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Talus Fracture below route

Talus Fracture below route

It's not often one gets to see the whiteness of human bone, muchless your own! Well, after a botched controlled fall during a peel off of the budgy top out of this V3 (yea, yea... a V3), I joined that club. Here I am awaiting the EMTs to arrive and cart me off to the hosptial. Notice the talus protrusion and the severely maladjusted right foot. What fun it was having them cut off my Dominators! I can't wait to get back to it and send that darn problem!

Rating:Average Rating = 4.18/5 | Votes: 91 | Comments: 97

Submitted by: climberstephen on 2004-11-02 | Views: 3773

Comment coldclimb on 2004-11-02
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Oooooooh, ouch. Get better man! :(
Comment duracellbunny on 2004-11-03
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OUCH!!!!! I hope you get better soon!!!
Comment 5 out of 5 stars slavetogravity on 2004-11-03
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I just showed this photo to my girlfriend. I said “Now look honey, this is why I don’t boulder” She literally left the room screaming.
Comment 4 out of 5 stars prezwoodz on 2004-11-04
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i feel queesy....thats nasty lookin!
Comment 3 out of 5 stars rendog on 2004-11-04
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that looks kinda like my friends ankle from in the spring. only his didn't go all the way through like that. hope recovery is going well man
Comment 5 out of 5 stars johnclimbrok on 2004-11-04
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F**KIN GROSS
Comment 5 out of 5 stars clausti on 2004-11-04
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at the risk of asking a stupid question... why does it look so pointy? is that just the way it broke? It is certainly a wicked picture, though; hope your foot gets better!
Comment 5 out of 5 stars elvislegs on 2004-11-04
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sissy.
Comment moonshine505 on 2004-11-04
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holy crap holy crap holy crap going to puke holy crap holy crap
Comment 5 out of 5 stars kalcario on 2004-11-04
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and that's *with* a crash pad
Comment koolaid on 2004-11-04
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ouch. it looks like he's just really really pissed off =P
Comment 5 out of 5 stars sandbag on 2004-11-04
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awesome, totally awesome!
and kudos for getting back up on that horse man!
wooHOO!
Comment theflyingsquirrel on 2004-11-04
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thats f***ed up man im never boulderin again i'd rather free-solo an die comin down than look at that sh*t
Comment bouldrinsoill on 2004-11-04
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holy shit, thats sick..
Comment coclimber26 on 2004-11-05
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It's like a car wreck....can't look away.
Comment far_east_climber on 2004-11-05
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Yargh! Get well soon man!
Comment j_ung on 2004-11-05
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Oh, dude. That's some major suckage. This pic is definitely not for the faint of stomach.
Comment reno on 2004-11-05
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Nice. How did the surgery go?
Comment zozo on 2004-11-05
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Yeah I tried for two days not to look at this picture........
Comment 5 out of 5 stars corpse on 2004-11-05
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everyone should give it a 10, just so that it receives the proper recognition :)
Comment crimpman on 2004-11-05
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Good god. that's pretty insane, maybe it'll be a good pickup line later on? "you think that scar's bad? well, look at THIS!!"
Comment 4 out of 5 stars overlord on 2004-11-05
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OUCH!!!! thats bad
Comment 3 out of 5 stars matttracyg on 2004-11-05
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Thanks for sparing us and only showing it in b/w.
Comment 4 out of 5 stars rvega on 2004-11-05
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Strange really. Does a compound fracture like that not bleed? Serious yuck.
Comment kreate on 2004-11-06
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dude you kick ass i deem you resident hardman for not crying like a sissy girl (much as i would have been doing). get well soon.........gimp
Comment 0 out of 5 stars tces550 on 2004-11-06
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man, why put a photo like this...
Comment 5 out of 5 stars blindfrogguy on 2004-11-06
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Reminds me of a guy I met in Lost Valley. He had about three more of those.
Comment maculated on 2004-11-06
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Damn. Daaaaaaaaaaaaamn. This is why I hate bouldering.
Comment 5 out of 5 stars coylec on 2004-11-06
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Beautiful composition and emotion. Excellent way of using leading lines and rule of 3rds ... techincally, a little grainy, but that adds to it. Also, "damn, that's gotta hurt".
Comment climberstephen on 2004-11-06
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clausti: Not sure why it's pointy, but it's not my leg bone (what you would consider your outer ankle bone), it's actually a bone normally hidden inside the ankle area. kalcario: I'm actually sitting on TWO crash pads. reno: All 4 surgeries went fine and PT is going VERY slowly (due to the severity of the fracture). crimpman: The line hasn't worked as well as I'd have like picking up chicks, but I haven't been so blatant about it. haha.. rvega: I didn't break any major blood vessels, only a few in the skin, so it bleed only a slight amount. But, for more gore... notice the blood on my sleeve from my bloody nose I got as my head hit the ground as I crumpled.
Comment glowering on 2004-11-06
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I had to call in my wife and show it to her too.

Her response: "Why did you show that to me!?"
Comment hangerlessbolt on 2004-11-07
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*i just threw up in my mouth a little*
Comment ofusan on 2004-11-07
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AAaarrrrrggghh...God damnn...
Comment little_philly on 2004-11-07
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Well I have to say that all injuries I have suffered over my climbing life pale in comparison and I am going to stop crying about a broken finger. Thank you. Get well soon and send that thing, it is your nemesis.
Comment 4 out of 5 stars gritstoner on 2004-11-08
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nice photo. just showed it to a class of year 8's (12/13yr olds) who wouldnt shut up. they did after that.
Comment chronicle on 2004-11-08
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OMG!!! Makes me think twice about bouldering. Maybe I'll stick to trad after that picture. Get well.
Comment james_climber on 2004-11-08
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THAT IS WHY IM AFRAID TO BOULDERING
Comment 0 out of 5 stars epic_ed on 2004-11-08
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OOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooo -- fertheluvachrist.....I'm voting this a zero just to get it off the FP. *barf*
Comment 5 out of 5 stars e_free on 2004-11-09
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The EMTs were talking about this one for days. Taken together your injury, your photo, and your enthusiasm rate a 10. praying for fast healing! :)
Comment 5 out of 5 stars areyoumydude on 2004-11-09
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Talus fodder. been there. great shot. good luck.
Comment drector on 2004-11-09
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I kinda wish that this had not shown up on the front page. Ick. I really didn't need to see it. You look fairly calm in the picture. Any screaming? -- Dave
Comment atg200 on 2004-11-09
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i can't believe how calm you look. good job man, and good luck with the physical therapy.
Comment phatires on 2004-11-09
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"dude are you all... wait let me get a photo"
Comment spelunker76 on 2004-11-09
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Gross!! That sucks man, get well soon!!
Comment addiroids on 2004-11-10
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rad bro!
Comment climbingimp on 2004-11-10
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Dude that totally sucks but I am glad you got a picture of it. I am an athletic trainer and these kinds of things totally intrigue me. I printed it off and it is going on my folder. I am going to show it in my classes. Oh, and I am really sorry to hear about your shoe being cut off. I am also an EMT and have seen many people get clothing cut off that is worth more than my paycheck. Good luck with recovery!
Comment 4 out of 5 stars theturtle on 2004-11-11
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I hate to give this pic a high rating because of all the "carnage pics" it will inspire...but I did anyway. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Comment tchamber on 2004-11-11
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The first thing that struck me was the huge bone coming out of your ankle... The second thing is how calm you seem to be about it. If you cropped the bottom inch off, nobody would be able to tell there was a thing wrong with you. Hardcore...
Comment 5 out of 5 stars jkarns on 2004-11-11
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I saw a guy do this exact thing, except he decked from 30 feet up while trad climbing due to miscommunication with his belayer.
Comment 5 out of 5 stars leinosaur on 2004-11-12
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Uy! Took me a few looks to really figure out what was going on - I think the old brain wouldn't believe it, at first! Heal up quick bud!
Comment 5 out of 5 stars johnclimbrok on 2004-11-12
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ahhh! ewww! F*KKIN GROSS AGAIN! i had to look twice -
phatires: hahahaha
Comment curt on 2004-11-12
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FYI, its not supposed to look like that.
Comment irockclimbtoo on 2004-11-13
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narly
Comment boulderingwonderboy on 2004-11-14
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you just turned lots of people away from bouldering...
but not me!
hope it grows back
Comment 5 out of 5 stars coloclimbergog on 2004-11-14
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your leg never touched the ground until the EMT's got there, did it? Good luck and.. for the record... "Buwahhlashimm..." AND, the guys on my hall love it! Good luck again!
Comment 3 out of 5 stars kyhangdog on 2004-11-15
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nasty
Comment cagdbikeclimb on 2004-11-15
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Ummm, yuck.
Comment 4 out of 5 stars drunkenmaster on 2004-11-16
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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!
Comment 5 out of 5 stars hippie_dreams on 2004-11-16
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holy sh#t!!! You are a badass, I bow to you.
Comment 5 out of 5 stars andrewscott on 2004-11-17
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i give it a ten out of respect
Comment just4fun on 2004-11-17
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Hey this was caused by landing on a roll over and preasure caused bydownward force of the body! Cool photo I think I'lll show the boss, EMT New Zealand
Comment 2 out of 5 stars markguycan on 2004-11-18
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so, How to keep this injury from happening again?
1. don't fall 2. get more pads 3. learn to place gear 4. quit climbing. I'm going w/ 1 & 3.
Comment gblauer on 2004-11-18
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I hope you are recovering.
Comment lizard0fthetrail on 2004-11-18
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If I ever see you, I'm giving you a high five. Get well and stick to your therapy...so as you remain hardcore enough to prevent this from happening again.
Comment harrisha on 2004-11-18
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Sick man. Good luck with recovery. Why can't I stop staring at this picture?
Comment powen on 2004-11-18
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Another reason I don't like to boulder...
Comment saltamonte on 2004-11-20
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how high was the fall that caused this?
Comment andy_lemon on 2004-11-22
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Stephen, that is gross for sure!
Comment climberstephen on 2004-11-22
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saltamonte: a mere 12 feet
Comment 5 out of 5 stars ldsclimber on 2004-11-23
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If i didn't say get better and pretend that that picture doesn't effect me I'd be doomed for the same fate. Get better and send that problem Bro!
Comment sungam on 2004-11-23
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HARDCORE... i would be flapping if i saw my ankle was even squint but your BONE IS STICKING OUT OF YOUR LEG! WHY ARE YOU NOT PISSING ABOUT THE PLACE IN TEARS? WHY ARE YOU SO CALM?... wierdo... yet extremly hardcore...
Comment numbnut on 2004-11-23
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I'm just coming off a a talar farcture. Good luck and hang in there my man!!!
Comment david.yount on 2004-11-24
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"I just showed this photo to my girlfriend. I said “Now look honey, this is why I don’t boulder” She literally left the room screaming. -- slavetogravity" -- I did the same thing, my gal's a surgical doctor. She still left the room saying, "Eeuuuwwww!"
Comment crimpman on 2004-11-25
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I dunno, don't boulder cause of this? seems like in the other types of climbing you just straight up die. What's a snapped ankle through the flesh? :)
Comment kevanrobitaille on 2004-11-25
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Thats honestly a great photo. I personally respect good "life style" (as i guess id call this...) shots. Ones that can really capture the emotion and off the rock aspect of the climbing life. Its almost as if he feels no pain because its overcome by the "..shit, this doesnt look like ill be climbing for awhile" thoughts. That, and maybe some shock!

Other than a bit of brightness up top and some grainyness (or is it missed focal point?), or maybe juts because of the black and white. this is one of my fav pics on here for sure. Colour?
Comment jules on 2004-11-25
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This summer I dropped (very controlled) maybe 4 feet off a v0 warmup onto a crashpad and snapped a bone in my foot. Nothing like that, thank dog, and I was good within 2 months, but I feel for you...
Comment 4 out of 5 stars briarpatch on 2004-11-28
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I just have to add that stephen, your coming along nicely in your recovery. You'll be pulling on this problem before you know it. see ya at the gym.
Comment obsessed_newbie on 2004-11-29
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a few immediate thoughts that came through my mind when i saw this:
(1)Man that sucks, less climb time for him for awhile...(2)then it was wow i find this to be interesting; shouldnt i be grossed out?....(3) thats y i like climbing/protection and not bouldering
Comment maxdacat on 2004-12-01
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remember....broken bones heal, chicks dig scars and the USA has one the highest proportion of doctors to boulderers in the world!
Comment 5 out of 5 stars getsomeethics on 2004-12-02
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i dont wanna look cos it makes me feel sick , but i cant look away either.... good luck and heal quick!!
Comment 1 out of 5 stars mother_sheep on 2004-12-03
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I HATE THIS PIC. OMG! I THINK i'M GONNA PASS O....... POOR GUY.
Comment brotherbbock on 2004-12-03
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omfg
Comment cgailey on 2004-12-03
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get this fricken pic off the front page...yech!!!!!!
Comment constructiblepoint on 2004-12-03
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i'm not satisfied with the no blood explanation i think the pictures a fake
Comment e_hyde on 2004-12-06
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yeah Steve-o quit jerking us around, I knew this was just an elaborate scheme to avoid climbing with me the entire summer/ fall/ winter of '04. What did I do to deserve this?
Comment climberstephen on 2004-12-07
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constructiblepoint: Dude, I'm not a doctor; I have no idea why blood wasn't gushing out. In fact, I'm quite happy it wasn't. If you look closely below the foot, you can see a few drops of blood on the crash pad. But if you'd like proof, http://www.onlineclimbing.com/stephen/brokenankle.asp
Comment crankmarklar on 2004-12-08
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Sorry to hear about your injury. I had a bad fall back in March 04. I fractured my calcaneus (heal) when I slammed into a 85 deg. slab. A draw came off of a bolt high on the route above an overhang.
Now nine months later I'm back to almost 100% on the rock. With all that said, you will heal just be patient something I'm not good at.

Cheers
Comment 4 out of 5 stars cliffmonkey2003 on 2004-12-09
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That sucks dude, I took a fall about four months ago and saw my bone for the first time. Amazing how white it is eh? My injury probably wasn't half as bad though. I'll stick to placing gear, where either I'm walking away or going home in a body bag, no limping for me. Good luck with your recovery.
Comment crshbrn84 on 2004-12-14
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ow ow ow ow ow ow ow
my foot is hurting just looking at that. good luck man and hope you have a speedy recovery
Comment nmoroder on 2004-12-16
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...must look away...
Comment mccarthykm on 2004-12-17
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gulp...........I just...threwup a little, in my mouth......but it's back down so its ok.
Comment gunkiemike on 2004-12-17
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Obviously the ground didn't care if you fell off a V3 or a V13. I just hope no one here thinks that couldn't happen to them because they boulder harder problems.
Comment chalkedup on 2005-04-25
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Comment jman93 on 2005-07-06
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Comment 5 out of 5 stars boondock_saint on 2005-08-29
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After he showed me that pic at the gym I swore I'd never boulder ... but I guess it all comes with the territory. He's doing better and outclimbing most of our group even with a softball-sized ankle ...
Comment htotsu on 2005-09-20
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HeavenlyGodHeavenlyGodHeavenlyGod. God bless this Mike fellow for his presence of mind (I read the full report on your other site), but whose idea was it to take a picture? I can't imagine this kind of pain. Hope you went numb or something while you waited. Glad your recovery is coming along.
Comment 4 out of 5 stars aimeerose on 2006-02-15
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Man, that's quite a shot. They should use that in Physical Therapy School. That's why I don't do highballs, no matter how easy they are! Not even Melon Patch, V0