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14337RE: [Hammock Camping] Marta sighting in Maine!

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  • Ed Speer
    Jul 7, 2006
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      Wow Rick, glad to hear Marta is doing well. But sorry to hear about your
      fall-it couldn't have been much fun walking with that spiral fracture!
      Guess that screws up a lot of things-but at least now you have the perfect
      excuse to stay home & be a couch potato for the rest of the summer. In 01,
      I remember meeting an equally unlucky hiker who'd also taken a nasty fall in
      the Wilderness & was holed up in one of the shelters hoping to recover
      enough to walk out. He had a serious head injury & other hikers left food
      for him & his two companions-since I never heard otherwise, I'm guessing he
      made it out OK. Where did you come out? If it was only 5 miles, you were
      lucky. Although it may not sound like much comfort right now, it's good to
      know you were able to rely on your own skills & abilities after an
      experience like that. And now you'll have plenty of time to plan your next

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      From: hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com]
      On Behalf Of Rick
      Sent: Friday, July 07, 2006 2:17 PM
      To: hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [Hammock Camping] Marta sighting in Maine!

      I was up in Maine this week and saw Marta Clark at Abol Bridge. She had
      finished hiking Katahdin, lost her hiking partner to the drop out
      disease, and was wound up about entering the 100 mile wilderness.

      I had originally hoped to see her in the middle of the wilderness,
      hiking the other direction. Unfortunately, I took a bad fall about 20
      miles north of Monson and had to limp out and find a ride after a 5 mile
      hike. I then got on my motorcycle and drove the 90 miles back to Abol
      Bridge and my truck. Then I drove the 20 hours home (including an
      overnight stay in Augusta ME)

      The x-ray shows that I have a spiral fracture of my left fibula, about
      an inch and a half long. No hiking for me over the next month! bummer!

      I also ran across a fellow (name forgotten) with a Speer Hammock and Pea
      Pod. He bought both from Marta at Ed's Booth at Trail days. He had
      dropped out of a northbound thru hike near Erwin with a stress fracture.
      When I saw him on the trail, he was 10 miles from completing the 100
      mile wilderness headed south. He is looking forward to a full
      southbound thruhike with a greatly improved foot.


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