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happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Feb 24, 2014 - 02:12pm PT
Look at the psychedelic owl in the tower at the side. He's watching and thinking "Man...wish I could fly!'
wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
Feb 24, 2014 - 02:14pm PT
Can't keep a good monkey down!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Feb 24, 2014 - 02:24pm PT
Best way to RAP a route ive ever seen in my life. Ammon the MANNON....
Ottawa Doug

Social climber
Ottawa, Canada
Feb 24, 2014 - 06:07pm PT
All I can say is WOW!
Amazing recovery by an amazing dude!

Cheers,
Doug
WBraun

climber
Feb 24, 2014 - 07:34pm PT
Ammon is fuking goddd !!!!!
pc

climber
Jun 18, 2014 - 07:45am PT
Speaking of Ammon...

Did anyone see the final episode of Fargo last night, the one where Billy Bob Thornton reset the bone in his leg. Reminded me of the El Cap Pirate...

He'd make a great assassin? ;)

Cheers,
Gerg

Trad climber
Calgary
Jun 18, 2014 - 11:28am PT
^^ i have yet to see new Fargo, it is all filmed in Calgary and area, many places near my workplace.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jun 18, 2014 - 11:39am PT
Ammon is not a flopping soccer player.
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Jun 27, 2014 - 12:43am PT
I thought I'd give a little update for those who don't follow me on Facebook:

Lots of ups and downs this year for The Pirate. After we climbed the King Fisher I climbed the Sun Devil Chimney, on the Titan, with several partners. I first started out with my good buddy Dave Campbell and his friend from work, Max.

Hiking a load to the Titan
Hiking a load to the Titan
Credit: Kresta Christensen

The Titan
The Titan
Credit: ElCapPirate


I let them push the rope the first couple of pitches while I tried to give my ankle a rest. They eventually ran out of time and had to go back to work, so I recruited The Larry. I really didn't want to lead the 5.9r free climbing pitch, but I ended up with it because Larry got a little sick that day.

The Larry
The Larry
Credit: ElCapPirate

Larry had to work the next day so I got the one and only Renan Ozturk for the next mission. We had three more pitches to the top. I led the 5th pitch without too much trouble and was psyched to have a partner take the sharp end... except when Renan saw the 6th pitch, he wasn't psyched. I ended up taking the lead again and Renan took the last fun little chimney to the top.

Renan on the summit of the Titan
Renan on the summit of the Titan
Credit: ElCapPirate

Flying the Jolly Roger
Flying the Jolly Roger
Credit: Renan Ozturk

The summit was glorious!! One thing that was disturbing was an open and empty summit register. Later we brought up a replacement.

We had lines fixed to the ground and Dave came back for the grand finale, us jumping off. Lovely, Kresta Christensen was part of the team, as well. A couple good friends, Matt and Richard planned to do the first wingsuit BASE jumps off, and was also helping with support. We had the most amazing party on top, even had a fire.

The monkeys are raging!
The monkeys are raging!
Credit: Dave Campbell

Beautiful way to wake up
Beautiful way to wake up
Credit: Dave Campbell

Richard Webb: First wingsuit BASE jump off the Titan
Richard Webb: First wingsuit BASE jump off the Titan
Credit: ElCapPirate

The Flight of the Titan
The Flight of the Titan
Credit: ElCapPirate

After that mission I chilled for two solid weeks. Painted...

Credit: ElCapPirate

Hung out with my son, Austin...

Jam'n with Austin
Jam'n with Austin
Credit: ElCapPirate

I was climbing 2-3 times a week, getting out hiking and doing some jumping. Butt sliding it a lot on my landings to protect my leg. Life was getting back to normal and I was more than thrilled to be back.

City of Rocks
City of Rocks
Credit: Haley Dahle

Strapping up for a hike up Willards canyon to jump
Strapping up for a hike up Willards canyon to jump
Credit: ElCapPirate

Memorial jump video:

http://vimeo.com/97625794

My leg was feeling great! I was dealing with lots of swelling but figured it was just from being active on it. Up to this point I was doing jumps here and there, but not really pushing it by doing laps. It was time for the Perrine bridge in Twin Falls, ID.

2-way with Patrick
2-way with Patrick
Credit: Luanne Horting

Lots of crutch jumps!

Flying with a crutch
Flying with a crutch
Credit: ElCapPirate

Crutch jump!
Crutch jump!
Credit: Ray McCormick

More chill'n, playing the guitar, writing and painting...

Change
Change
Credit: ElCapPirate

I eventually went down and celebrated life with a few hundred unsavory BASE characters in Las Vegas. The memories I do have of the three day bender are mind blowing and can't be shared here. ;-)

Some of the best people in the world!
Some of the best people in the world!
Credit: ElCapPirate

Hank Caylor
Hank Caylor
Credit: BunBun

Deaf Shaun
Deaf Shaun
Credit: ElCapPirate

Had a little fun in the desert on our way back home.

Desert fun!
Desert fun!
Credit: ElCapPirate

My Jolly Roger canopy showed up in the mail.

Thank you everyone who donated for this amazing canopy
Thank you everyone who donated for this amazing canopy
Credit: ElCapPirate

So...

Selfie!
Selfie!
Credit: ElCapPirate

Hoist the Jolly Roger!!
Hoist the Jolly Roger!!
Credit: Treehouse Mike

At this point I started noticing my leg looked a little crooked. The swelling never went away and there was a little more pain than usual. I kept shrugging it off until I was getting more comments about it and eventually went in for an x-ray. This is what they found:

Before and after... broken hardware!
Before and after... broken hardware!
Credit: ElCapPirate

No wonder the swelling never went down and wondered how long it had been broken like this. I really didn't think I was being too hard on it and the doc agreed that the bones should have healed by now. They did a bunch of blood work and ruled out infection. Got more x-rays and got a few opinions from different docs. It was obvious they were going to have to do more surgeries to fix it, so I snuck a little more fun in:

Belaying my friend, Haley
Belaying my friend, Haley
Credit: Haley Dahle

Birthday tracking jump with Pat and Kat
Birthday tracking jump with Pat and Kat
Credit: ElCapPirate

Birthday Selfie
Birthday Selfie
Credit: ElCapPirate

So, I got most of the metal taken out two Monday's ago on the 16th. They couldn't get a couple of broken screws out, they said it wasn't a big deal to leave them embedded into my bone. The next step was to start rebuilding it after the swelling went down from them taking everything out.

Yesterday I found out the game changed quite a bit. I've got an infection called Propionibacterium Acnes. It's a common bacteria that's on every healthy humans skin, but it's not supposed to grow in your bones. It really likes metal and collects around it. Slow growing but a nasty little bugger to get rid of. It prevents bone healing, induces swelling and deteriorates bone tissue. So, that's why it took so long for the hardware to fail and this is actually a pretty common scenario with plated bones. It eventually got weak enough that it just sluffed off.

Tomorrow I go back into surgery so they can remove the rest of the metal, scrape my bones and cut anything out that looks dead. They say I don't stand a chance if there's any metal in there. They will also install an external fixator so the bones don't keep slipping and a picc line so I can inject my own antibiotics for the next six weeks.

Rocky seas for the Pirate... BUT, I will prevail.

Yaaaaarrr!!!!

Lasti

Trad climber
Budapest
Jun 27, 2014 - 02:36am PT
"Rocky seas for the Pirate... "

No sh!t Pirate, that sounds gnarly - but a walk in the park compared to the original injury.

Your unwavering stoke is inspiring.

Here's to a fast healing.

Lasti
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Jun 27, 2014 - 06:15am PT
You will prevail. Good luck today!

DMT
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jun 27, 2014 - 06:43am PT
Seems a few storms on a long journey are to be expected although it doesn't make them any more pleasant. Pulling for ya today and hoping it all turns out well and your downtime is minimal.
tinker b

climber
the commonwealth
Jun 27, 2014 - 06:44am PT
geez ammon!!!!
good thoughts heading your way. i love the base jumping with a crutch, the new jolly roger, and that your doc didn't think you were over doing it. are you facebook friends?
big love, jo-lynne
jonnyrig

climber
Jun 27, 2014 - 08:36am PT
Good luck with the healing!
Lanthade

climber
Jun 27, 2014 - 09:12am PT
Your picc nurse should tell you this, but don't forget to take the injection med out of the fridge at least 30 minutes prior to injection. Fridge temp drugs going into a central blood vessel is mighty unpleasant. I mean, hell, you've been through a lot worse, but no need for unnecessary pain.
snakefoot

climber
cali
Jun 27, 2014 - 09:15am PT
lets hear it for the man, way to get after it. you can see the lack of healing involving the fibula and the callous of bone along the margins due to the motion. you broke the fibular plate and tibial screws from having too much fun, classic. the lateral joint space at the tibial talar articulation remains widened. hard to not move around i'm sure, but you will have to take it easy to allow this to heal... keep it up pirate, sweet canopy.
madbolter1

Big Wall climber
Denver, CO
Jun 27, 2014 - 10:40am PT
I'm jealous that you got to camp on top! When I was there it was blowing like 60 mph and gusty. I was pretty quickly ready to head down.

The missing register is indeed disturbing! I really enjoyed leafing through it (shielding it from the wind). Sadly, a replacement can't recapture that history and notes.

GOOD on ya for such an amazing recovery! You da man!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 27, 2014 - 10:48am PT
hey there say, ammon... been keeping with the facebook, but been slow online, due to lots of yard work and helping an elderly lady, out here, get a few places...

thanks for the update...

wow, as to this:

Yesterday I found out the game changed quite a bit. I've got an infection called Propionibacterium Acnes. It's a common bacteria that's on every healthy humans skin, but it's not supposed to grow in your bones. It really likes metal and collects around it. Slow growing but a nasty little bugger to get rid of. It prevents bone healing, induces swelling and deteriorates bone tissue. So, that's why it took so long for the hardware to fail and this is actually a pretty common scenario with plated bones. It eventually got weak enough that it just sluffed off.

did not see that part, yet...

whewwwww... sending out prayers, along with my good cheers for the healing...


us 'moms' of the world, of course, are always glad when 'kids' of the world, stop the fun for just a bit and get WELL, :))


extra note:
wow, this is a really full and rich neat update..,. great adventure and pics of your love of life, and embracing it...


after you embrace the rest of the healing, you will be twice as RICH
IN IT ALL...

god blesss... :)
crunch

Social climber
CO
Jun 27, 2014 - 11:02am PT
Nice report/update, sorry to hear of the ongoing rough seas.... I'd have happily joined you for finishing up the Sundevil if I'd been around at the right time.

Sounds like you need to slow down and chill for a while so the leg can mend and you can clear the infection. All the best!
Jim Clipper

climber
from: forests to tree farms
Jun 27, 2014 - 11:03am PT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQOaLP-qPmk&feature=kp
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