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How I broke my back: Cliff jumping at Horseshoe Lake

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Published on Jul 15, 2012

I jumped off a 15m/50ft* cliff at Horseshoe Lake near Jasper, Alberta and I broke my back upon landing. You can see in this clip taken by a co-worker, that another friend jumps before me and lands just fine. I jump later, after some encouragement, and land incorrectly on my butt and lower back. Ouch!

Turns out, I fractured my T11, T12 and L1 vertebrae. I'm currently in a back brace that I'll wear for two months, and in six months with lots of physiotherapy, I'll be back to my usual shenanigans, but with less risky cliff jumping. I feel like a superhuman because less than 24 hours after the injury, I was up and walking (slowly) around the emergency ward of the U of A hospital in Edmonton! Also, the doctors don't expect me to have any long-term consequences from this injury. Woohoo!!!

*If the time of my jump is calculated with the pull of gravity to find the height of the cliff, then the result is 15 metres, which is 50 feet. The water level does change throughout the year and therefore the cliff's height will vary, but the math proves it was 15m/50ft at on July 6th, 2012.

To get the full story, check out my blog: http://jasperdays.wordpress.com/2012/...

May 2013: I'm doing a lot better now and I appreciate the kind words some of you have left in the comments!

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