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My 40 feet fall from sharp edge

By mountainyak on 2014.10.02 In Scrambling

Last Wednesday we heeded up to the lake district for what was a planed two day trip in the fells.
On Thursday we decided to head up on to Blencathra via the classic grade one scramble route “sharp edge”, the day started great a bit foggy and some drizzle but by no means terrible.

After hiking up in to the hills for around a hour we got to the start of the scramble, around half way it got to a narrow section with a small ledge. As I steeped out my foot slipped on the polished rock, I remember falling the first 20 foot facing into the rock trying to grab anything before spinning round and just seeing fresh air, at this point the only thought i remember is “i’m going to die now”. Luckily I stopped another 20 foot on before hitting a point were it dropped vertical to the valley bottom.
When I came to a stop and got my breath back I immediately new my left arm was  badly broken, I always keep a first aid kit in the top of my bag and could pull it out with the good arm and self medicate along with bandage my arm (Phil not able to safely get to me).

After around an hour Keswick Mountain rescue arrived and manged to strap my arm up along with giving more pain relief, as the cloud base was low, the RAF Seaking helicopter that had been sent could not get closer than around 2 kilometers away. With no chance of being winched out and getting me onto a stretcher would have proved a very long and dangerous process, the options were small.
Luckily my legs and one hand only had miner injures and I manged to stand with the help of the team, they helped me into a harness and we abseiled down onto flatter ground before walking out to meet the Seaking .I can honestly say this was the most painful 2 kilometers I have walked in my life.

It took around 3 hours in all to rescue me, and a over night stay in hospital with two hour operation on my arm to put me back together.
A huge thanks to Phill Sewell, Keswick Mountain Rescue and the Carlisle orthopedic unit for everything they did.

The last week has been a painful one with bruising on my back and coxis making even siting pain full, but I am at home and on the mend and grateful to be hear writing about it.


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