Last week on the podcast, we told you about a serious ski accident I was involved in on the 9th of July. And we more or less left off last week at the point where I had tomahawked unconscious down a scree and boulder field, but survived the crash, and managed to hike down off the mountain.
But making it down to the ambulance that was waiting for me at the road was hardly the end of the story. Truth is, it’s where a whole new story — with very real consequences — was just beginning. And while we believe that there were a number of important lessons to be learned from our analysis of my crash, there is just as much if not more to be learned from my two weeks following the accident.
We’ll say more about this in the podcast, but it’s always exciting to hear about people surviving gruesome falls and walking down off of mountains. We all find that kind of story riveting. But the truth is that such stories can easily just turn into outdoors entertainment and adventure porn, and anyone who is serious about recreating safely in the backcountry or wilderness areas has a whole slew of related, less sexy considerations that you ought to think through before you find yourself in a life or death scenario, far from help.
In the time since my crash, I, my family, and my friends have had dozens of critical decisions to make, many of which I had not considered before. Today, it’s some of the less obvious lessons and decisions we want to share with you, so that if you or a friend find yourself in a similar situation, you might be several steps ahead of me.
So joining me again on the podcast are my good friends Nate Murray and Jamie Autumn Bobb, the friends I road tripped up to Colorado with that weekend, camped with, and after the crash, made the drive back home. But it is with Nate and Jamie that I also continued to discuss my status after the crash, the options for care, and a whole lot more. So we’re going to walk through those days after the crash, the events that led up to my surgery, and where things stand as of today. There is going to be less talk about tomahawking, but the entire point of this episode is that safe behavior requires paying attention to more than just the obviously-exciting stuff.
TOPICS & TIMES:
- My primary pre-accident mistake (7:10)
- The decision not to go to the hospital (12:00)
- A very David-Lynchian birthday dinner (23:38)
- The drive home, continued self-assessment, and health care (27:27)
- Emergency spinal surgery? Other options? (My injury + Nate’s popsicle analogy) (43:00)
- Important Rant: Know your “Out-of-Pocket Maximum” (54:35)
- The surgery & post-surgery (57:39)
- Conclusions & Takeaways (1:00:00)