Bounce Back from the Setback

Costa Mesa, California

January 22, 2016

Dear Family & Friends:

My sincere thanks to all of you who offered such kind words of encouragement and advice. I view every one of you as true friends, and I am grateful for your love and support. Please know that I read, and re-read, every message and I take every piece of advice to heart, even such simple advice that I should change my socks daily. That is now part of my routine.

I met with my doctor on Tuesday and received some very good news. The Achilles tendon is not severed as he feared at our first meeting. The MRI shows a tear, but the tendon is still in tact. See MRI below. This means surgery is not necessary as the tendon will heal by itself.

My doctor expects a significant healing period and the need for some physical therapy, but I should make a full recovery. I announced my intention to be back in full climbing mode by the Autumn. No response from doc, but, not to worry, he doesn’t know my level of determination. I was given permission to resume my workouts, as long as I don’t stress the foot. I’ll start that forthwith.

I am super-excited at this news. The boot on my left foot is bad enough. But surgery and a full-length cast would have been well-nigh unbearable. Now, I can resume planning my next adventure.

The Everest climbing season is fast approaching. This brings a sense of sadness and nostalgia as I have travelled to Kathmandu 9 times in the last 8 years. Look for some drama on the South side of Everest this year. A wing suit jump from the summit may be in the works.

Love to all,


MRI-the white area to the left of the red line is the tear in the tendon. The black area above and below the white area is the tendon, which is still attached



26 thoughts on “Bounce Back from the Setback

  1. So great to hear good news, Bill. You are changing your socks daily, congratulations. Oh yeah, congrats on no surgery, too! Ha Ha! A nice combination of your determination as well as a bunch patience to let that tendon heal will do wonders. Here is to a healthier end of 2016!

  2. Bill, this is one of your Canadian followers.. and it appears that I will now be drawing on your enthusiasm and strength… I missed the ramp up to the sidewalk, and became a horizontal missile into a cement barrier…head struck but okay…just found out that I have a 2nd degree shoulder separation. That said, I am so glad to hear that your achilles is not completely severed. I will be watching for and reading your posts in the coming months . Make sure that you do follow the Physio instructions…the time will actually go by more quickly than you think.

  3. I am psyched! You’ll be able to work with this, and Burke Khang will be possible this fall. Healing, time, physical therapy, retraining, all a far better deal than surgery.

    I think you’re going to be fine; just one day at a time.

    So ironic that you have been to the roof of the world twice, and this one wrong step happened at sea level!

  4. You are such a positive inspiration Bill. You give us who do not travel anymore such adventures and thrills. You’re amazing and thanks for sharing your stories and beautiful pictures. Heal and get back when you can. Regards. Cheri McKenzie Pene

  5. Acupuncture has helped me heal from injuries and surgeries, reducing scar tissue and accelerating blood flow to the injured area. Highly recommend with this caveat; it’s very much an art; you need to find a good one. I highly recommend this guy: Daniel Light at 20121 Ventura Blvd
    Ste 201 Woodland Hills, CA 91364. He actually is more into herbs and rarely uses needles. Check out his Yelp reviews. He is an extraordinary healer.
    Good luck!

  6. Good morning Bill,

    Greetings from England. I was so sorry to hear of the Achilles problem but am delighted it’s not as bad as first diagnosed. There will of course be a reason for this minor set-back which I’m sure will come clear in time, ‘what is meant to be will…….’.
    Bill the u-tube report on your mountain was simple stunning, a masterpiece, so inspiration, scary and very emotional, I take my hat off to you Sir.

  7. Wonderful news Bill! I am sure your Doctors news was music to your ears. With your strong determination you will heal in record time and be on to a new adventures. I love your spirit to keep going and following your dream

  8. George Allen when he was president of the President’s Physical Fitness Assoc. said, “A workout is 25% perspiration and 75% determination.” I have followed your climbing adventures for years and know you have that much determination and more. Good luck to you, I look forward to your next adventure. Sending prayers for a speedy recovery.

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