Post details: unfortunately...

06/18/06

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unfortunately...

dear world,

It is my deep disappointment to inform you all that the 4 Peaks in 4 Weeks trip has been cancelled due to a serious knee injury which I sustained while training.

I have been postponing this moment for awhile now, in hopes that my knee would miraculously recover and I would be able to bike and hike again. Unfortunately, this never occured and I am still very broken.

The injury occured while running down a steep hill when I rolled my foot into a hole. I finished the training run, but the next day could hardly walk. I rested a bit, but then managed to reinjure it while weight training at the local gym. I let about 3 weeks go by, doing only light-duty exercises to maintain some of my strength. Then I got on my bicycle and tried a relatively short 35-mile bike ride. I could hardly finish due to the intense pain that shot down my leg every pedal stroke.

So, instead of pursuing the 4 Peaks in 4 Weeks dream, I've been relegated to physical therapy and orthopedic surgeon visits. Perhaps next year the trip will take form and we'll start up again. It's an interesting life we live--you never quite know where you're headed or what you'll be doing tomorrow.

When Mike heard the news, he considered doing the trip solo but I pursuaded him to hold off. His strength and willpower could have pulled me along even if I had broken both of my knees. I feel bad to let my best friend and climbing partner down, but such things happen in expeditions like 4 Peaks.

I feel horrible letting down so many great people who donated and were genuinely interested in our trip. Having such a great response at RockFest really got me ready to hit the road and climb. Thanks go to all of the folks who helped us get ready or were ready to help us once we left. Maybe next year.

The money collected thusfar will be donated to the Access Fund. If you would still like to contribute to their cause, you can visit them directly at www.accessfund.org. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or Mike and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Truly,

Brett Wilder.

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