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Broke my ankle halfway down the Grand Canyon on Saturday. Got flown out by helicopter just before sunset the same day and spent most of the night at the hospital in Flagstaff.  Made our way back to the South Rim the next day, then back to Las Vegas and then home.  I'm heartbroken but incredibly grateful for the help we got; things could have been a lot worse.

We were about 5 miles in on the Tanner, one of the more rugged trails on the eastern side of the South Rim.  We were on the switchbacks descending the Redwall when I slipped.  I heard it crack.  We were extremely lucky and had other hikers nearby -- doesn't happen often on the Tanner -- who helped me get to a flat area where we could camp and agreed to contact rangers as soon as they got to the rim.  We were prepared to spend the night and had just finished dinner when we heard the chopper.  They're pretty amazing -- landed that bird on a flat area the size of a large dining room table.

I've been really pleasantly surprised by how helpful the "corporate" entities have been -- Delta airlines found us two seats on a sold-out flight home, Xanterra found us a room at the South Rim, and Flagstaff medical center got us a hotel room and taxi transportation, all on a very busy Easter weekend.  (Ironically, it's been my primary care doctor's office that have been total boneheads.)

My son and I at the trailhead:


Trail through the wash:


Overlook at the top of the Redwall where we stopped for lunch:


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Yikes!  That's the kind of thing I fear most on the trail.  I'm sorry your trip was cut short and I hope you heal fast.
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So sorry to hear about your mishap, but I hope that you're on the road to recovery. You certainly got some great pictures before things went bad.

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I am sorry to hear that.  I am sure it was scary, both for you and your son, until you realized others would be of help.  I am glad it wasn't worse for you.  

Having been the beneficiary of one of those chopper rides, and the graciousness of the lodges finding housing, I totally understand where you are coming from.  Sometimes we are frustrated with the Park system, and then there are times like this that makes us wonder how they manage at all.  They are truly wonderful people.

Hope you heal quickly.  I will be going down Hermit on the 13th.  I will try to bring back a better TR.  :)  

ETA:  What kind of shoes / boots were you wearing?  I only ask to add fuel to the fire that it really doesn't matter what kind of boot or shoe you wear.  Ankle support with boots is not that helpful when it comes to injuries like this.


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Very sorry you were hurt.  I hope you mend fast, with little pain, and completely heal.  

Nice pics.

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Glad to hear you're OK.  Nice pics
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Ouch!  How are your ankles now?  Speedy recovery!!

Good pics.  BTW, if you told us the photo was your son and his gf -- we would believe it.


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Get well soon. Now you can add Helicopter ride to your list of adventures if it was not already there

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Yikes.  Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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Sorry about your accident!  Glad that there were others nearby to offer assistance and that you got airlifted out in short order.  Heal quickly!

Oh, nice pics too!


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I'm sorry to hear about the injury. Hope the ankle heals quickly.

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Yikes! I winced as soon as I read that you broke an ankle. It's something we all think won't happen and also think we would be prepared for. (I'm wondering now if the ace bandage I bring along would do any good at all. Except for helping put a stint on.)

Those hikers nearby were a blessing and their actions meant you wouldn't have to spend the night on an exposed trail. The helicopter arrival before nightfall must have been quite a relief. And the excellent care and attention you got says a lot about the support in place for such an emergency.

Now, both you and your son have a unique story to tell.

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Thanks for the well wishes.  Downloading the pictures today made me so sad.

I saw an orthopedic surgeon here in Ann Arbor yesterday and got more x-rays.  Tibia's clearly fractured at the ankle but the ankle wasn't compromised, so no need for surgery unless that changes.  I'm in a cast (maize 'n blue for Michigan in the Final Four -- Go Blue!!  :)  ) and hobbling around on crutches.

I was wearing trail runners, Montrail Bajadas.  Not quite a minimalist shoe but pretty lightweight.  I broke my ankle because I slipped (and broke the back leg, not the lead one.)  Tanner is really steep and really loose.  A boot may have saved me, not for its "ankle support" but if it had bigger lugs and better traction.  On the other hand, a big stiff boot makes me less nimble, so it could have meant a more catastrophic fall instead of just a slip.  Hard to say.  

Even with 8 days of food and 3L of water, both of our packs were under 30lb (each, obviously) and temps were in that perfect mid-60's range.  So, conditions were about as good as they could be and we were feeling great.  It really was just a stupid little slip.  I'm still kicking myself.


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I'm wondering now if the ace bandage I bring along would do any good at all. Except for helping put a stint on.

I had a small roll of athletic tape (1", I think) and maybe 5ft of duct tape, all what I usually carry in my first-aid/emergency kit.  The first thing I did was take my shoe and sock off and tape my ankle with the athletic tape.  Put my socks/shoe back on and splinted my ankle with my crocs (one on each side) and duct tape.  Then propped 4 ibuprofen.

With that in place, I was able to hobble, butt-scoot and be half-carried down the last 50-feet or so of switchbacks without falling apart.  That took almost an hour, I think.

We expected to spend the night there.  We had started with 3L of water each and still had half of it left. One of the hikers gave us an extra quart of water for insurance, so we had a gallon of water.  My son pitched the tarp so we'd have shade and blew up our pads, so we were comfortable.  Couldn't argue with the location.

Ironically, once we were picked up and I didn't have to worry about conserving water, they wouldn't let me drink any in case I needed surgery...  I realized later that I didn't pee for 12 hours straight.


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Looks like a "full-contact" type of trail but as you say, could have been worse.  Seems things worked out.  The thing to do now is concentrate on healing properly and getting ready for your next adventure.  

For those who've never been there, the helicopters are always flying in the GC but could be for moving large pieces are infrastructure as well as first aid.


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I hope you heal fast. The pictures showed a challanging hike. I hope you get to go back and finish it.
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                           Nice pics...and hope you have a speedy recovery.



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Sorry to hear of the accident, glad to hear your son and others were there to help.  Hope you heal fast, but more importantly - well.   :)
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Wish you a speedy recovery, glad the doc said it isn't worse.

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Yikes, yeah, that looks like quite the trail.  Glad you got out okay!  The Canyon will still be there for the next hike...

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Damn, I'm sorry!  Major bummer, and no fun at all.  Glad it didn't turn out worse, and that your son didn't have to go solo to get you help or anything.  Heal well!

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Ouch !! Sounds like you definitely had a nice bit of luck after the accident. Heal fast, The Canyon will only be deeper the next time you get back.

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I heard about your accident and I am so sorry.  That totally sucks.
You strike me as someone who will recover quickly and be back out there asap.
I can't think of anything that I can do to help, but if you think of something, let me know!   :)


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It's only a flesh wound. :p



Seriously, best of luck to you, and as reuben pointed out, I hope you heal well.  In the meantime, I'm still pretty sure it beats a day in the office.


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Well, no question that if I a going to break my leg, I'd rather do it in the GC than the office. . .maybe.  As long as a nice rescue is as convenient as it proved!

ETA: I think that what I mean is, I'd rather be telling the tale of having broken it in the GC than of having done so slipping on the wet floor by the water cooler.


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Hope you heal fast and at 100%.

It is so easy to slip on those trails in the GC. Been there, done that!
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What was your son's reaction at the time of the accident?

Freaked or calm?
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Wow, that is a bummer, indeed.  Having hiked some of the more challenging trails in the Grand Canyon, I can understand how easily it can happen.  You'll heal quickly and be back in the Grand Canyon in no time.

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First good Trip Report out of you in awhile and you come apart  :D

Heal well and get some time to have more trips to share.

This is from a guy who smashed a finger in car door three weeks ago in haste to go back and get the map case forgotten in the apartment.  Good news was the first aid kit had just been re-stocked and in reach. Worse part, the windows were still frosted over and had to be scraped before I could head to the ER and get four stiches. Two hours later, still got trail for the day.


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