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News - After the accident at Arapiles in March
mike farrell
3:44:04 PM
Iím the bloke that fell on Phoenix at Arapiles back on March 11th . Though I donít remember any of it, I gather I was cruising to the finish of the 1st pitch at about 45m & I was perhaps as much as 5m above my gear. I somehow slipped/fell, hit a ledge about 10m below then rolled off turning upside down.

Obviously i was too run out & I did not pay enough attention & respect to the knowledge that low grade routes often have ledges & projections close below. Fortunately my gear held. Fortunate indeed too that I had an excellent climbing partner/ belayer ( John Sexton) who managed to climb up & bring me down.

The Prince Alfred Hospital Melbourne did a great repair/rebuild job on me as the injuries were quite extensive :- smashed pelvis, internal bleeding, fractured spine, concussion, brain bleed, collapsed lung.

The good news is that Iím alive n well with all my faculties & hope to climb again.

I would like to give my many thanks to all climbers, campers & medicoís that gave assistance that day & to all friends & family that visited me in hospital & at home giving me support during my 5 + month healing, particularly my partner Roza.

4:02:20 PM
Good to hear you're on the mend.
8:06:57 PM
Great to hear. Things looked a bit grim that evening.

7:02:55 PM
Thanks for giving us feedback after your harrowing experience, and I'm glad that you've recovered to the extent that you have, as it sounds like it could easily have been a very different outcome.

Cross-link to initial thread is here...

9:18:12 PM
Stoked you're on the mend and thanks for he update. Sorry to hear of your injuries though hope your recovery continues onwards and upwards from here:)
4:53:32 AM
Greta to hear

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