Ammon McNeely is more manly than you are, and here’s why: if you’re at all like the Gamedayr team over here, the horrific, compound fracture McNeely suffered in a BASE jumping accident will make you feel a little queasy.
However, McNeely broke out the recorder and documented the aftermath of a disastrous Moab, Utah jump. An American pioneer in terms of wilderness sport, McNeely explained what happened to Climbing.com:
“I jumped, probably took a tad longer delay than I should have, being it was a new exit with new brake lines, and immediately had a 180-degree opening. [Editor's Note: This is a highly feared situation for a BASE jumper, where the chute opens facing the cliff, giving the jumper little to no time to steer away from it.] I struck the cliff with my left foot and continued rag dolling down the cliff where I finally came to rest on a sloping ledge. I knew I was banged up, but to my utter surprise my foot was flipped on its side looking very similar to a Nalgene bottle with just a sliver of skin keeping it on.”
We’re going to go out on a limb (no pun intended) and say yes, that would be quite the surprise. Those with him acted quickly, helping him use part of his BASE jumping equipment as a tourniquet to save his leg – which they did. He was airlifted to the hospital, where doctors managed to reattach the limb.
“I was absolutely prepared to wake up the next morning, minus a foot,” he says in the SuperTopo thread. “I joked about going full pirate mode with a peg leg, but knew it could be a reality and was very said [sic] about it. Somehow, they saved it.”
Forget everything you’ve ever known: Ammon McNeely is “Beast Mode.” Beware, the following video shows graphic footage of his injured foot.