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Macca badly injured - fund raiser 25-Jun-2020 At 2:04:37 PM Macciza
Yep, unfortunately I am often quite comfortable when runout, depending on difficulty, terrain, angle, etc ... I certainly was particularly worried on the day as the climbing was quite fun an not really challenging so falling was the furthest thing from my mind .. I was picking the weakness, the easiest path to the next spot that appeared to provide protection and/or a good stance, running it out for a few body lengths between each placement.
A few body lengths out to a good stance from some ok gear was where I finally ended up but unfinished gear was to be found, but a single simple move of no real concern should have got me to a good horizontal but alas I never got there .
No gear pulled whatsoever even though one or two bits may have been 50/50 ... canít recall exactly which piece caught me but it may have been a 50/50 sideways but in shallow pocket... will have to check with Zac or the few photos he took when he cleaned it afterwards..
I can replay sections of the climb up but not all as it wasnít particularly memorable but the replay did allow me to remember the occasional moment when the etrier snagged briefly but I ignored it for whatever reason... I can replay from the moment I realised I was falling but not the actual exact moment that I came off... I called Ďfalling Ď and saw Zac and Hugh at the belay, then looked down and realised it was probably going to end up bad but was not particularly scared at all ... more a mood of resignation to the fact that Ďthis could really hurtí... next is just a memory of tumbling, I donít think I recall any actual point of impact as things are happening pretty fast by this point.. next Iím hanging semi inverted and I look up at my right foots sole and it flopping about very loosely, then reaching up to grab it with both hands, upon which my left wrist explodes with pain and I notice a bone sticking out my left ankle ... at this point I realised I really f---ed up and am seriously injured and will need rescue. Yell out to Zac and Hugh and then holding right foot with right hand get lowered ... can then remember most of what happened until Amboís arrive etc.
Strangely it doesnít really bother me and is pretty much the same every time .. easier to visualise with eyes closed but can still have mental image and feeling with eyes open such as now as I type this ... the only thing that could have perhaps saved me was if the moment of the fall was not so instantaneous which may have allowed me to jump backwards more in order to clear the rock below but oh well ... what happened is what happened, thereís no way to change that now ... Que Sera, Sera... what will Be will be

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