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  1. #76
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    Gnarwhale I have no idea what I can do if anything but I am just west of the Nati in Indiana and work at Children's, so if I could be of any service to you let me know. Vibes my man and Merry Christmas!

  2. #77
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    Thanks Leftyt, that's very kind and I appreciate it. With my parents, plus a bunch of relatives, plus old friends all living here, I've been well provided for. If you happen to be driving by Drake Center and just want to say hi, send me a PM and we'll coordinate. My calendar is wide open these days.

    Thanks for keeping me in your thoughts SFB. Make some turns and twist one up for me this week. Looks like conditions in UT are getting good this week, lucky dogs

  3. #78
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    You're going to pull off a miraculous recovery, Jim.

  4. #79
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    ^^ i feel the same way. what you put out, you get back. you will get it back.

  5. #80
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    I will be driving by Tuesday any time?

  6. #81
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    Congrats on getting the second leg to respond - pretty incredible, good luck with the continuing recovery.
    Success has many fathers, while failure remains an orphan // Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not the fish they are after - HDT

  7. #82
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    Get better dude, sending positive vibes your way. Your Wrangell St Elias TR inspired a couple backpacking trips there of my own that are probably the coolest things I ever did in AK. Hope you get healed up and back to posting more stoke soon.

    We've won it. It's going to get better now. You can sort of tell these things.

  8. #83
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    happy new year. look forward to hearing great things from you this year

  9. #84
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    checking in, hope all is going well
    Do not count the days

    Make the days count.

  10. #85
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Gnarwhale View Post

    Thanks for keeping me in your thoughts SFB. Make some turns and twist one up for me this week. Looks like conditions in UT are getting good this week, lucky dogs
    ya know i'm always strivin to put that in the "this is what we do" equation
    in them good n meh conditions
    you and Dalton are both cut from the same salt of the earth cloth
    it sucks when tough shit happens to damn good peeps,
    but the true measure of men is perseverance and overcoming adversary obstacles
    continue to heal and keep us here in this community updated
    "When the child was a child it waited patiently for the first snow and it still does"- Van "The Man" Morrison
    "I find I have already had my reward, in the doing of the thing" - Buzz Holmstrom
    "THIS IS WHAT WE DO"-AML -
    ski on in eternal peace

  11. #86
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    When I flew to Patagonia in late November, I thought that I'd be home for New Years Eve, but it turns out this expedition is going to last a lot longer than that.

    On December 1, 2014 a neurosurgeon fused my T6-T10 vertebra with a pair of metal rods and a handful of screws. That night ICU nurses decided to give me sponge bath and a shave and I wound up with a mustache. Happy Birthday to me.


    I still had a mustache when Jacksonite Forrest Jillson mailed me a JHAF patch that he'd pulled off his jacket.



    Speaking of Jacksonites, both Forrest McCarthy and Greg von Doersten stopped to visit.



    An article about me in the local paper garnered me an unannounced visit from a whack-job who was intent on saving my soul.

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    He did leave me with a sweet laminated portrait of Pete Rose sporting a glowing halo.


    In early January I transferred from Cincinnati, where I was operated on, to Denver, home to the spine-trauma rehab specialists at Craig Hospital. High Fives Foundation kicked in for the PJ ride. I'd donated photos for their fundraising efforts in the past and that good karma got paid off manyfold with the check they wrote to get me to rehab.



    The staff and facilites at Craig Hospital are about 1000x more dialed than the ones at the hospital that I'd been languishing at in Ohio. I got an unfortunately short time using my in-room zip line before I was upgraded to moving directly from bed to wheelchair and back.


    The real glory of Craig is that they put patients to work. I spent 30-40 hours per week in rehab workout, stretching, and skills classes.


    My friends Brendan and Hilary brought dinner. It felt great to eat non-hospital food and just hang out like normal people.



    Craig Hospital has an incentive system for patients where, when you tic off enough tasks, skills, and quizzes you're allowed to come and go from the hospital premises at will. After nearly two months of living as an invalid, it was great to roll back into public places. I googled "Denver barbershop," made an appointment at the first place that popped up, and inadvertently wound up with a hipster haircut for my first out-of-hospital outing.


    Ski media stuff that I did last winter is out in print now, which is kinda weird. A year ago today, I was on a hut trip with JP Auclair. What a difference 365 days can make.



    Powder Magazine awarded me runner up for Photo of the Year for this pic of @brodyleven skiing a no-name chute in the Wasatch


    The week before last I got cleared to ditch the neck brace


    Then last week I got to ditch the rest of the turtle shell


    Eric Zerrenner, another High Fives grant recipient, and I have been getting our NuStepper jam on


    I'll take what I can get.


    I met up with some HighFives peeps at SIA, the ski industry tradeshow yesterday


    And rolled around saying hi to industry friends


    basking in undeserved attention at a Red Rocks concert this weekend

  12. #87
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    So much stoke here. Did you make the drawing?
    .....I hope you know that this will go down on your permanent record

    http://procatinator.com/?cat=80

  13. #88
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    Let's Bring the Gnarwhale Home fundraiser-

    thanks! yeah, the hut didnt have guest book yet so I drew a picture of it on scrap lumbar from it's construction and we signed the back. Backcountry Magazine ran a pic of it for the opening of an article i wrote. Think it's off the stands now, so here's the whole thing



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  14. #89
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    Wow Jim. Thanks for the update, that is quite a TR. I've been keeping up through mutual friends on the Facebooks, but missed some brilliant details like that Charlie Hustle Halo pic.
    I maintain that El Taco de Mexico delivery via Brendan Leonard will act as an additional avenue of healing. He is one cool cat, with good vibes constantly emanating from within.

    Keep it up man! The progress has been amazing, you got this shit.

  15. #90
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    Thanks man.

    I told my mom that I bet she never thought she'd get to watch me learn to walk twice.


  16. #91
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    Lookin good Billy Ray!

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    Here's a tease. The story will be live tonight between 10:10 and 10:20 MST.

    http://www.kutv.com/live/news/index.shtml

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    We've never met, but I've always enjoyed following your travels and your great pictures. This thing you're facing is just another tough expedition. Its a long one, and it won't be easy, but the reward is worth it. It seems like you've got a good team supporting you. Heal up, you've got this thing.

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  21. #96
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    strong work
    you will ski again
    it's what we do
    headed up for our annual bc hut trip
    will burn n make a few 4 u
    and try n do a tr worthy of a smile on your face
    "When the child was a child it waited patiently for the first snow and it still does"- Van "The Man" Morrison
    "I find I have already had my reward, in the doing of the thing" - Buzz Holmstrom
    "THIS IS WHAT WE DO"-AML -
    ski on in eternal peace

  22. #97
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    Way to go!
    No longer stuck.

    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    Just an uneducated guess.

  23. #98
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    Great progress! Being at Craig is good news.

    Like the prayer flags on the back of the wheelchair.

  24. #99
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    FKNa, strong work. Put in work, looking good!

  25. #100
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    Your Powder shot of Brody is one of my favorite ski pics in a long time, largely because you don't get that perspective very often. A lot of photos I can't quite relate to but that one just gets me stoked. Keep working - I know a lot of us who may not comment here are thinking about you.

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