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Re: Rick Kent injured canyoneering in Zion

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  • tanya
    http://www.rickkent.net/ViewerPlus/viewphoto.aspx?ID=131443 How can you look so happy in this! The caption says Me shortly before helicopter short haul
    Message 1 of 4 , Oct 29, 2010


      How can you look so happy in this!  The caption says
      "Me shortly before helicopter short haul extraction."

      --- In Zion_National_Park_Hiking@yahoogroups.com, "tanya" <thunderbirdmail@...> wrote:
      > Wow!!!! How horrible!!!! [:O]
      > --- In Zion_National_Park_Hiking@yahoogroups.com, "explore_your_planet"
      > explore_your_planet@ wrote:
      > >
      > > Sad news from a friend canyoneering in Zion. :(
      > >
      > > By the looks of injury he is likely still in St George hospital and I
      > am sure would really appreciate some visitors and emails of support
      > though this healing process.
      > >
      > > Much thanks,
      > > Donnie B.
      > >
      > > From his website (www.rickkent.net) *warning graphic pictures.
      > >
      > > Had a great time in Englestead Canyon on Friday. Saturday not so good.
      > At the 1st rap into Gunsight Canyon a huge boulder next to the rappel
      > station decided to roll loose and I was in the way. The good news is
      > that I managed not to fall 200 feet down the exposed face. Bad news is
      > my lower left leg was crushed resulting in numerous fractures. Since we
      > hadn't yet completed the 1st rap Darija was able to go for help as I sat
      > in a precarious position. NPS SAR decided to bring in a chopper and used
      > a short haul lift to pull me and my rescuer off the face. At the
      > hospital in St George it took a plate and 9 screws to reattach all the
      > fractured pieces. The foot surgery went about as well as could be
      > expected though one or two things couldn't be salvaged. The drive home
      > from St George yesterday was miserable. Pain seems to be coming under
      > control today finally. I'll be on crutches for a couple months. I'm not
      > sure how long it will take before I can get back to hiking. Right now
      > I'm really just thankful that the rock didn't kill me. I easily could
      > have fallen 200 feet to my death. Guess that's about all for now. I need
      > to get back to some rest.
      > >
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