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Running late for a group Sourdough ride, I opted to pull into Beaver Reservoir and intercept the group ride a half hour after there supposed 9am start out of Camp Dick.

They didn't show up until 10, meaning they started a half hour late anyway (I coulda made it to the main start). There were 15 or more of them - this is how large group rides go - lots of waiting.

This was a rare collection of most of the usual front range suspects - many talented riders were present.

At 10:30, Athalliah had a hard fall. Somebody heard a groan when she fell, but by the time we got back to her, she was up and at'em. We took a 10 minute break in the shade anyway, while we ate, drank, and let Athalliah dust herself off. (Who's got that photo of Athalliah's 5 o'clock shadow?)

Proceeding on, at maybe 11:00, IBMKid broke a derailleur cable. That took another half hour to fix.

(Being slow means you're at the back which means you get to see all the action!)

Riding on, it took about 10 minutes to catch up to where most of the group was waiting for us. We took a brief rest, then started on.

Immediately upon restarting, Athalliah, who was riding directly in front of me, dismounted on a fairly easy move, and complained of tunnel vision.

Uh Oh.

Us laggards insisted she sit down and rest, but Athalliah's a tough one, and she tried repeatedly to get on her bike and get going!

A few more minutes went by and Athalliah complained of dizziness and was obviously increasingly uncomfortable, and had moments of incoherence, and the 5 or 6 of us nearby started to worry. JoeMTBer started to walk her down the trail, but didn't get very far before Athallia fainted, while VA_HArdtail and I rode out to get help. Around 11:50 we reached the Boy Scout camp where there luckily happened to be a paramedic. He put in a call to emergency response and then drove with us back to a remote intermediate trailhead, about 2 tough miles below where we had left Athallia. (Great navigation John!)

VA_Hardtail and the paramedic started hiking up the trail to Athallia a little bit after noon, while I waited. By 12:30 there were about 15 4wd cars at this remote trailhead from various emergency response organizations, including Boulder Sheriffs, the Fire Department, the Forest Service, and Rocky Mountain Rescue. Various people starting hiking up the trail with medical kit and eventually a Sheriff with a quad headed up the trail as well, carrying an EMT. (I must say that I was most impressed by the emergency response. There were many qualified people heading up to Athalia within 30 minues of the call, and this in a fairly remote location. There was no chaos, either - it was well coordinated and orchestrated.)

It might have been 12:45 or 1:00 before the first EMT made it to Athalliah. I overheard some medical reports over the radio, and some were worrying while others were reassuring. In any case, it was decided that a helicopter evac was appropriate.

For a bit, we cleared an area for a helicopter to land, and then they determined that there was a landing zone closer to Athallia, and everybody left for that location.

That's the end of my involvement until around 6pm when I received a Sheriff's call stating that Athallia was at St. Anthony's (Central) in Denver, and doing fine.

Anyway, it's my understanding that Athalia will be spending the night at the hospital and is able to see visitors...I'm sure that friends would be welcome.

Get well fast Athalliah!
 

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Get well fast Athalliah!
Wow! Healing vibes being sent Athalliah's way from Jen and I. Here are some get well flowers from the trail today.

Thanks so much to you Tom, and to John, Dave (scrub), Jason, Joe, Brian and I think I'm forgetting some folks for helping her out!

It sure seemed like she had recovered ok. Then we got reports she was bailing and folks were helping her out. Then we heard scrub had been summoned - oh jeez. Then we heard the helicopter when we were way out there on the trail and we worried a little but figured nah, no way it's for Athalliah.

What a day! Broken bikes (not frames or anything), lost crowns, Athalliah getting hurt, the Springs folks getting a tour, 20 miles in 8 hours :eekster:, and Scrub in the whirlwind of helping Athalliah and missing his own ride!

Last I heard scrub was on his way to the hospital to visit and make sure things were ok.

Thanks again to everyone that helped Athalliah.

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She's doing ok. Decent concussion, and they are keeping her at least overnight for obs; they'll send her home once everything is clear in a day or so.

Her bike and so on is stasheed away, and the BoCo Sherrif folks are working on getting her car back into town for her.

(her keys have gone MIA; we found house keys, but not the car keys!)
 

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If anybody can pass this word along to the BoCo Sheriffs, Athalliah's car keys are locked in her car. And yes, she had this moment of brilliance before her concussion!
 

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So happy to hear she is ok. I will say it as well, thanks to everyone who helped her out. Especially scub who cut short his own going away ride and went back to make sure she would be ok.

From the other thread.
athalliah said:
Cookies, condiments and hamburger meat that mysteriously appeared in my freezer.

(and some beer)
Does that mean there is ground beef locked in her car?:eekster:
 

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Scary story, glad she is doing ok! (and I'm sure getting great care from my former co-workers on 2E at St A's)

Wow, a helicopter evac. That's a lot of excitement for a going-away party. Kudos to all who helped out. Get well soon, Athalliah!
 

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Wow, whata day.
Tom, beautiful back yard, and you neighbor says hello. Thanks for taking care of my child and who's helmet doesn't stink.
 

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What a day... I've never ridden with such purpose as when we were trying to get help to Athalliah. All thoughts for my personal safety disappeared while riding the (new to me) trails like a bat out of hell for help. Everyone was amazing - JoeMTBR, Scrubby, VAHardtail, FrontRanger (who may have set the downhill Sourdough record trying to get help), Brian, Tom, rescue crews, fire department, helicopters... it was crazy trying to coordinate and communicate with all groups. My body is dead from riding back and forth over that tough terrain trying to help search and rescue and communicate with the larger group. Probably the best hurt I've felt knowing how important this ride was to our fallen sister!

Scrubby - great riding with you again (er behind you again) and good luck in the next chapter in your life. You are a great guy and we'll miss you!

I'm so glad that Athalliah is okay! Heal up quickly, Hillary, and keep us up to date!
 

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Thanks again to everyone that helped Athalliah.
You all did a great job getting help to her as fast as you did; well done.

It was our pleasure to be of service to a fellow MTB'er! :eek:

-J\V
 

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Glad to hear it sounds like she'll be fine.

And lastly:
 

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I'm relieved to hear she's doing ok. Thanks so much to everyone who helped with her evacuation. Athalliah, it was good to meet you (however briefly it was), and I hope you recover quickly!
 

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You all did a great job getting help to her as fast as you did; well done.

It was our pleasure to be of service to a fellow MTB'er! :eek:

-J\V
:eek: indeed :)

I assume you flew the 'copter - thanks!

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Always good to ride with a nurse! Glad to hear nothing too serious, but WOW, exciting ride. I was up doing home>Coney Flats>BTP>Camp Dick and saw all the cars, no emergency vehicles until I was headed into Ned. The emergency response folks up here don't mess around, all business and there when you need them.

I'm going to head out the door for a short spin momentarily but if you need any help recovering stuff that may have been left behind let me know.
 

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Keep us posted

Atalliah,
First of all I would like to say you are one of the toughest and possibly one of the most stubborn people I have ever met.
The day started off great, knowing it was going to be a long day in the saddle "or so I thought" I paced myself up the first couple climbs with expectations of a down hill to beat all, after hearing kristians and paulmtbrs description of the ride I want a do over and challenge this ride again.
After the second climb I believe, we were coming down hill just after a large fallen tree, and we heard behind that Athalliah had crashed, since this was my first time with most of this group I can only name a handfull of people, a couple went back up the hill and got her up and back to where we took our first break. She looked OK and was talking to the group laughing and feeling bad that she went down, so is the life on the bike as we can all attest to.
Tom, John, Jason, Dave and my new best friend Brian, Thank you, I know you guys did awsome, from the time I called off the walk out and laid her down to wait for help it was just under 50 minutes before first help arrived. As Brian and I waited with Athalliah for help the situation was going from bad to worse, we did the only thing we could which was to keep her awake, laying as still as possible and asking her questions she would know the answers to, sometime she got them right and other times the answer was not to be found.
Tom, last night you asked me if I was scared, I would say the thought to get up, pick her up and carry her down the hill came to me more than once. It has been years since I had been put into a situation so intense, our major concern was to get Athalliah out of there quickly and safely, which meant we had to wait for help to arrive.
Poor Athalliah had to lay in the middle of the trail for three and a half hours until they figured out that the only thing we did not have at her side was a back board, took so long that the pilot and crew arrived on site and waited for transport as well.
There is so much more that can be said about that topic but we will leave it to the Boulder volunteers and search and rescue, I am sure they learned from this experience and what needs to be corrected. In the big picture they got her out of there and into a hospital safe and sound environment, what better ending can you ask for.

Hillary, thank you for understanding that when we called for help this was a situation non of us wanted to happen, but when it did you knew it was all about you. Get well soon and look forward to riding with you again soon, either in the springs or up in denver.
 

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It was our pleasure to be of service to a fellow MTB'er! :eek:
i wondered if you might've been behind the stick... but i thought the FFL 'copters were orange (and the blue birds were flown by airlife)?

glad to hear she's okay. :thumbsup:
 

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It's a rental... :yikes:
 

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i'd hate to see that rental bill!

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It's a rental... :yikes:
from golden rent all?
"yeah, i'll take an inflatable jumpy castle, some propane, a roto-tiller, and how about a bell jet ranger"

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The following post probably won't make much sense as I've suffered quite the bump to the noggin.

Wow, it's amazing to read that through the eyes of others.

I can't thank everyone enough who helped me. I was a stubborn pain in the arse who didn't want to stop riding, let alone go for a helicopter ride.

A VERY BIG THANKS TO SCRUB who selflessly gave up his ride to help someone else out of the woods and came with Mrs. Scrub to see me at St. Antony's. MORE THANKS THAN I CAN GIVE TO JOE and BOB!/BRYAN -Thank you thank you for not letting me sleep in the woods. You stayed by my side the whole time and I am eternally thankful. Tom, John, Jason, and Dave thank you for staying with me and getting help. Thanks to Brian and your lovely girlfriend whose name is escaping me; John, Amy and Tom for visiting me in the hospital. Thank you to everyone else who held my neck in place, helped me pee, went for help or however you were of assistance. Thank you to Rocky Mountain Rescue, the guy who helped keep my head straight for what must have been an eternity, Boulder County Sheriff, the Forest Service, Flight for Life, St. Anthony's Trauma Center, all the other pairs of eyes I saw that day and whomever else was of aid. It is very difficult to put together the events and people involved as I was fluttering in and out of consciousness. I do know that without all of you I would still be up at Sourdough trying to ride out.

What a pretty place to fall down.

The day started well enough, good company and good beer on ice awaiting our return. After being one of the last to attempt a log ride at a clearing; everyone turned into the woods and I made chase. On a sandy pedaling decent my front wheel washed out and I went flying over my handlebars, landing on my face and elbows. Ed, Scrub and ...sorry still blanking on names a little...came back as I was rolling around whimpering. I climbed back on my bike and rode down to the group wearing the five o'clock dusting with pride. Shaking subsided, we continued on and then derailleur issues ensued. It was while we were sitting on the trail, munching food and joking around that my vision began to blur. It was as if I were looking through soap bubbles. I didn't say anything until the ride started again because I didn't want to make a deal of it.

Well that didn’t work out so well

So surrounded by some of the nicest guys on the Front Range, I was forced to sit down and rest a while. The only thing I wanted to do was for everyone else to get back on their bikes. My vision became increasingly worse, I could barely see and this is when I being to lose track of the afternoon. I was convinced that we had been moving around all afternoon and had little sense of place. Looking at the pictures I can remember where we were and that we weren't far from where we ate lunch. I couldn’t have walked out of those woods if I wanted, I was totally disoriented.

Being the injured party, I had no idea I had been laying in the woods for as long as I had. Thanks again for staying with me and interrupting your rides. I still feel really bad about that. I'll stop apologizing now :)

So from the medical side of things...

I had a few CT Scans (head and neck) both which came back negative with exception of a little white guy in my head above my left eyebrow. My ears were popping and shifting around a lot which they think may have been due to swelling/fluids in my head. My blood sugar was around 30 when I entered the Trauma I center (normal is 80-110), so that's something I need to follow up on and possibly monitor. We'll see when I've my follow up with my PCP (I should get one of those). Oh I’ve also a severe concussion.

Anyway, I'll be fine. No permanent damage. Right now I feel like someone ripped out my spine then beat me with it but it’s to be expected. “No strenuous activity for two weeks”, but when I’m functioning again I look forward to the no helicopters reunion ride.

And yes, there is ground meat in my car.

athalliah
 

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Wow! What a drama! Athalliah, I wouldn't apologize too much to Scrubby for ruining his ride, this is one he'll probably remember forever and he got to show off his real skills and value as a ride partner. Probably the perfect send off ride for him (except for the somebody got hurt part).

You're lucky this accident happened when you were with a group of such good souls!
 
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