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By Nate Carlisle, Jason Bergreen, Erin Alberty and Brett Prettyman

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Bloody hiking tale is a winner

Ever hike a trail that was a little too rough for you?

Tom Managan, who runs the hiking blog href="http://www.tommangan.net/twoheeldrive/" target="_blank">Two-Wheel Drive, held a contest this fall for the person with the most "extreme hiking tale."

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The winner, by way of reader votes, was Thom Gabrukiewicz. href="http://www.tommangan.net/twoheeldrive/index.php/2011/11/09/extreme-hiking-tale-we-have-a-winner/" target="_blank">He wrote of a bloodied-hike in Northern California's Trinity Alps.

From Gabrukiewicz's href="http://www.tommangan.net/twoheeldrive/index.php/2011/11/09/extreme-hiking-tale-we-have-a-winner/" target="_blank">entry:

A granite boulder the size of a soccer ball nearly took my head off; I put up my arm just in time and deflected it off my Timex Ironman watch (killed it) and into my outstretched shoulder, severely dislocating it.

I managed to climb to the trail and sat on a rock, rubbing my Saint Christopher medal and saying a silent prayer. I walked back down to camp (about a mile) and told my camp-mate that we needed to seek medical attention. Immediately.

— Nate Carlisle

Twitter: href="http://twitter.com/utahhikes" target="_blank">@UtahHikes

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