This short note covers the first three pitches of the Heart Line.


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Dan and I decided to take advantage of both a weather window and an ability to get out early before
work one day to go for part of the Heart Line on Heart Mountain. You can tell we were starting early here.


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The line of the complete Heart Line goes up the right horizon line.


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As we got up early, we had a nice look back at Mt McGillivray, a scramble neither Dan nor I want
to do again.


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The start of the route is pretty loose and scrambly in an old water course with a few bolts for
protection. This is Dan coming up to the belay station.


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Dan leading the start of pitch 2.


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Dan at the second belay station.


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A really nice look at Mt. Fable across the Bow Valley.


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Dan making his way up to me at the 3rd belay station.


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So, yeah, our plans went a bit sideways there as we had a rockfall event that hit my shin.
As you can see here, that's bone, so we had to call in the big boys for help. I applied first aid,
belayed Dan back to our anchor, and called in a helicopter to get us off the rock since I couldn't
support weight on my left leg anymore.


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Thank you to Alpine Helicopters and Kananaskis Public Safety for their professional and compassionate
assistance on this day. I called in the rescue via cell phone, but also had my Inreach available
and was absolutely elated when they arrived.


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The KPS guys coming in to package me up. Thanks to Mike and Matt for being awesome on this day.


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The helicopter coming in to pick us up.


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While a heli rescue off a long line sounds like it should be a cool experience working photographing,
in the condition I was in, I was just focused on not shrieking like a girl as my bones were moving
in my leg. This is emerg in Calgary, which I was in a room within about 3 hours of the accident.
Pretty amazing response teams. Thanks to Andy and Karen for the ride to Foothills.


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Dan got a shot of me just before the rescuers showed up.


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X-ray 1 of left tibia


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X-ray 2 from the side of tibia


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The aftermath post surgery. You can see lots of staples from where the rod was driven in, and then a few more
for screws, then the meaty mess where I got hit.


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Nati wanted a photo of me learning to use the walker in the hospital. 6-8 week recovery, but I'm a lucky man.


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On the bike on a trainer 18 days after surgery.


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X-ray post surgery showing the rod and screws in the tibia.

Here's a short article about the accident HERE

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