Album: Gunsight Canyon & The Incident

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10/16/2010 10:03:51 AM
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. 
10/16/2010 11:08:16 AM
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). 
10/16/2010 2:33:19 PM
Me shortly before helicopter short haul extraction. 
10/16/2010 2:35:27 PM
James? rappelled down to me. Helicopter lowered a cable and pulled us off the exposed face. 
10/16/2010 2:39:33 PM
NPS Helicopter moving into position for extraction 
10/16/2010 2:43:06 PM
10/16/2010 2:52:12 PM
First look at the leg with socks off. Still feeling very little pain at this point (thankfully). 
10/16/2010 3:02:49 PM
Inside the helicopter 
10/16/2010 3:06:50 PM
Down the gunsight and then a left turn into Heaps Canyon 
10/16/2010 3:07:30 PM
LZ on a side road near the visitor center 
10/16/2010 4:11:21 PM
Inside the ambulance. Maybe it's only sprained? 
10/17/2010 12:43:28 PM
Next morning in the hospital after Saturday evening surgery.