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Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Nov 15, 2013 - 08:58am PT
so how long until your next jump?
Ottawa Doug

Social climber
Ottawa, Canada
Nov 15, 2013 - 01:36pm PT
Balancing for the camera on your crutches. Who woulda thunk it two weeks ago?

Actually, we're talking about Ammon, I guess many were thinking this all along. Stay strong, heal fast.

Cheers,
Doug
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Nov 15, 2013 - 01:38pm PT
Atta Boy Ammon!!!!! Do you have an addy there ???
Fluoride

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA/Joshua Tree
Nov 15, 2013 - 02:39pm PT
Awesome Ammon! Love that picture of you. I can't believe it was less than three weeks ago you were sitting there on that ledge with your foot dangling off. You were right, you're a fast healer. Fastest I've ever heard of! Much love, glad it's all done and you're back home.

What's the estimate on when the doctors think you'll be able to climb and BASE again? Or rather when do YOU think you'll be able to climb and BASE? :)
Burch3y

Mountain climber
I offer nothing to the discussion
Nov 15, 2013 - 02:42pm PT
Pretty much the all-time best injury thread, of all time
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Nov 15, 2013 - 03:39pm PT
Awesome, good news!!
I was just watching an Alva interview on YouTube.
Holy Crap, you look like Tony Alva with dreads. Are you an old skate legend as well? ;-)

Is this the El cap Pirate with dreads?
Is this the El cap Pirate with dreads?
Credit: dirt claud
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Nov 16, 2013 - 11:40am PT
Hell yeah, Alva was one of my skate heroes. I'll never forget a skate road trip from Southern Utah to So Cal with my brother, Gabe and a bunch of friends. We went all over and skated in the places we saw in all of our skate vids, back then. We got a chance to skate with some legends including, Alva, Neil Blender, Christian Hosoi, Lance Mountain, etc.

Anyway, I'm not going to rush the healing process. I'm going to just play it by ear and use the pain as measuring device to know how hard I should push it. I've already started PT by rotating my ankle, using a strap to stretch my ankle further, writing the ABC's with my toes, etc.

I predict I'll be toproping in 2-3 months, jumping in 4 and lead climbing in 5-6 months. The doc didn't give me a time frame but I'd guess he would say 9 months... they like that number 9, ha ha.

Edit: Yes Ron, I'm at: 1156 Gramercy Ave. Ogden, UT 84404

Thanks to all who has sent me cards and gifts. Thanks Neebee for the dream catcher... it's working, ha ha. I'll post a pic later.
rick d

climber
ol pueblo, az
Nov 16, 2013 - 11:45am PT
Ammon-

I threw up when the doc took off my graft site dressing on my left thigh. I thought it hurt 1/5 of the fracture (tib-fib)pain which was one month earlier. Your legs are starting to catch up to mine but I was 21 in '86 when I got broke up. You have a couple more years than I did.

heal up brother!
TwistedCrank

climber
Bungwater Hollow, Ida-ho
Nov 16, 2013 - 11:53am PT
Healing is a special process. There comes a time during the heal from a dibilitating injury when you get to say "Holy sh!t! I can do <insert addictive and thrilling outdoor physical activity here> again. This if fukkin awesome!". We've probably all been there at some level.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 17, 2013 - 07:30am PT
hey there say, ammon... yep, happy dreamcatcher!

as to this:

Anyway, I'm not going to rush the healing process. I'm going to just play it by ear and use the pain as measuring device to know how hard I should push it. I've already started PT by rotating my ankle, using a strap to stretch my ankle further, writing the ABC's with my toes, etc.


great stuff, 'doing the abc's, etc' for co-ordination...

i USE that, too, for dancing, good tool to teach movement...



and yep--listen to your body, you will know... and take it from there...
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Nov 17, 2013 - 08:36am PT
Hahahaha!!!! Ammon had the yellow "fall risk" socks on! Did you refuse the bed alarm? "Pt educated but refuses the bed alarm. Will continue to monitor."

Good luck on the healing, bud, I'm sure you'll be out there hitting it again. Maybe just a little wiser. I had my own ground fall debacle a little more than a year ago, and now I feel better than 100%. I hope the same for you.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Nov 17, 2013 - 09:49am PT
Wtg Ammon!

DMT
Rick A

climber
Boulder, Colorado
Nov 17, 2013 - 12:57pm PT
Ammon,
Great to hear that your recovery is going so well and that you're looking forward to getting outside pretty soon.
Best wishes for continued speedy healing, but give it the necessary time.
Rick
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Nov 17, 2013 - 01:03pm PT
Ammon, now that you're healing up I feel I need to address this since it's been on my mind since you posted it. Unfortunately I haven't met you in person, but I hope we have a bit of a rapport from this community, so I just want to give you my two cents.

Just like you can't compare a lap on Nutcracker with K2. You also can't compare BASE jumping exits and the many different ways you can execute a jump.

It's hard to wrap your brain around something you haven't personally experienced. You simply can't say one is more dangerous or risky than the other. I've never jumped anything harder than, say, A2... In my mind. I feel like I've definitely put myself in way more danger with my climbing passion than jumping.

You're absolutely right that all BASE Jumps are different and all climbs are different in terms of risk. A free solo of Half Dome is more dangerous than a bridge jump over water by an experienced jumper with a state of the art rig, and a wingsuit jump 10 feet off the deck is more dangerous than a top rope climb in a gym.

But statistically you CAN say BASE jumping is more dangerous than rock climbing. There's different numbers in different studies and it's hard to compare (do you use participants, participants hours, number of jumps/climbs?) but most analysis bears this out. e.g. http://www.medicine.ox.ac.uk/bandolier/booth/Risk/sports.html

However since you have a greater risk of dying from heart disease or cancer than either, I'm not saying you shouldn't BASE jump, I'm just saying you need to treat each activity and each instance of each activity with the caution it deserves. Even tying into a top rope in the gym demands caution as we have seen. But a 5.11X pitch or A4 deserves more preparation, caution, and a careful plan of action to do it relatively safely.

As I said earlier in this thread, your accident was like so many others I've seen or read about. There was a combination of things that needed to happen to lead to a problem. All accidental, and nothing was really reckless. I just want to state again the importance of taking things one step, or one variable at a time. Try a new/repaired rig from a known relatively safe location. If you are going to jump in close proximity to another jumper, each jumper should probably have jumped the exit before and have the plan and timing worked out to perfection. Slow down and triple check everything in your mind before committing to a jump or climb and think if there's anything you can do to remove a variable or maybe work your way up to something new one step at a time.

You probably know all this already, but having lost some good friends I feel I should reinforce good practices that aren't always followed. I want to see you happily jumping and pushing the limits for a long time to come.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Nov 19, 2013 - 07:25pm PT
Matey bump...
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Nov 22, 2013 - 10:11pm PT
Keep healing up strong
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Nov 23, 2013 - 01:15pm PT
Thanks guys!!!

Life is good here in Ogden, I'm healing up just fine. Quit the Oxy three days ago, cold turkey. They had me on 60mg of OxyCodone and 40mg of OxyContin, per day. I noticed them getting low so I just quit and have some on standby, just in case.

Think I'm good to go, though. Just being cautious because everyone is telling me how addictive they can be.

Cheers!

Healing up!
Healing up!
Credit: ElCapPirate
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Nov 23, 2013 - 01:35pm PT
Nice Ammon! Just think, a while back you thought youd never see that again!


And yeah- those pain meds,, i was on them for over a year with my shoulder- i called em "happy pills" and was a GRUMP without them. Schmoozily oozily good they are!


and whats your addy there?
TwistedCrank

climber
Bungwater Hollow, Ida-ho
Nov 23, 2013 - 01:45pm PT
Oxy = hillbilly heroin
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Nov 23, 2013 - 03:45pm PT
Captain's Log:

Captain's Log:
Captain's Log:
Credit: ElCapPirate
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