|By Royal |
From Henderson, NV
Oct 2, 2013
Today I hurt myself for the first time climbing in 5 years. In Red Rocks (my local crag) I was trying to redpoint Caustic Cock (5.11b) - my proj. I led it, falling at the second and fourth bolts. When I went for my second redpoint attempt 40 minutes later I fell at the third bolt when I failed to get a stance capable of clipping the bolt - aka I fucked up. I fell quite a ways for a sport route since the third bolt was at my waist and I hadn't clipped it. My feet landed flat on the slab below and I did a number on my right ankle. Time will tell how bad is.
Anyway, the climbers around my at the crag were amazing. Christian and Troy taped up my ankle, let my borrow their trekking poles to get to the car, and gave me Advil. The Canadian couple (sorry I can't remember your names =) climbing retrieved my partners draws, gave my a homeopathic remedy, and inspected my ankle (she was a nurse).
My partner, who I met on mtnproj, was awesome and encouraging the entire time. Thanks Jason! I'm super thankful. I could have picked a better place to get hurt or a better crowd to do it around. Climbers are amazing! much love