Recovering After a Serious Accident

Recovering After a Serious Accident

Taken by Gimpilator on August 27th, 2014 on my third day of being in the hospital. I had a serious mountain climbing accident that I'm very glad I survived. Right now I'm at home finally allowed to use 1 1/2 hands to type. It's very likely that it will be a year before I am allowed to climb again. While it's sad in a sense, I had an amazing summer and am taking it well. I'll miss running and the physical difficulties I pushed myself through. But some day I will return to my realms of adventure. For now I have much writing to do.
Josh Lewis
on Sep 5, 2014 1:51 am
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Marcsoltan - Sep 5, 2014 2:04 am - Voted 10/10

Dying to know...

what happened, but for now I'm happy to see that defiant smile.
Keep up the spirit, it's worth more than a thousand summits.

All the best and you'll be back before you know it.

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Sep 5, 2014 3:30 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Dying to know...

Thanks Marc, it takes a lot to snag a smile off my face. Things gotta be pretty bad for that to fade.

Anyways, I hope to write the story in a week or so.


Lodewijk - Sep 5, 2014 3:14 am - Voted 10/10


I received your PM where you said you had some kind of accident, but I didn't realize it was so serious... I wish you all the best and a quick recovery!

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Sep 5, 2014 3:26 am - Hasn't voted

Re: PM

Thanks Lodewijk. I was replying to an elf message and was giving a quick reason for the response delay (other elves have been busy too). I plan on posting the story hopefully within the next week.


Afzal - Sep 5, 2014 3:28 am - Voted 10/10


Wishing for your best health. I hope/wish you will be back to your climbing and hiking activities soon.
Best regards, Afzal

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Sep 6, 2014 9:20 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Accident!

Surgery may put me a ways back, I am however hoping to get into hiking within a few months. I already dreamed about it. Typing will be rough soon once I am down to only a single finger for a while. Anyways thanks Afzal.


hiltrud.liu - Sep 5, 2014 3:35 am - Hasn't voted

All the best...

speedy recovery ... and get better soon...

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Sep 6, 2014 9:23 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: All the best...

Thanks, the next stage of recovery is coming soon (surgery). Computer work is keeping me busy. :-)

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle - Sep 5, 2014 3:56 am - Voted 10/10

Best wishes...

...Josh for a full and speedy recovery. Keep on smiling and keep the faith! :-) Cheers Dave

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Sep 6, 2014 9:27 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Best wishes...

Absolutely! You have my word.

Vid Pogachnik

Vid Pogachnik - Sep 5, 2014 5:39 am - Hasn't voted

Best wishes, Josh!

You'll recover soon :)

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Sep 6, 2014 9:26 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Best wishes, Josh!

Hopefully at least my side so that I'm allowed to laugh again. ;-) Anyways thanks Vid.


Dean - Sep 5, 2014 8:03 am - Voted 10/10


Josh, so sorry to hear of your accident and I too wish you a speedy recovery. I'm glad to see you are still able to smile about it. Thanks for all you do at summitpost as well.

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Sep 6, 2014 9:33 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Bummer

Thanks Dean. I've got a lot of work to do with trip reports, pages, and SummitPost itself. Once I recover enough to use both hands (perhaps a month) I plan on going full on with that. Because of my situation and economics I'll have a lot of free time on my hands during Fall.


awilsondc - Sep 5, 2014 10:12 am - Voted 10/10


That looks rough Josh! Hey, sometimes these things are a blessing in disguise. I'm sure you learned a thing or two from the experience. Rest and heal up. I'm so glad it wasn't worse! Take care!

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Jan 7, 2015 12:56 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Dang!

Thanks Aaron. Still resting up, but at least now have both hands.

Silvia Mazzani

Silvia Mazzani - Sep 5, 2014 11:01 am - Voted 10/10


Your smile tells me that you - after all - are taking it well! And during the sad moments, think to "your" wonderful Alpamayo!
All my best wishes, Silvia

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Jan 7, 2015 12:57 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Josh!

Thanks Silvia, indeed I think about Alpamayo a lot. It was such an incredible experience.


chicagotransplant - Sep 5, 2014 1:41 pm - Hasn't voted

Best Wishes

Sorry to hear about your accident, best wishes for a fast and full recovery!

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Jan 7, 2015 12:58 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Best Wishes

Thanks CT. The head injury is lasting longer than expected but at least I'm still making recovery.

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