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Nov 24, 2013 - 12:43pm PT
Ammon, best for a speedy recovery!

The 'full disclosure' has kept this thread real, man. Amazing!


Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Nov 24, 2013 - 05:12pm PT
I was so ruined with pain that if I didn't take Oxy for a month after my last surgery, I could only white knuckle it and shake and seeth. Then it got a touch easier and I quite when I ran out and was over it in a day. Sure helps when you need it, though.


Social climber
An Oil Field
Nov 24, 2013 - 06:09pm PT
You will have a good scar. I don't know if you have ever met Mark Hewitt, but he compounded both femurs from a line over from a building. His legs looked like they had been bitten by a great white shark.

While he was healing up, he thought up the line release mod. That has saved quite a few legs since.

Cardiff by the sea
Nov 24, 2013 - 08:54pm PT
Werner said it best!

Ammon hats off and much respect to your surgeons. Looks like they did their part, now it's up to you to even make them look better with your rehab and physical therapy.

Nothing but the best vibes your way brother!

Social climber
Nov 24, 2013 - 09:20pm PT
hey there say, ammon....

wow... and wow, again...

what a wonderful good heal... they did amazing work...

feels to good to see such a success for someone...
oh my...

thanks for sharing and may this adventure, be used to help others, too,
as to encouragement along their hard ways, if need be...

very happy for you!!!!
god bless!!

Dec 4, 2013 - 07:55pm PT

How's the recovery coming along?


Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Dec 5, 2013 - 12:01pm PT
How's the recovery coming along?

Hi Gene, my recovery is going very well, thank you.

I can put full weight on my leg, although I only tried once because it still needs time for the screws to bind with the bone. I was supposed to be at the doctors today to get the staples out. But, we had to postpone it until Tuesday because of the weather.

I'll post a pic when I get the staples out.


Dec 5, 2013 - 12:16pm PT
topo cred...
Bad Climber

Dec 5, 2013 - 01:09pm PT
Mr. Pirate: You are looking great! Although the pic kinda makes yer leg look like a manikin's!

Carry on.

Captain...or Skully

Dec 5, 2013 - 01:44pm PT
Hope your recovery is going well bro.

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Dec 5, 2013 - 02:00pm PT
So glad to see that thing is mending Ammon. So since you made this thing public with showing that vid and this thread, can I ask a question?

Were you ever thinking you might die...for even just a moment....or were you in robot survival mode, like "I got this...I got this...just keep it cool and do the job that has to be done...."

Or did you mentally and emotionally start to process that you might bleed out and die right there. And what was that like? Were you ready for it? Were you scared? Were you peaceful? I love talking about this stuff with my patients who have had similar experiences. No big if you don't want to share here, but many of us don't live through such events to share with others what it was like. Thanks man.

(by the gotta admit that a wooden peg would have been kinda cool)

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Dec 5, 2013 - 03:43pm PT
Were you ever thinking you might die...for even just a moment....or were you in robot survival mode, like "I got this...I got this...just keep it cool and do the job that has to be done...."

I was in complete robot survival mode on the ledge and didn't let any negative thoughts enter by mind. All of the experience of many, many days/hours on super scary aid leads kicked in full force. I knew what I had to do and systematically went to work. After I applied the tourniquet and elevated my leg, I started working on getting my rig off, because I knew they would just cut it off when the rescue paramedics got to me. When I ran out of things to do, I started filming.

When I was in the helicopter I started feeling like I was leaving this world. That was the scariest part for me. I thought the heli was still sitting in Moab and I was VERY concerned that we weren't going to make it to the hospital in time before I died. The flight nurse told me we were almost there, I craned my neck and saw the city lights and realized we were setting down on top of the hospital. I was completely out of it by this time with the pain meds but remembered being very calm and knowing that I was going to survive and just about in good hands with the docs.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Dec 5, 2013 - 03:49pm PT
Amazing. Ammon you're an inspiration for any of us who get hurt and are dealing with the aftermath of our mistakes. Hats off to you brother.


Trad climber
East Coast US
Dec 5, 2013 - 03:53pm PT
Looks like another man down in Moab!

Did that fellow take out that hanging flake with his nuts? What bad luck. The rest of that wall looks fairly flat and without major features.

...BASE jumper was injured in a separate accident on Sunday, Nov. 24, according to a news release from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. Thayer Healey, 33, of Newark, Ohio, was seriously injured during a BASE jump at Wall Street on state Route 313.

Healey was the third of three people who had jumped at the area that morning, sheriff’s officials said. When he made his jump at about 12:30 p.m., he experienced a problem that caused him to strike the cliff wall, the news release stated.

Healey fell and tumbled 150 to 200 feet before landing at the base of the cliff near the roadway, sheriff’s officials said. He was transported by ambulance to Moab Regional Hospital with serious injuries.

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
Dec 5, 2013 - 04:04pm PT
Sure looks like he did! Ouch! unless they're case hardened steel ones (see: Pirate). It looks like a classic case of why, when moving through the environment whether on skis, a mountain bike, on foot, or in the air, you do NOT want to stare at something bad to hit. You want to look where you want to go, not at that onrushing tree. From the footage, it looked like this guy was staring at that flake for hundreds of feet - it's right in the middle of the image - and sure enough, crunch. Obviously pretty soft for rock, but still, that'll leave a mark.

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Dec 5, 2013 - 05:19pm PT
Very cool Ammon. Thanks for the reply. I assumed you must have been in full on wartime "automated survival" mode. Thanks for sharing your journey with the tribe. I hope that sandstone jumper is doing ok. That was terrible to watch.

Social climber
Colorado Plateau
Dec 5, 2013 - 05:21pm PT
Damn! Good work on being proactive and actively participating in your own rescue. You are the definition of hard.
donald perry

Trad climber
kearny, NJ
Dec 7, 2013 - 04:03pm PT
Let me know if you need anything Ammon.

We will do our best to help you!


Social climber
Dec 7, 2013 - 05:03pm PT
hey there say, ammon... good to hear the update... :)

yep, don't step too much, too soon... :)

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Dec 8, 2013 - 12:22pm PT
i call these my mcneelys.

i blew them out in a high-angle
logging accident.
shoved the spur thru my flared
boot-cut cuff.

i don't have the video
where im strung out
and apologizing to my mom
for destroying the pants,
but it is relevant.

here's the initial wound,
mostly open still,
though the mend has begun.
Credit: Norwegian
a pant surgeon,
Credit: Norwegian
i got this graft from the
mustang ranch, me and this
girl got flamboyant in our
undress and some of her
material came home with me.
Credit: Norwegian

the finnish product,
in honor of the great
el cap pirate.
Credit: Norwegian
hows my asse look in these
gems, ladies?
Credit: Norwegian
by the wayside,
mr. pirate, sir.
this light-hearted theatre
celebrating your horrific
injury is a playful
attempt at sending you
healing vibrations
thru the emotionshpere
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