INLAND NW ROUTES
Today, I would like to discuss a common injury in the mountains.
Yeas ago, I was on a solo hike to the North Twin of the Seven Sisters of the American Selkirks.
As I was descending to Beehive Lake, I twisted my ankle.
I immediately dropped to the ground, and put my foot up as vertical as I could. I used a small Sub-Alpine Fir to hold my leg up.
My leg remained up that tree for nearly an hour.
There was some snow near by, so I collected some for an ice pack. Carry an assortment of ziplock bags.
When my ankle was feeling less pained, I slowly started to lower my leg wrapped in the ice pack.
If the throbbing started again, I put it back up, until it didn’t hurt so much. And lowered it slowly.
Eventually, my foot was able to be on the ground. After treating my ankle with a special essential oils mixture, I re-laced, my boots and very carefully got to my feet.
My ankle hurt a bit, but I could walk on it, carefully.
By turning your toes outward, it takes the stress off the tendons.
Also, if you walk on the higher part of a trail, you can point your injured foot down slope, as you walk.
That takes the pressure off your tendons.
Over my decades of rambling, I’ve learned that if my foot, ankle, knee, are hurting, there is a way of walking that will reduce my pain, or eliminate it all together.
As soon as you feel a pain, adjust your stride, and angle of your foot to eliminate the pain.
It may take several adjustments to the angle to find a more comfortable stride.
I gathered my gear, and headed down the 4.2 miles to my van.
About two miles from the trailhead, I stepped into a hole and down I went again. This time I was on the ground for 2-3 hours before standing.
The last two miles, took me 4.5 hours to carefully walk, a way that didn’t bend the ankle.
When I got to my van, I propped my leg up, and tried to rest.
A few hours later, I was able to drive down the Pack River towards home.
I took off a few days of work to keep my ankle elevated and iced.
I eventually went back to work.
My take away for you, is simple.
Follow the following instructions, and you may be able to walk away from a twisted ankle.
We hope the above will help you walk out on your own, in case of an emergency. I wrap about 8 feet of Gorilla Tape on each hiking pole.
I have use this tape to make a lower leg support peg, or build a crutch.
A 50’ length of parachute cord can be used in so many emergency circumstances.
Dollar Tree has Coban bandages that are 5 yards long by 2” wide, for just $1.25.
They are infinitely safer and more effective than Ace Bandages.
Chic Burge David Crafton
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