Album: Gunsight Canyon & The Incident
- Outdoor Adventures
- Album Date
- 10/16/2010 12:00:00 AM
- Date Added
- 1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Heading down to the 1st rap into Gunsight Canyon (Zion National Park). Darija and I were attempting to go down Gunsight Canyon, cross Heaps, and exit via Issac Canyon.
Right next to the tree at rap #1 into Gunsight Canyon was a 3ft by 2ft boulder. As I worked myself under the tree to the webbing anchor the boulder dislodged and rolled over my left ankle before I could jump out of the way. I stumbled down about 20 feet to some earth and bushes barely hanging onto the upper face. The pain was extreme and I knew instantly the foot was useless. It felt like it was just dangling from the end of my leg. It was also pointed toward the left. This was where I had to hang out for a few hours until help arrived. Fortunately Darija was able to get a call out from the West Rim within about 15 minutes from the time she left me. I'm not sure if it was the Ibuprofin I took but after about an hour I felt no pain which made me feel more optimistic (thankfully I didn't know how bad it really was).
Me shortly before helicopter short haul extraction.
James? rappelled down to me. Helicopter lowered a cable and pulled us off the exposed face.
NPS Helicopter moving into position for extraction
First look at the leg with socks off. Still feeling very little pain at this point (thankfully).
Down the gunsight and then a left turn into Heaps Canyon
Next morning in the hospital after Saturday evening surgery.