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James Burmood Medical Update

I was asked by James' family members to update the group on his current medical status after the fall he sustained. James endured a 70-80 ft fall from the last rappel in Parker Creek Canyon yesterday afternoon. Gila County Search and Rescue team was able to locate and stabilize him Wednesday evening and then James' was air lifted out of the canyon Thursday morning and taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center with multiple broken bones. James underwent a surgery this afternoon and is said to be doing "okay". They are anticipating more surgeries over the course of his hospital stay. James' family is welcoming friends and visitors to continue to keep James' spirits up during his recovery. However, they have asked to keep visits short and sweet. Again, he is located at the Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center in the ICU, room 258. Please contact the hospital to inquire about ICU visiting hours at (480) 882-4000. Please keep him in your thoughts for a speedy recovery.

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  • Mark

    Hey Jim - don't know you but I understand the challenge. Broke my neck in 1981, C2 and C4. I'm out climbing, rapping, backpacking and doing all the crazy things we all love to do. Mental imagery, friends, lots of humor and continuous belief that it was all gonna be okay got me through. You have a lot of good friends here and I am sure off line too. make sure they stay involved long term. Look forward to canyoneering with you some day. Be well and keep us informed.

    2 · March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Mellissa. I would like it back and I will be thankful for my Imlay pack to be fixed. It will be at least a year physical recovery for me and about ten plus week in hospitals.

    1 · March 21, 2013

  • Chip

    Earlier I asked about accident details for the sake of learning what happened and applying that knowledge to become a safer canyoneer. I haven't seen any other comments about that, but I found an accident report this morning and am sharing it here for anyone else who had the same concern:

    http://www.canyoneering.net/forums/showthread.php?5170-Accident-in-Parker-Canyon

    Between that report and my own conversation with James about the event I know he used a knot chock anchor and it failed after Jack successfully rappelled. I'm not convinced that anyone has pinpointed the exact cause of the failure yet, though the report has some theories & makes some good general observations about chock anchors. Meanwhile, in the course of my inquiries I also heard a couple anecdotal reports of chock anchors failing when backup anchors were in place. Based on all of these stories I will personally give greater scrutiny to chock anchors in the future, and to the importance of backing them up.

    2 · March 18, 2013

  • Deven

    Parker Creek was flowing strong!
    Rescue Video: not sure where they got "200 ft" from...
    http://www.azfamily.com/news/Rappeller-falls-200-ft-spends-cold-night-in-canyon-near-Globe-197988351.html
    James, it would have been a picturesque ride if you could have seen it. Get well my friend. -deven

    March 17, 2013

    • Eron

      You know James, there's easier ways to get a helicopter ride!

      March 18, 2013

    • Chip

      One of my coworkers sent me that same link and I wondered about "200 ft" as well. Sounds like the media took something out of context or otherwise invented that detail. I did notice that the trip page for Parker at Todd's Hiking Guide mentioned a 200' rope, but apart from that I'm not sure how the number 200 might have come up. Of course if James were to say it was actually *500* feet, who would I be to correct him? I wasn't there. ;)

      March 18, 2013

  • Heather H.

    Jim has been moved from ICU to room 636. He is in good spirits and happy to receive visitors.

    1 · March 18, 2013

  • Melissa W.

    James I have all of your gear. Found it on Saturday behind a rock at the bottom of that last rapel. Contact me and I can deliver it to you or to a family member.

    1 · March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to everyone for your kind concerns. Above all thank you Jack Hasselbusch for gettting out of canyon to call authorities. The sherrif was there within two hours and search and resue within three. You saved my life Jack. Thank You So Mucn =')

    3 · March 17, 2013

  • Al P.

    Saw James today around 12:30. He seemed pretty heavily sedated but able to carry on a conversation if haltingly. Only was there for about 10 min max, but he seems in good positive spirits. Told him Az Tech and Facebook were loaded with good wishes for him and he smiled and said he appreciated that. Both legs heavily wrapped....

    March 15, 2013

  • Theodore A.

    James, Keep the spirits up and heal well my friend. It was good to see you in great spirits yesterday.

    March 15, 2013

  • Avi E.

    I am not surprised that you survived this fall James - you're a tough MF'er! Keep your spirits high and heal quickly.

    March 15, 2013

  • John James Orlando J.

    James, Wish you well.

    March 15, 2013

  • Deven

    James, Wow. First of all I wish you all the best in medical attention and recovery karma. No laughing matter--get well soon. This sounds like the rap that we went to last year when we ascended back out and up Cadillac. That would be a nasty tumble. Total vertical and onto some brutal rocks. If anyone has the kryptonite nads to pull through that though, it is you my friend. You always have to be one-upping us on your adventure stories! :) I look forward to hearing this one from you personally the next time we meet in a canyon. Take care James. -deven

    2 · March 15, 2013

  • Eron

    James, speedy recovery, thoughts are with you.

    March 15, 2013

  • Johnny C.

    James, you do not know me, I'm new to canyoneering and new to the group. I wish you a speedy recovery. My payers are with you and your family.

    3 · March 15, 2013

  • Forest B.

    Damn James. Get well soon buddy.

    March 15, 2013

  • John B.

    I changed the time on this because it fell on the nurses shift change and Jim won't be allowed visitors for an hour before or after that. The visiting hours start back up at 8 pm. I'm Grateful and proud to see everyone showing so much support for one of our own, as I'm sure Jim most definitely is as well.

    1 · March 15, 2013

  • Ramblin R.

    James, My heart is with you, please heal quickly

    March 15, 2013

  • Bill P.

    Jim, come back from this one man. We want to see you in the canyons again. Speedy recovery my friend.

    2 · March 15, 2013

  • Chip

    James, I'm glad you're still with us, man. To anyone who knows more about this incident, how did the fall occur? Was it a rappel accident, and was an anchor or equipment malfunction involved? In short, is there a safety lesson the rest of us can learn here?

    March 15, 2013

  • Anne T.

    speedy recovery.

    March 15, 2013

  • Larry J.

    Sorry to hear about this. James, I am praying for your complete recovery and speedy return to the canyons.

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hang in there - our family's thoughts and prayers go out to you!

    March 14, 2013

  • Kyle S.

    Hoping you get well soon!

    March 14, 2013

  • Melissa W.

    James you are a rock star. Laying in the hospital bed you were still talking about what a great canyon Parker is. We will be thinking of you and tracking your progress. Hugs from all of us!

    March 14, 2013

  • Heather H.

    Thinking of you Jim and wishing you a well and quick recovery. We're here for you and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

    March 14, 2013

  • Tammy

    Thinking of you my friend... Keep fighting! You're an amazing person and you'll get through it!!!

    March 14, 2013

  • John B.

    You're in our thoughts and prayers Jim.

    March 14, 2013

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