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Topic - Fallen? Fractured something? Cam fear?

Jon James - on 28 Aug 2013
Afternoon all.

I don't get onto the forum much but I find myself with a little time on my hand so thought I would take the time to tell a tale and ask some questions.

A week ago today I fell.
I was climbing at Stanage Edge and my head just wasn't right, I had dropped a few grades and had still decided to back off the simple route I was on. I was in a chimney and decided to lower off my gear from around 5+ meters, bad move.
The cam I was lowering from popped out and the next thing I know I'm hitting the ground. I did have another cam in that caught and slightly reduced the impact. This may have massively reduced my injuries. The fall resulted in me smashing my calcaneus (heel bone) in my right foot, but the rest of me survived unscathed.

So here I am a week later, immobile, bored and waiting to see the fracture specialists tomorrow for further information. I expect an operation and hope to be climbing again within three to six months if I'm lucky.

This has brought several questions to my mind.

1. Have I now got cam fear, will I trust them again? Maybe I can find a course on placement and use.

2. Has anyone else fractured their calcaneum, how long did your recovery take?

Or just share your story...

Answers on a postcard to Jon at Bored Stupid, Hurty Lane, Bumsville.
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