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Jun 15, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Trad climbing at Shelf
Yesterday, 6/14/13, at about 2:30 pm, I took a leader Fall near the top of the crux pitch of Sidetrack. In retrospect, I was off route, further left the the usual exit, on bulbous rock that was hard to protect. I don't remember falling. My partner and witnesses (CMS guide and client) say my top three pieces popped, I inverted, and fell ~40 ft, bouncing off the rock as I came down. I regained consciousness after they got me settled safely on a ledge near the belay. The first thing I noticed was vomit in my helmet. Then it was many hours of being assisted down by the CMS and RMNP guides, a helicopter short haul (they tell me very unusual for RMNP; it was only because there was one in the area looking at the fire), and ambulance ride to the Estes Park Medical center.

I am recovering fine. I definitely had a concussion, but no other head or spinal injuries. I need to have my foot looked at now to make sure it is not broken. My helmet saved my life! I was also wearing a camel back that blew out during the fall, which probably protected my spine.

Thanks to my partner, the CMS guide, all the RMNP guides, and medical crew that helped me safely off the wall and performed necessary medical treatment.
Jonathan Stickel
From Golden, CO
Joined Sep 11, 2009
68 points
Jun 15, 2013
Great to hear from you Jonathan!! We're all sooo happy to hear that you are doing well!! Colorado Mountain School
Joined Sep 8, 2007
101 points
Jun 15, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Leashless bliss. 3 points of contact
Wishing you a speedy recovery Jonathan!
+1 for the helmet and camelback.
Both have saved my arse endo-ing on my mtn bike.
From trollfreesociety
Joined Feb 15, 2010
810 points
Jun 15, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Rapping off the Matron October, 2010
Glad to hear your injuries weren't worse! Thought you might like to see the Denver Post article if you haven't already.
Joined Sep 28, 2010
152 points
Jun 15, 2013
Accidents happen. Glad you lived through yours. I wish you a speedy and full recovery. john bissell
Joined Jul 19, 2004
4 points
Jun 15, 2013
So glad you are here to tell the story. Heal up quick. Norse Force
From Nederland, CO
Joined Nov 6, 2012
1 points
Jun 17, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Some Like it Hot (5.12b). Devils Tower, WY
You made the NPS Morning Report for today. Sean Nelb
From Grand Junction, CO
Joined Apr 27, 2007
414 points

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