Posts Tagged ‘falls

13
Sep
16

take care…

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As some of you know, SwittersB & Exploring use to be SwittersB & Fly Fishing. I switched names because my interests had expanded into a broader arena, photography wise. That said, in the past, I frequently reminded readers to stay fit for safety reasons. I am ever more convinced of the need for maintaining strength and flexibility, particularly in the lower extremities if one is out hopping about on uneven terrain (see those shoreline rocks behind me).

I have taken several bad falls the last few years along rivers and trails, which ultimately required a complex surgery on my ankle this Spring (further I have damaged the back, wrists and elbows). The rehabilitative process is ongoing and not like it was even ten years ago.

Please maintain your foot, leg, hip, core strength especially if you are out moving about on uneven surfaces. Once older, the restorative consequences are sobering. Stay stronger, be safe!!!

03
Mar
16

fair warning…

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29
Jan
16

This is it….

“Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”     Mary Ann Radmacher

This is it…your one life. At least once, walk to the edge and glimpse the possibilities…not just the dangers. Constant risk assessment becomes stifling, paralyzing. 

 

05
May
15

Between two rocks & a hard place…

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At this point, this young woman was about 20′ above the ground. She continued up another 30′ or so up this vertical shaft, of sorts. Her father scurried up the wall, as if nothing, and continued on much higher. I have trouble negotiating a step ladder, So, I admire free climbing.

This week, a young man fell 150′ to his death at Rocky Butte near my home. Every few years, a climber dies on the North side of Rocky Butte.

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Here Portland Fire & Rescue prepare to rescue a climber stranded on the side of Rocky Butte in the dark. Also, they are always tasked with recovering the bodies of fallen climbers, who might be wedged in the rocks above the lowest point below.

 

18
Oct
14

Slippery Rocks….

Drawn to the edge, it seems unavoidable. Once there the rocks are slippery, rolling, movng. It all feels unusual, risky and awkward. Slips, falls and bruises ensue. But the energy, beauty, reality is amazing. This is life, living on the edge. 

Slippery rocks block

my path along the river,

but I adapt

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20
Sep
12

Ladder Safety (Ol’ Farts Beware)

That time of year is coming, up on a ladder to clean out gutters, roof repairs, Christmas lights. Falls from ladders are an obvious workplace hazard, but they are also a leading cause of injury/deaths for men at home. If you infrequently get up on a ladder take the time to insure safe use of the ladder. If you are older…be even more careful.




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