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    Victor aka Stalk - rider down.

    On the huge Demo ride today, Victor suffered a serious injury, unfortunately.

    Victor, Dan'ger, Alex and I were on the first of three loops at Demo forest. Coming down the Corral Trail fire road, Victor slipped off a small jump. He put his right foot down to brace the fall but it seemed to get stuck and twisted. When he came down, his foot looked out of place and there was huge bump on his ankle. Once he got in a comfortable position, the the foot and ankle seemed to fall back in place. Initial prognosis is a severely dislocated ankle.

    Dan'ger immediately gave him a Percocet painkiller and a motrin 800. We tried to get Victor in a comfortable position but left right in the middle of the fire road

    We were one mile up on Corral trail from Hihn's Mill road. Danger, Alex and I called 911 and help and rescue were on the way. An hour a half later, we realized the rescue vehicles were stuck a quarter mile below us. The recent rains made the fire road pretty muddy. Victor started shivering and was looking pretty pale. We got him out about an hour later using a gurney with one all-terrain wheel in the middle.

    Good thing we had cell service there and as I was talking to 911. I could hear Victor yelling adamantly.... "NO HELICOPTER!!!!"

    Anyway, when they got Victor out to the parking lot, they gave him the choice of going in an Ambulance that goes to Santa Cruz or going to the hospital on his own. Apparently, Victor felt comfortable enough to have Alex drive him to El Camino Hospital.

    Here's the pics of Victor looking pretty comfortable. He felt better once the drugs kicked in, his leg was stablized and he got a little sun and some barbecue.

    Victor is extremely bummed about not biking for a while. Plus he loves skiing and the season is just about to start. He is very worried about the long recovery and healing process for this type of injury.

    Let's wish him well.

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    Well that answers the question of where the 9 o'clock group went.

    Victor, here's wishing you a speedy and total recovery.
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    Well, that's not good. That explains why you weren't at the picnic table. Sorry to hear Victor. I am sure that you will recover fast, you are a strong lad.
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    Damn, Demo claims another.

    Heal quick! (Good call on the chopper).

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    Victor,

    We all hope to see you out on the trails soon!

    As interesting side note to me is that Victor and Francis (our two big MTBR ride crashes as of late) are both skilled and strong riders. Neither are folks I would describe as reckless and haphazard daredevils on the trails-- I consider them both very responsible riders. Yet, they both ended up hurt fairly seriously.

    Thank goodness for the soft soil of Santa Cruz!

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    Heal up Victor, your Nomad will miss you for a few days-week(s)

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    Get well soon Vic. I hate to see fellow riders down.


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    Sorry to hear about that. Heal quick

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    What's the best All-Mountain gurney? (x-post from AM)

    Well, we got to see it but since Alex, Victor, Francis nor I had a camera, we've got no pictures to prove it. I swear, this thing was a stokes stretcher with a uni-Pugsley wheel attached to it. We had to warn Victor that he wasn't allowed to huck it on his way to the ambulance.

    Anyway, heal up Victor!

    Thanks again to the local CDF and Sheriff's department. IMO, they did a great job of attending to Vic and had a good sense of humor to boot.

    As for everybody else - DON'T GET HURT!!!

    So, OK, the ride wasn't epic but we did get in 11 miles and 1600' of climbing. Not bad for a little over 1 hour of riding.

    ...and...we found out what a "kid stand" was...

    Thanks also to Trail Head - great BBQ and a good time! now if only we could keep the little kids from eating banana slugs...
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    Ouch!

    Sorry to hear about your crash and burn.I hope things set well and you can get some rest. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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    Great to hear itsallright

    Hey Victor....we were one of the first people to come down and see you on the ground. Really glad to hear everything will be ok.

    Francis- Great to see you on a dirty bike again.

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    Victor,
    sorry to hear this. get well soon.
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    Ouch Victor...

    sorry to hear about your injury. I hope you heal fast... I know how much you love riding. We will try to keep you entertained. As I was climbing Sulpher I saw a Sheriff SUV coming down and later found out that you were in it, sorry I did not wave.

    Francois, Dan'ger and Alex- You guys are very cool to have helped. I did not realize what you all went through when I saw you as they were loading Victor's bike. I did see the gurney thing Dan'ger was describing thoough it was upside down in the back of that fire truck. Again, you guys did a real good thing. It shows what kind of people we ride with.
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    Does it look like this? Taken from the Arizona boards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan'ger
    Well, we got to see it but since Alex, Victor, Francis nor I had a camera, we've got no pictures to prove it. I swear, this thing was a stokes stretcher with a uni-Pugsley wheel attached to it. We had to warn Victor that he wasn't allowed to huck it on his way to the ambulance.

    Anyway, heal up Victor!

    Thanks again to the local CDF and Sheriff's department. IMO, they did a great job of attending to Vic and had a good sense of humor to boot.

    As for everybody else - DON'T GET HURT!!!

    So, OK, the ride wasn't epic but we did get in 11 miles and 1600' of climbing. Not bad for a little over 1 hour of riding.

    ...and...we found out what a "kid stand" was...

    Thanks also to Trail Head - great BBQ and a good time! now if only we could keep the little kids from eating banana slugs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SinglePivot
    Does it look like this? Taken from the Arizona boards.



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    It looked EXACTLY like that!
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    Bummer.

    Sorry to hear about the wreck. Just take it easy and follow the rehab and you'll be up and skiing/biking soon.

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    Bummer

    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Victor is extremely bummed about not biking for a while. Plus he loves skiing and the season is just about to start. He is very worried about the long recovery and healing process for this type of injury.

    Let's wish him well.
    I'm Always at a loss for words when I read about stuff like this. Heal quick.

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    Nice to see everything came out best case. I passed you on my Highline a few minutes before the female paramedic got there. I think she was first the first one up on foot.
    I had to figure you were either in shock or thankfully on meds as I read when you apologized for messing with my flow being sprawled out on the trail. hahha!

    Get well soon Stalk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDawg
    Nice to see everything came out best case. I passed you on my Highline a few minutes before the female paramedic got there. I think she was first the first one up on foot.
    I had to figure you were either in shock or thankfully on meds as I read when you apologized for messing with my flow being sprawled out on the trail. hahha!

    Get well soon Stalk.

    Dude, you did not even pause in your nice ride to check if we were ok or if help was on the way. That was cold-blooded.

    Every rider who passed stopped to help... except you. I'm bummed.

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    Easy there Francois. I could tell he was in obviously good hands and being taken care of -immobilized, covered and alert as I came to almost a complete stop. I checked for cell coverage but before I could make a call I saw another rider escorting the paramedic up to whom I mentioned how much further up the trail the downed rider was. I also stopped at the stuck rescue vehicles and checked with the backup paramedics still at the parking lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDawg
    Easy there Francois. I could tell he was in obviously good hands and being taken care of -immobilized, covered and alert as I came to almost a complete stop. I checked for cell coverage but before I could make a call I saw another rider escorting the paramedic up to whom I mentioned how much further up the trail the downed rider was. I also stopped at the stuck rescue vehicles and checked with the backup paramedics still at the parking lot.
    This is bumming me out even more. You figured all that out as you whizzed by us?? I know you and we're all wearing mtbr jerseys and you don't even say a word?

    Victor was laying down smack down in the middle of the fire road too. We couldn't move move him since it was too painful for him.

    This is advice for others, if you see someone badly hurt in the middle of the trail, stop for 10 seconds, show some support and some sympathy. It means a lot to the injured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    This is bumming me out even more. You figured all that out as you whizzed by us?? I know you and we're all wearing mtbr jerseys and you don't even say a word?

    This is advice for others, if you see someone badly hurt in the middle of the trail, stop for 10 seconds, show some support and some sympathy. It means a lot to the injured.

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    As I whizzed by you? WTF? Did you read my post? You weren't there and no I did not recognize the riders or whatever was written on their jerseys because I can't read shiat 10ft in front of me without my glasses and I've obviously not kept up on the MTBR jersey of the day.

    You got some sage advice there bud. I do recall stopping and checking on you a few months ago -remember? Or maybe you didn't recognize me because I wasn't wearing colors?

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    This is bumming me out even more. You figured all that out as you whizzed by us?? I know you and we're all wearing mtbr jerseys and you don't even say a word?

    This is advice for others, if you see someone badly hurt in the middle of the trail, stop for 10 seconds, show some support and some sympathy. It means a lot to the injured.

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    Easy, Francis...I don't remember anyone "whizzing" by without at least a pause to listen to questions that others were asking if not asking themselves or at least slowing down.

    I thought that the minimal observer response was looks of concern if nothing else, but we did visibly have the situation under some sort of control.
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    This is bumming me out even more. You figured all that out as you whizzed by us?? I know you and we're all wearing mtbr jerseys and you don't even say a word?

    This is advice for others, if you see someone badly hurt in the middle of the trail, stop for 10 seconds, show some support and some sympathy. It means a lot to the injured.

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    Heal up dude - I need someone to chase!

    Francis - don't be so quick to judge.

    I agree with your advise - but you also realize that the thoughts of a mountain biker meandering through the woods some times lag when confronted with unforseen obstacles and incidents.

    Just today while out in Joquin Miller I found my mouth several steps behind my mind, when passing an oncoming hiker. My usual greeting of "howdy" was lost to my body's contortions to make way for said hiker.

    I would have liked to have greeted the person in my normal fashion - but when the mouth is out of gear, sometimes it takes a moment to re-engage.

    Who knows what was on DDawgs mind when he passed Victor. Hopefully singletrack bliss - which as we all know effects our thoughts in a delightfully pleasing way - sometimes with deleterious effects on our other cognitive abilities.

    Let's just all be sure to be our brothers keeper. We all get hurt from time to time, and need each others help.

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    A few months back I was riding with some pals at Tamarancho - was way ahead of them coming into the sections with the 1/2 log bridges... So for a goof I stopped when I got to the first bridge and layed my bike down on the bridge half way off and then layed face down in the gully. When my friends all rode up on the fake "scene" they came running over to me to make sure I was ok and I turned over and yelled "GOTCHA" and laughed my ass off.. Now when/if I crash they don't even stop !!!!





    Quote Originally Posted by DDawg
    As I whizzed by you? WTF? Did you read my post? You weren't there and no I did not recognize the riders or whatever was written on their jerseys because I can't read shiat 10ft in front of me without my glasses and I've obviously not kept up on the MTBR jersey of the day.

    You got some sage advice there bud. I do recall stopping and checking on you a few months ago -remember? Or maybe you didn't recognize me because I wasn't wearing colors?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan'ger
    Easy, Francis...I don't remember anyone "whizzing" by without at least a pause to listen to questions that others were asking if not asking themselves or at least slowing down.

    I thought that the minimal observer response was looks of concern if nothing else, but we did visibly have the situation under some sort of control.
    Everyone talked to us and showed great concern right? Yep, all except one while you were retrieving the medics.

    "WTF? I know that guy too." I told Victor and Alex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Everyone talked to us and showed great concern right? Yep, all except one while you were retrieving the medics.

    "WTF? I know that guy too." I told Victor and Alex.

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    I've come across many MTBR riders who couldn't distinguish me from Joe Blow and hence the total lack of acknowledgement on their part-it's Ok. You want to vent -ask yourself why it took 1.5 hrs for the medics to show? Why didn't you send somebody down sooner to check on paramedic location? You knew it had rained and that the trails were muddy. Why didn't you post somebody a little further up the trail to avoid a collision with downed rider? Lot's of Whys Francois? If you recall my previous posts, I know it's hard, I made sure the medics were within minutes of reaching your location. You should try and address the real issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo
    Hey Victor....we were one of the first people to come down and see you on the ground. Really glad to hear everything will be ok.

    Francis- Great to see you on a dirty bike again.

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    Hey Josh, it was real good seeing you. It's good to be back at demo. This week will exhibit the finest riding conditions there as the trail dries up a bit.

    Tomorrow I get to do a make-up ride at Wilder!

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    Hang in there!

    Hang in there and you'll be back to this soon!

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    update, update...

    Ok, I just talked to Victor. He is at El Camino Hospital and he will have surgery tomorrow at 8:30 am. He has 2 broken bones, one on his leg and I believe another one on the ankle. The tendons and joints seem ok. They will insert a bunch of pins tomorrow.

    He will be out of action sports for a few months. After the bones are stabilized, the doctor might go in later and move some pins around to get some rehab going. There is a good chance of 100% recovery and that is Victor's main concern.

    Victor was in very good spirits and was cracking jokes as usual. He knew about the posts on this thread and he extends his gratitude to everyone. Victor is a trooper and is prob'ly the most improved rider this year thanks to his great attitude.

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    Bummer

    Hope you feel better. I saw you on the way down, surprised to see that you looked in good spirits considering the circumstances. Wishing you 100% recovery.The snow season is going to suck anyways. Thanks to the Francis and the guys for giving us the pre-warning you can get going pretty fast on Corral and with the conditions at Demo today it might have been a recipe for disaster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowjnky
    Hope you feel better. I saw you on the way down, surprised to see that you looked in good spirits considering the circumstances. Wishing you 100% recovery.The snow season is going to suck anyways. Thanks to the Francis and the guys for giving us the pre-warning you can get going pretty fast on Corral and with the conditions at Demo today it might have been a recipe for disaster.
    Great seeing you again Chris. Thanks for checking up on us.

    Victor is pretty amazing. He remained upbeat and kept cracking jokes. Before the medics came though. His face was turning very pale and he was starting to shake quite a bit.

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    Wow, sorry to hear about Victor's broken bones. I hope they heal quickly!

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    injuries sux - foot/heel/ankle injuries sux-er-er!! Sorry to hear a bout the late season injury V - we've never met, but I've had a nasty heel injury a few years ago, so I can relate. Keep your chin up and hopes high – you’ll be back stronger than ever! Cheers!

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    Dang. I'm very sorry to hear about that, Victor.

    Here's to a speedy recovery, and to your family taking good care of you in the mean time.
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    Hey Victor - best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery! Bummer to read that you were hurt but nice to read about the post-crash care from your friends, CDF, Sheriff, etc., and that the prognosis is good for a complete recovery.

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    get well soon, those chairs sure look comfortable, I will to be sure to bring them everytime

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    Get well soon, Victor!!!

    I was saddened to read about Victor. He's a really cool guy with a great attitude.

    Hey Victor... Can I have your bike while you rehab? j/k

    Heal up fast... you'll be better than ever

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    It was scary to hear about an accident on Corral, and it being some 'clean cut white dude with a MTBR jersey'. We thought it was Dan, or Victor.
    When we rolled to the parking lot, and saw Victor sitting there, he was in amazing spirit for having just gone through that. He sat there as if his leg hurts and he's just resting it. Wow. Tough dude.
    Get well my friend. See you in Spring on the trails, and you can teach how you trackstand so well.

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    Francois response is revealing

    As a veteran ride leader I have become very sensitive to how people respond to injured riders. I probably expect more of passing riders or riders in the group than most. Some months back I berated dipwads at China Camp who failed to support a rider injured in their own group. As Francois has, uh...... been on that gurney himself pretty recently, such a circumstance is highly charged. It has taken him a lot of time and effort to bring himself back.
    I know that this might sound dippy but such trailside injuries are often a challenge to manage in many different ways. As such lots of feeling are stirred and lots of things get said. In the end we are all in a better postion to understand. We might keep that in mind.

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    being an outsider, i hate to invade this tread. it sounds like you folks did really well with the situation, however, having over 20 years as an emt in the the wilderness setting i feel it is very important to say two things. 1- take a first aid class with cpr and 2- with large groups have an emergency plan before riding. this reduces the risk of panic and helps with an emergency, if one should arise. i have been thinking about putting on a mountain bike specific 1st aid class and with enough interest maybe i will do one next year. p.s. have a speedy recovery victor.

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    Wilderness First Aid

    Wilderness First Aid training will be provided at the Norcal High School Racing Leadership Summit. This session will held on Saturday November 11 at Tamrancho as a part or the League's focus on developing important skills for coaches and volunteers. This session is open to all interested adults and is focused on application in mountain biking. I've done this course and it is very well presented.
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    Victor, get well soon.

    Damn, those large MTBR rides have been claiming quite a bit of bones this year. Hopefully, that's the end of the streak.
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    Thanks for the update, Francis. In a wierd way, it's good to hear that his injury was broken bones and not torn ligaments and cartilage. Broken bones are painful and disabling but they heal completely, usually without any lingering after-effects. Dislocated joints are almost always problematic after the first incident and cartilage does not regrow.

    Victor, it was good to talk to you and see that you were taking the injury in stride. I'm glad you were with first class friends that looked after you and that your buddy Alex was with you and could get you to the ER. All the best for you my Nomad riding brother, let us know if there's anything we can do to help you and your family out. Maybe the silver lining to this cloud is a little extra bonus time with the family.

    Looks like you may be getting some titanium bling. I'm sorry it won't be on the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDawg
    I've come across many MTBR riders who couldn't distinguish me from Joe Blow and hence the total lack of acknowledgement on their part-it's Ok.
    That's true. I don't know who you are and unless I've ridden with you. I don't know who most of the people are that post on this board but I do find a connection in seeing someone wearing the same "colors." It at least peaks my interest to ask who someone is. I met "loll" out at Demo a few weeks ago - he introduced himself after seeing Victor and me wearing our MTBR "colors."

    Quote Originally Posted by DDawg
    You want to vent -ask yourself why it took 1.5 hrs for the medics to show? Why didn't you send somebody down sooner to check on paramedic location? You knew it had rained and that the trails were muddy. Why didn't you post somebody a little further up the trail to avoid a collision with downed rider?
    We found out the answers to the rest of the questions soon after. It took longer for the paramedics to show because there were vehicles from the Trailhead bike demos parked in the way of the gate as well as poor trail conditions to get emergency vehicles up. We could hear the sirens echoing throughout the valley. When the sirens stopped, that's when we made the decision to send someone down - I volunteered.

    Up until that point, one of us had been standing farther up the trail to shout to fast moving riders to slow down while waiving our arms, etc. There was a bike layed crosswise in the trail as an attempted signal that something was ahead. Considering that is was a very blinged out Intense Spider 29" with full XTR kit, I would have probably had an accident flying down the trail as I stared at the bike instead of watching the trail...but that's another story.

    We did ask other riders to point the paramedics to the right place if they saw them. We did ask some riders that said that they were headed back to the lot to see if there were others wearing the MTBR "colors" and if they saw them to relay the basic rider down info.

    In retrospect, we could have asked any one or more of the people that came across us and voiced concern to do more than we asked them to do. We could have asked one of them to stand uphill farther to flag down other high-speed riders since it really did take both Alex and Francis to make sure that Victor was comfy while I rode down.

    So, without making this any bigger of a deal than it needs to be - OK, your eyesight is poor so didn't recognize Francis or the MTBR colors BUT if you had, would you have stopped to find out how you could have helped the situation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike
    Wilderness First Aid training will be provided at the Norcal High School Racing Leadership Summit. This session will held on Saturday Novemeber 10 at Tamrancho as a part or the League's focus on developing important skills for coaches and volunteers. This session is open to all interested adults and is focused on application in mountain biking. I've done this course and it is very well presented.
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    A little clairification Mike - November 10 is a Friday, November 11 is a Saturday...which day?
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    Quote Originally Posted by norton55
    being an outsider, i hate to invade this tread. it sounds like you folks did really well with the situation, however, having over 20 years as an emt in the the wilderness setting i feel it is very important to say two things. 1- take a first aid class with cpr and 2- with large groups have an emergency plan before riding. this reduces the risk of panic and helps with an emergency, if one should arise. i have been thinking about putting on a mountain bike specific 1st aid class and with enough interest maybe i will do one next year. p.s. have a speedy recovery victor.
    I certainly agree. It's full time I renewed my first aid and CPR classes. I recently took a child/infant first aid/CPR class as one of the pre-birth readiness battery but it was not a certification level class.

    It's been a long time since I was a boy scout and a slightly less time since I was a lifeguard at a community pool but in either case, way too long and some of the methods do change over time.
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    Wilderness First Aid Date Correction

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    Hey Victor, get well fast and be sure to rehab religiously. You'll be back before you know it.

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