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Kelly Cordes Needs Our Help
Submitted By: John McNamee on Feb 6, 2010

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Kelly Cordes was seriously hurt a couple days ago. Details about the accident have not been released on his yet, but they appear to be unrelated to climbing.

If you can support him in any way with words of support, please post up on this blog linked below. My apologies to the photographer for stealing his or her picture.

Get well soon, Kelly.

Rock Climbing Photo: Kelly

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By dips
Feb 6, 2010
We'll have a donation box for Kelly at the Alpine Training Center Community Night this coming Thursday. Come check out the gym, see an awesome slide show, have some beer, win some schwag, and toss in a couple bucks for Kelly!
By Kelly Cordes
Feb 8, 2010
Thanks much for the kind post, John. No problem on the photo, btw, it's mine (can't remember who I handed my camera to...can't remember lots right now, the pain meds suck, make me feel stupid, something I can ill afford).
Thx for the follow-up, Doug. Very, very nice of you -- really appreciate it. Hoping it won't wreck me, I have insurance, though super high deductible and by the time I'm done with the things they weasel out of paying, we'll see how broke I am. Funny how they don't weasel out of w/d-ing $277 from my bank every single month...for a $2k deductible...last time I used my insurance, 4 yrs ago, I ended up paying at least 5k -- all of my life's savings -- despite an "out of pocket maximum" of 3k. now, I know there was to be no math on this exam, but, uh, so how does that work? I'm far from rich, but at least I can afford insurance, so I'm grateful for that. And grateful to be here, and for so many things.
Take care, Kelly
By phil broscovak
Feb 8, 2010
Nice pic Sketchy. Real purty body jewelry. But if you were looking for some shiny bling wouldn't it have been cheeper to frequent the gumball machine with the shinny plastic rings at Wally World? Best of wishes for you. Hey can you get them to switch your IV with a margarita drip?

Holler if you need anything.
By Liz Donley
From: Boulder, CO
Feb 8, 2010
Get well soon Kelly! Maybe you, Cory, and I can go out out climbing on an easy alpine route this summer (or next summer!) instead of some sick ice climb as we had originally planned. It would be funner for me anyway! Hang in there!
By Tony A. Davis
From: Golden, Colorado
Feb 8, 2010
Hope your recovery goes well and fast.
By Andrew Mann
From: Boulder, CO
Feb 8, 2010
Get well, Kelly! I'm sorry to see you in that bad mate....
By KarlyS
Feb 8, 2010
Well, looks like a margarita or 2...might be in order. Thom just left for Patagonia yesterday. As soon as he returns, let's all get together and have some margs. Don't worry we can come your way:) big healing vibes to you!
By M. Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Feb 8, 2010
Looks like you could use one of these...STAT!

By Alan Ream
From: Lafayette CO
Feb 8, 2010
Hi Kelly - Cheers to a speedy recovery. Alan-
By Jon H
From: Boulder
Feb 9, 2010
Positive vibes being sent your way dude. Heal up soon@@
By Craig Quincy
Feb 9, 2010
Kelly, best wishes for a speedy and full recovery! Sorry to hear that you had a bad day out there. I've really been enjoying your blog. Thanks for taking the time to post your thoughts.
By erik wellborn
From: manitou springs
Feb 9, 2010
Best wishes for a complete recovery. You're a big role model for us wanna be alpinists here in the Springs. Love your marg recipes.
By Camster (Rhymes with Hamster)
Feb 9, 2010
Get well soon, old man....
By Hank Caylor
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Feb 10, 2010
Allright allright! What the hell happened?
By kirra
Feb 10, 2010
Kelly ~ ~ ~ sorry to learn this today but very glad you are still here with us. Hyalite may break your bones but not your spirit. Hang in there you awesome climbing dude. Best wishes for a wikiwiki (speedy) recovery. Hope to see you back in Estes real soon !!! ~ ~ ~ ~ E Ola, Me Ke Aloha ~ kirra
By dips
Feb 11, 2010
Just a reminder that if you want to help Kelly out, there will be a donation box and a silent auction of Cilogear pack at the Community Night at The Alpine Training Center in Boulder tonight.
By dips
Feb 12, 2010
A HUGE thanks you to everyone who came out tonight. We had a great time despite some technical difficulties (which we hopefully learned from). There was definitely some cash in the margarita fund by the end of the night and hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves and learned something about how badass a resource the Alpine Training Center is. We'll probably do this shindig in the late Summer/early Fall again.

Thank you!!!
By Kelly Cordes
Feb 12, 2010
Thanks for putting it together, Doug and crew. Really fun night, and the marg fund stuff was just too generous -- thank you. It'll inspire me in the coming months until I can walk again. Nothing like a little alcoholism to pass the time. But hey, they say you should do what you do best, so I won't argue. Posted a new marg recipe in honor of the night.
By cheifitj Cheifitz
From: Boulder, Colorado
Feb 13, 2010
Hope you recover fully and we get to meet again while rapping the Diamond.
By slim
Feb 15, 2010
Spellcheck comes up a wee bit short yet again.... Just giving you a 'hard' time.
By Wayne Crill
From: an Altered State
Feb 16, 2010
FYI to those following the KC recovery, he's got a major surgery high noon tomorrow Wed. 2-18, so let's all send him the postive healing vibrations tomorrow afternoon.


By Cor
Feb 16, 2010
Slim.... no get well soon, or nothing ?

Spell check, that's it?

Kelly, get well soon, and you too, Wayne!
By slim
Feb 16, 2010
Ooops, I better add a get well. Hope it all goes ok, Kelly, and you are back in business in short order. (Note that the spellcheck jab was at cheifitj's post).
By kirra
Feb 19, 2010
Paging Mr Cordes... how did it go yesterday?
By Kelly Cordes
Feb 20, 2010
Thanks much, everyone. Went well, Kirra, thank you. Had to keep me an extra day (had hoped to get out Thurs), as the nerve block wore off way too fast, after only about 12 hrs (they planned/thought 24-48; apparently it can vary a lot with individual things, metabolism, etc.) which left me in excruciating pain late Wed night. So, they kept me Thurs/Thurs night to get it under control, got out Fri and am ok now, just loopy from the pain meds. Sucks b/c it makes me stupider than normal.

Guess the surg went well. They installed 2 plates and 11 screws, if I remember right. Have another one Wednesday (Feb. 24). That’ll be surg #3; first was in Bzn, minor, to put on the external fixator (aka medieval torture device), that cage-like thing, on my lower leg; it’ll come off after this final surgery, can’t wait! I'm like a freakin' dog with the lampshade over my head, bumping into things and all. This Wed's surg should be the last, at least until another way on down the road, if they need to remove some of the hardware after the bones have healed.

Can't wait to be done with the surgeries, will truly feel like I'm able to focus on recovery, and also be more mentally able to get into a groove with work and things and not be interrupted by hospital stays, etc. woohoooo!

take care,
By Matt Allen
From: Seattle, Washington
Feb 23, 2010
Take care of yourself, Kelly... hope everything goes smoothly from here on out.

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