What does this video and my weekend have in common? Watch the video, read the description, look at the picture, then find out!
So I had an ambitious weekend agenda that I was going to photograph, write about, and publish here. But then at about 11:30am on Saturday, while skiing a warm-up run in-bounds with some clients at Alpine Meadows, I caught an inside ski on a tree run and was launched down the hill - and right into a tree. I caught the trunk across my lower back, from my left toward the center.
The pain was excruciating - I didn't think I could get out of the tree well by myself at first, and my clients helped drag me out feet first, trying to protect my back as much as we could. Afterwards, standing there, I knew things weren't OK, but my clients had a rough and rocky start to their guided day (that's why we were still warming up at 11:30), so I called my supervisor and told him to get dressed and meet us at the bottom of the Summit Chair.
I managed to ski down under my own power and the watchful eye of a ski patroller who really wanted me to be on a backboard and a sled. Sander met me at the First Aid room to get a pass-down and my avalanche transceiver. As I walked in, I could feel my trousers getting tighter from the swelling along my left flank.
So I had to find something to write about, and I came across these two videos instead. Recovering is remarkably fast - on Saturday its was hard to tie my own shoes, on Sunday I stayed home and used a cane to move around, and by the end of yesterday I didn't feel like I needed the cane. I'm going to try to go skiing today!
tree skiing = accident,
accident = no report about my own adventures,
no report of my own = videos of other peoples adventures instead.
Thanks to Will Gadd and Martin Volken for supplying the adventure! Cheers
Photos: Taken by Patsy on Monday morning. Pretty, eh?