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Spider berm claims another...
« on: December 08, 2008, 05:06:04 PM »
My riding friend of 12 years and I were riding Spider Berm today (monday) and about 50 yards from the end he clipped a tree with the tip of his bar and was sent into another... long story short, He broke his left ankle when he planted his foot but his body kept turning...
This is about all we could figure happened, He didn't hit the ground, rock or tree, and he didn't have a scratch on him, Just a broken ankle... It was definitely broken, His foot was almost pointed backwards. 

It took about 2 hours for rescue to get there, They did a great job organizing and expediting the rescue, Thank you guys and gals.
He is in great spirits and kept the rescue group entertained through out it all.

He is being prepped for surgery as I type this. He is a great riding friend, I hope his wife lets us play again when he's better.

The part that kills him the most was... It was Spider Berm!, Not Pandemonium, Not Big Drop - Spider Berm, a warm up trail!. 
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Re: Spider berm claims another...
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2008, 05:40:29 PM »
Whats with everyone getting hurt now that it got a little cold?  Did your hands get frozen and make it hard to hold on?  Do your bones get brittle from the cold?

Either way, that bites the big one.  Hope he has a speedy recovery...if they are implanting any metal to fix his leg, make it titanium, I head it cuts weight down!
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Re: Spider berm claims another...
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2008, 05:42:04 PM »
Great trail to haul butt on, bad if you go down. Hope your buddy heals up fast! I crashed in one of the meadow trails one time. :-\ At least he crashed on Spider Berm. ;)
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Re: Spider berm claims another...
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2008, 05:45:28 PM »
Great trail to haul butt on, bad if you go down. Hope your buddy heals up fast! I crashed in one of the meadow trails one time. :-\ At least he crashed on Spider Berm. ;)

I was thinking the same thing. Spider Berm and Golf Cart are probably the fastest sections around the area. Stuff can happen quickly there. I hope he heals quick.
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Re: Spider berm claims another...
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2008, 05:54:51 PM »
That SUCKS!!!!! :o  I have been there! I hope he heals fast!

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Re: Spider berm claims another...
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2008, 06:08:37 PM »
Man, sorry to hear of your buddies break.  Hope we don't get another rider down before we can exit this year.
2 hours?  That's tough.  Was it 2 hours from the time it happened, or 2 hours from the time the emergency call went in?  From what I understand they should have made it a lot sooner than that.  But anytime you're out in the woods and injured you do have to expect some time to pass before EMS can arrive.

Hoping for a speedy recovery.

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Re: Spider berm claims another...
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2008, 06:37:01 PM »
It was definitely broken, His foot was almost pointed backwards. 

are we going to have to start a
SWAMP club backwards foot crew?
i've heard of this happening before.... lol
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Re: Spider berm claims another...
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2008, 06:43:36 PM »
It was definitely broken, His foot was almost pointed backwards. 

are we going to have to start a
SWAMP club backwards foot crew?
i've heard of this happening before.... lol

Yeah....It is a familiar story!!! I wonder who else.................???? :-\

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Re: Spider berm claims another...
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2008, 06:54:35 PM »
It took about 2 hours from the time I called, The problem was 911 didn't have a clue where balm-boyette was, I had the trail map and read the address and driving instructions and they still had no idea where to go... They transferred my call to the EMS to give them directions... That was just to get there, Then they had to find us which was easier than getting to the park, I met them on the fire road and guided them to the crash site, They were able to drive a big fire rescue truck to the trail edge and then just carried him to the truck for the ride to the parking lot.

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Re: Spider berm claims another...
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2008, 07:05:43 PM »
see, if he had clipless, he could have clipped his right foot in and pedaled to the parking lot.....
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Re: Spider berm claims another...
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2008, 08:09:45 PM »
Thanks for the info on EMS getting there.  We have been working with Hillsborough EMS to get a handle on response times for injuries.  I forwarded your report and hopefully the response time will be shorter next time.

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Re: Spider berm claims another...
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2008, 10:40:49 AM »
It was definitely broken, His foot was almost pointed backwards. 

are we going to have to start a
SWAMP club backwards foot crew?
i've heard of this happening before.... lol

Yeah....It is a familiar story!!! I wonder who else.................???? :-\
Mine wasn't backwards, but it was sideways and dislocated. Not a scratch on me, but I have a nice set of scars on either side of my left ankle!

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« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2008, 10:58:08 AM »
Sorry to hear about your friend. I hope he doesn't have to spend too much time off the bike.

This brings a question to mind. It seems that a lot of the 29ers have long handlebars and my bike is no exception. In an attempt to avoid clipping a tree I was thinking of cutting them down. What's a good length? What does everyone else use?

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Re: Spider berm claims another...
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2008, 12:18:44 PM »
Tread
 I had to cut 3 inches off my new lefty 29 . 1.5 a side with a pipe cutter
 
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Re: Spider berm claims another...
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2008, 01:32:12 PM »
What's a good length? What does everyone else use?
A good rule of thumb is a bit more than your shoulder width, or the distance between the outsides of your hands when you're doing a push-up.

 

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