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Little fall, big foot injury 8-Jan-2014 At 6:15:26 PM Reluctant
So 2 weeks ago I took a small fall (about 1.5m) around the back at araps at Campbell's kingdom crag. Don't recall the name of the climb.
It was dirty, I was cautious. Bill was belaying (he's innocent) and Tom was climbing just to my left. We both made a ledge about 20 up and 5 from next ledge.
Tom came right and went up no problem. This may have led to me underestimating next move. Gear was placed at face height with a draw. *Should have shortened or prepared to place something above so I didn't land on ledge.
Got up 2m and found to my skill level a dead end. Decided to down climb. While moving left hand down right ripped out of crack. Bloodied fingers but not the big issue. Landed both feet at the same time. But left foot landed on 2 levels barely 40mm difference. BANG. Knew I was gone instantly.
Rapped down (thanks bill), Tom cleaned up my anchor, and pauline helped carry gear out.
Tight bandage I walked out. At the car took a bucket of pain relief. At pines put on ice and drank beer. Beer was for the embarrassment of taking such a fall on an easy line.

The wash up. From many years of running including marathons and ultras I had stress fractures 2 years ago in the mid foot (Lysfranc) joint. So that instability has come back to haunt me. After the initial reduction in swelling, bruising and pain the ongoing is pain that barely allows walking. It sucks.

1. Place gear and avoid falls to ledges.
2. If you suffer mid foot pain at any time from any sport get it checked out. If you are diagnosed with plantar fasciitis make sure Lysfranc joint is not occurring at the same time.
3. Don't fall

Thanks to all at the pines who helped including Bigchris telling me to "harden up". Or was it "you suck".
Good climbing. Stay safe.

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