So what happened? I fell off a boulder problem at The Roaches in Staffordshire. I was only a few feet off the ground and decided I didn't need a spotter, I didn't expect to fall. Note to self - Always use available mate's to spot you and always expect to fall. I must admit I'm dissapointed my accident wasn't a little more epic for blog purposes at least. Possibly breaking a bone the size and shape of a cashew nut, from the height of a child's shoe box, doesn't make for very good reading I'm afraid. If I somehow make this story remotely interesting I will be awaiting a nomination for The Pulitzer prize. I'm actually embarrassed to write about such a small issue but as Facebook would ultimately reveal my injury, I thought I would get my side of the story in first. I am heroically (give me a break, I need that nomination) typing with one hand and my whole left side actually hurts like hell. I fully understand that there are people in this world with serious injuries and I should be thankful. The problem is that I'm a human being ... a male human being at that ... which means I'm inherently selfish by nature. I can only pick one side of my nose efficiently and I can't drive without making Hollywood style grunts every time I change gear. This and similar trivialities are already frustrating me but knowing that I won't be able to climb for a while is the worse part.
|Gaz showing how it's done! I was much less impressive and much lower!|
I'm writing this blog for people who may question if climbing is a good idea. When I worked in demolition I had more painful injuries than I care to recall and I risked my life far more than I do in any climbing exploit. As an Electrician I had a serious shock which could have killed me and almost destroyed the end of my middle finger. Sticking your melted fingertip in liquid oxygen 3 times a day for months and hoping it heals isn't much fun. No one ever said "are you sure you want to carry on working? Why are you doing this?" Well ... I did ... but as you've probably gathered by now I'm not exactly the hero type. So I urge any would be climber not to be put off. As my story suggests I am kind of accident prone at times and this little set back doesn't even compare to some of the mental states I've suffered.
|Dave demonstrating safe bouldering.|
Climbing can be as safe or as dangerous as you want it to be. Yes there can be risks but don't be fooled, expecting a risk free existence is only just an existence and should not be confused with living a full meaningful life. So get outdoors, go for a walk, watch the sun go down, take some of those inspirational photo's that you see on the internet. That's what I will be doing until I can climb again.