hiac wrote:Thank you for your write up. Glad you are recovering. If you don't mind, I have some questions:
1) you mentioned:
I did ask them to reattach my tendon since I was worried it might shrink and lose elasticity.
later you said:
I was still half asleep but I also heard him say he did not reattach the tendon. I now realize this was best
is reattach good or bad?
2) you down climb the cliff, is it Class 3 or 4? is it slippery or lose rock?
3) do you need to buy extra insurance (besides your medical insurance) to cover helicopter rescue mission?
4) did you receive any Wilderness First Aid Training & Courses (such as from REI)? bring any first aid kits? Every time when I pack, I struggle on what first aid kits to bring.
5) do you ever have any thought that you will not make it? panic, recording will?
6) how do you prepare for the shelter for the night, in case no one come?
7) is it better to lower the backpacker first? in other word, backpacker cause the in-balance?
Hope you recover soon!
in that youtube video, 2:24, someone are naked there?
I'm glad that the hospital at Merced didn't reattach the tendon because I preferred to have that done at a hospital closer to home and with a trusted surgeon.
Cliff was class 3. It was slippery, solid rock.
Helicopter rescue was operated by CHP Air Operations. No bill.
I haven't taken any wilderness first aid training courses. I do carry a first aid kit but nothing in it could have addressed my injuries.
I never thought that I wouldn't make it. No panic at all. Plus I was thinking Hobbes was coming down the same way the next day so would look out for him.
I had my backpack with me so was prepared to pull out my sleeping bag if necessary. Also, the lake below me didn't seem too far. I still had one good leg and one good arm so wasn't totally immobile.
My backpack had nothing to do with the fall. I wasn't careful and just slipped unexpectedly.
The CHP Air Ops crew wore tan/beige uniforms.