Peak(s):  Ridgeline High Point - 6280
Date Posted:  03/07/2018
Date Climbed:   03/03/2018
Author:  Jay521
 Trials and tribulations...   

On the road to recovery


Trailhead: Towneplace Suites, Lone Tree, CO
Route: Up, then down
Length: About a mile.
Vertical: 100 feet
Partners: Buddy the dog

This all started when the water line to our refrigerator developed a small leak which, over the course of several days, put enough water in the basement ceiling that it all came crashing down. Given that our kitchen has hardwood floors, some of that had to be replaced which necessitated the whole living area being sanded and re-stained which forced us to move out of our house for about a week. Hence the trailhead. And if that wasn't enough, a couple months after the water damage, I managed to tear my rotator cuff which I discussed here. That put me out of commission for anything remotely serious mountain-wise for a while.

Regarding the rotator cuff injury - here are some pics of what caused it and what it did to me. I was sorta "vaulting" down from one terrace level to the next, putting my weight on the edge of the concrete bench. I did not realize they were not solid and the top teeter-totted off, and went upside down and broke and I crashed my shoulder into it.
Concrete benches above about a 4 foot drop to the next terrace

Another view

The broken bench

Which resulted in this surgical scar...

Our insurance company put us up in the Mariott Towneplace Suites which is (conveniently) right next to Cabela's (in case one needs some last minute
supplies for a hike...)
Not REI but close to the TH

The trailhead

I had looked at the trek from the window of our suite - er - from the "trailhead" and it looked doable even for me.

OK - across the parking lot, take the class 2 route around the truck with the trailer, cross the street, follow the street then go up - yeah - that's the ticket!
Routefinding could be tough?

Fortunately, I have Buddy the Dog on point doing the route finding

What is that in the distance? The remanants of an old miner's shack?

An Indian Medicine wheel?

But no - it ended up being a neat outlook.
Places I've been

1000 feet above the Colorado State Capitol!

With some nice views of the front range.



Naturally, Buddy decided we should take another route down so I acquiesced and let him do the leading (which he always does...)
Heading for civilazation

Thanks for taking the time to read this and please be careful out there! (especially with wobbly concrete benches!)

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
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Comments or Questions
That bench top looks 5th class to me...
03/07/2018 16:35
...and then I saw the high point boulders and thought, "Oh no, Jay, don't do it! Don't vault over those rocks!" Nice report Jay, glad to see you're on the mend.



Thanks, Tom...
03/07/2018 20:09
... for your encouragement and giving me a good laugh! I know - I shoulda rapped from the bench top, eh? I'll know better then next time...


woo hoo!
03/07/2018 18:17
Congrats on the first post surgery summit!


At least you didn't break...
03/07/2018 18:18
...your funny bone! Glad to hear you're OK, Jay.

Heal up for now and maybe you'll be ready to give Pyramid a try come summer. All the best!


Glad to see...
03/07/2018 19:30
...that you're out and about and haven't lost your sense of humor.

BTW, did you find a summit register?


03/07/2018 20:13
@Koeffling - thanks for ALL your help and support!

@ Doug & Eddie - If I ever lose my sense of humor, then I think you can stick a fork in me cuz I'm done. Thanks for your comments, guys! (And no - no summit register. Perhaps if I do that summit again, I could leave one?) And yeah - this year I am GOING to get Pyramid!


03/08/2018 09:44
Would read again.


03/08/2018 12:26
Thanks, John. Much appreciated.


Way to get back at it
03/08/2018 20:20
You'll be back on the big boys in no time!


Thanks, DT
03/09/2018 09:17
Sure seems like the heal time from rotator cuff surgery is longer than anything else I've had to go through. But I will get through it, I'm sure. Thanks again.


03/10/2018 09:57
Jay, another summit you've conquered that I probably won't.


03/11/2018 09:48


03/11/2018 11:49
that's one bench you can't break!! Don't even think about trying! Glad you are doing better, that scar is not too bad looking either. Chicks dig scars!


You got that right...
03/12/2018 12:14
That bench was a killer for sure! Nice to hear from you, Beau. Now that I am retired, perhaps we can do some DougCo or JeffCo open space hikes together?


not what i was expecting
03/12/2018 22:19
and the peanut gallery, too


how long ago was that?
03/12/2018 22:20
i started out thinking to myself, wasn't he JUST asking about this surgery? maybe i read it wrong. nope. it was perfect haha get well soon


03/13/2018 06:41
The water damage to our home occurred 03Oct. At least that's when the basement ceiling came down which means the leak must have started a week or two before that. We had to redo a couple bedrooms and a rec room in the basement and that took most of October. We decided to wait until after the holidays to do the main floor. I tore my rotator cuff on 30Dec and had surgery on 16Jan. Had some contractor issues so really didn't get started on the upstairs until the start of Feb. Total damage to our house (so far) is about $45K. PT has been good and I think I am on - or ahead - of what they thought I would be. Old guys just don't heal as fast as you youngsters! Thanks for your kind wishes.

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