Joe Bartels hiking injury

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Joe Bartels hiking injury

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On Saturday June 10 while hiking in northern Arizona, Joe fell from a rock outcropping along the trail.

He sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Flagstaff Medical Center before being transferred to Phoenix.

Joe is currently in serious but stable condition undergoing treatment for numerous broken bones and internal injuries.

There are many questions for which we do not currently have answers. We will post further details on his condition and recovery when doctors are able to provide them.

We know that HAZ is a close-knit community and appreciate the many thoughts and prayers from those of you who have made this website such a valuable resource in Arizona and beyond.

At this time Joe’s family has asked for privacy. Contact from well-wishers is appreciated but overwhelming. Please refrain at this time.

Joe was hiking with HAZ members who assisted with his care until first responders arrived on scene. Other hikers in the same area at the time provided important help. We are very grateful for all those who participated in his rescue. This has been a difficult several days for those involved, so we ask you to not inundate them with messages or questions.

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Thank you for your thoughts and support, patience and understanding at this challenging time and join us in wishing Joe a full and speedy recovery.
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Thank you for all your work / HAZ and best wishes for continued recovery.
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When I moved back to Arizona I was already a fairly experienced hiker, but I was dreading moving here again. Discovered HAZ and it made the move a lot more palatable. Like Jason, finding HAZ was a life saver and I can say that I've made some life long friends here.

Speedy recovery Joe!
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HAZ, therefore YOU, changed my life forever, thank goodness! or I'd still be stuck in my garden, going to the boring gym and doing those casual hikes. I was so frightened when I heard about your accident and am now so happy to hear you're recovering quickly. All my best to you Joe!

PS and now just think, you have time to watch all my videos...if you need the link, let me know :lol: .
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Good luck on your recovery Joe! Thank you so much for the great informational resource, and community you have started in motion. I hope rehab goes well, and you can get back on the trail before too long!
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Give 'em hell in rehab, Joe! We will look forward to your reappearance at the helm of HAZ, and on the trails.
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I'm sending positive thoughts your way and thanking you with every step I take. You've inspired a whole community for positive change, and that makes you one of the best kind of people in my book!
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Post by Paintninaz »

I'm glad you're on the mend, you had a lot of us scared...don't ever do that again, young man! ;)

Wishing you a speedy, and full, recovery, Joe! The trails will be waiting for you! :D
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I just learned of your accident and am so glad to hear that you are back on the mend. We wish you a full recovery and a continued hiking career. Thanks for all you do for HAZ.
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Post by ssk44 »

Hey Joe. I'm really glad to hear that you're recovering. Reading about your accident was humbling. Keep fighting Joe. You'll get there.

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Really happy and glad to hear that you are on the road to recovery!
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Post by KwaiChang »

Joe - so glad this is open -I hope you are too! :y:

You and I had a rocky start with the GPS deal and what not. :scared: I have read MANY MANY a post here - not replied to them but read many. Between you and Chums I have come to think there is no other site that offers what HAZ does. You WILL get better - think of that waaaaaaaaay down look whilst climbing up Cheops Plateau and things seem better no??? :scared: :o :lol: Of course they do!!! :y:

Wishing you alllll the best - my hope is to get my butt out west and hike with you! Sooner rather than later! :pray:

Stay well my brother - do the things yo have to do and honestly when I read of this at first I though - oh it is Joe - he will be fine. Be well - you have MANY peeps behind you brother! :app: :app:

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Post by fotogirl53 »

Hi, Joe
I hope your rehab is helping and knowing the excellent shape you are in, you will amAZe the staff with your stamina and drive. If you need anything, just put a shout out and we will all be busting down the doors to help you.

I'm kinda spooked now knowing where you were injured--I hike there at least once a month. When you are past this, I'd like to know more about it. I'm sending positive energy your way.
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Hey Joe. So glad to hear you are doing so well! Know that you are in my thoughts daily, and I hope to see you soon. A few have already mentioned their Sentiments about how you and HAZ have impacted their Lives, and you already know my Story, but let me tell you again how Grateful I am for you, your Site, and most importantly, your Friendship.

When you're ready to start hitting up a bit of Hiking, you know where to find me. And no Fair trying to Dethrone me as the slowest Hiker on HAZ either, I won't stand for it. I'll be the Perfect Motivator when you start up again, lol

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Post by RedwallNHops »

Joe, I'm so glad to hear that you're recovering and that you're getting therapy in rehab! Best wishes!
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Get well soon!
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Post by Grimey »

Hey Joe, I was shocked and saddened to hear about your accident. Glad to see you are getting better. Get well quickly!
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Get well soon and to a speedy recovery and really, it's hot out there, so you're not missing much. I know you have a lot on your mind so don't worry I'm not going to do anything weird on the forum. My best to you and your family.
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Post by david_allen_3 »

Wish I had a view of Piestewa Peak! Hang in there. Good seeing you on the Ma Ha Trail on S Mtn a couple years ago. Hope to see you out on the trails again soon!
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Post by AZLumberjack »

If you were to go hiking next weekend, that would be my best chance of keeping up with you :o Wishing for a speedy recovery and out-running me again on the trails.
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Get well soon!!

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