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.
Now, a few notes about the website.
Please don’t PM Joe at this time. He does not have access to HAZ in the hospital.
Technical issues may still be reported using the regular reporting buttons at the bottom of each page. Note that responses to these inquiries will take longer than usual.
This thread is locked because we would prefer not to have a thread full of comments, well-wishes, or discussion at this time. Please do not start a new thread or comment elsewhere on the site. We will provide an avenue for this in the coming days.
If you have urgent questions you may PM @HAZDevTeam but a response is not guaranteed and/or may take some time.
We will post updates here on the HAZ Forum in the days ahead.
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for your thoughts and support, patience and understanding at this challenging time and join us in wishing Joe a full and speedy recovery.