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Bloody hiking tale is a winner

Published December 9, 2011 5:52 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2011, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

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

Tom Managan, who runs the hiking blog Two-Wheel Drive, held a contest this fall for the person with the most "extreme hiking tale."

The winner, by way of reader votes, was Thom Gabrukiewicz. He wrote of a bloodied-hike in Northern California's Trinity Alps.

From Gabrukiewicz's 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: @UtahHikes