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Boulder Breaks, Little Rock Canyon, Provo, Utah

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Published on Aug 2, 2017

STORY: July 29, 2017. The low point of the rock breakage was about 10 feet high. The rock weighs approximately 300 lbs. The rock landed on my leg, but it must have had only an indirect, partial impact to my leg, because the falling weight/force would have been over 3,000 lbs. I had marked and overchalked the holds where I would grab before climbing. Slapping the sloper hold (8 second mark of the video) caused the chalk to puff up. Although I landed on my main crashpad, the rock landed on my lower leg. I immediately rolled it off. After a minute of intense pain, I looked down and saw a gash with an exposed perroneus longus tendon (photos at link below). There was blood, but it was not gushing or running out, so I didn’t have immediate concern for that. I tried standing up to see if I had any broken bones. It didn’t hurt any worse to stand or gently walk, so I moved down the trail, crab-walking over boulders or steep terrain when needed. After a minute or two of this, and having made my mind up that I wouldn’t need a rescue, I pulled out my phone to call my wife. I went to dial, but she called me at that same moment. I answered and said, “Don’t freak out, everything’s fine, but I've had an accident…” She asked if I needed a rescue/ride, and I replied I didn’t think so. I could either sit there and wait for an hour for help to arrive, or I could be at medical help before then. I didn’t think I had a broken bone, so I hiked the 1/4 mile back to the car. I was able to hike out and drive to care, but sustained a broken fibula, a laceration (6 stitches)with a partial tear of the perroneus longus tendon, and a roadrash scrape. Full story at http://www.bkclimbing.wordpress.com

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