Well after seeing the the doctor today it seems my back is 90% healed. I had a base jumping accident at my local cliff on Sept. 28th. which resulted in a cracked L1 and a burst fracture of L2, in which I lost about 25% of it. Now I am a hiker and backpacker first, but base has been a part of my life for the last 9 years. I've made several hundred jumps in that time, and was on the world record in 2003. I dont consider myself an adrenaline junkie nor do I have a death wish. But I do enjoy the groundrush! Just to fill in what happened, I was making a sunset jump with a friend of mine. I had about 50 jumps at this particular exit point, so it wasnt new. 246 ft to impact, with another 100ft or so of talus, making it about 350ft overall. Had a clean exit, took a healthy 1 second delay and had a clean deployment. As I was flying away I noticed that I was alot higher than usual, so as to avoid overshooting the landing area I decided to sink the canopy a bit to lose some altitude. As I was sinking, the canopy went into a full stall, and then collapsed. I fell the remaining 35 feet onto my feet. Immediatly I knew my back was broken. I wiggled my toes, was able to move my feet, and then flopped around in pain like a fish out of water for about an hour till the paramedics showed up. So since the accident I have had to wear this turtle shell brace and not really move. That sucked. But I got out of the brace last week and went and hiked camelback 2 days after that. Now I wanna see if I can wear my backpack on short hikes to get the muscles back to strenght for the longer stuff. HAZ has been a lifesaver, I dont know what I would've done without it the last few months. But now im ready to get out and do some hikes!!!
"The Edge. There really is no honest way to explain it because the only people who know where it is are those who have gone over." - Hunter S. Thompson