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By Jonathan Stickel
From Golden, CO
Jun 15, 2013
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.


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By Colorado Mountain School
Jun 15, 2013

Great to hear from you Jonathan!! We're all sooo happy to hear that you are doing well!!


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By Tom-o Sapien
Jun 15, 2013
Conky and I confront Patrick Swayze

Wishing you a speedy recovery Jonathan!
+1 for the helmet and camelback.
Both have saved my arse endo-ing on my mtn bike.


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By ErikaNW
Jun 15, 2013
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.

www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_23468364/big-meadow-fire->>>


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By john bissell
Jun 15, 2013

Accidents happen. Glad you lived through yours. I wish you a speedy and full recovery.


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By Norse Force
From Front Range CO
Jun 15, 2013

So glad you are here to tell the story. Heal up quick.


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By Sean Nelb
From Grand Junction, CO
Jun 17, 2013
Some Like it Hot (5.12b). Devils Tower, WY

You made the NPS Morning Report for today.


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