This year i bought myself a linemans belt, trying to be safe and all, to climb in and out of fixed positions stands, for 20yrs i just climbed up the steps having no worries whatsoever.i was checking on one of my stands to clear out some vines, climbed up with harness no problem cleared out vines, on my way down i had to remove rope that goes around tree to get around a large limb. in the process of trying to swing rope back around i must have lost my footing and down i went. i remember reaching for branch almost in slow motion then i heard my leg explode, then nothing. i knocked myself out when i hit the ground. when i awoke i could not move and i thought this is it im paralyzed, then slowly i started to move one muscle at a time. i had to crawl to my pack to call for help, the whole time i didnt realize i could not move my legs at all when help finally arrived feelings in my legs came back. i had an emt buddy come out to help and he said im lucky to be alive i asked why he said i fell 17ft and landed exactly between two large tree stumps that stood 4ft off ground, six inches either way and my head/neck would probably have hit first and who knows what would have happened then. well my season is over before it started but i guess i could be worse huh. i shattered my fibula, screws and k wire were needed to do reconstructive surgey, and my knee is basically destroyed, im probably gonna need another surgery to fix the knee when i heal. to everyone please be safe when climbing in and out of trees in a moments notice it could all change. good luck to everyone this season and be SAFE!
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