Best Wishes to Guide Dick Jackson, Injured in Paragliding Accident

Post by blogger | October 13, 2010      

Update, October 13, 2010:
I just got some first-hand info about how Dick is doing. All his surgery is done. Ankle was fairly minor, and as we’d heard he did have to have some of his vertebrae rodded. Lots of guys are enjoying the mountain life with backs fixed up like that, so we’re optimistic — and the word is that Dick is in good spirits. It’s said he’ll be home within a week, so that’s a good sign as well! “Action Jackson” is a tough and talented athlete, so rehab will probably go great.

Everyone, please leave an encouraging comment for Mr. Jackson, that kind of stuff is gold when you’re healing.

Original blog post, October 4, 2010
One of our old Aspen crew went down yesterday. Hard. Well known guide, alpinist and backcountry skier Dick Jackson is alive after crashing while paragliding off Mount Sopris here above Carbondale. But he’s hurting, with a messed up back and ankle, lots of surgery. Love and prayers to you, Dick! May you heal fast and make a 100% recovery. More here.

Dick Jackson backcountry skiing on Independence Pass, 2009.

Dick Jackson backcountry skiing on Independence Pass, 2009. Dick, you'll be back doing this soon I'm sure! (click image to enlarge)


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25 Responses to “Best Wishes to Guide Dick Jackson, Injured in Paragliding Accident”

  1. Ptor October 4th, 2010 1:17 pm

    Scheisse Minelli! Sure glad he’s OK and had a fortunate rescue. I met Dick in La Grave the other spring at the World Mountain Guides Convention and found him to be a truly sweet man. We definately connected over the flying thing. Anyways, massive healing vibes and hope he gets back in the sky real soon!!!!!

  2. Greg October 4th, 2010 2:01 pm

    Best of luck in recovery Dick!
    It’s all in the head!

  3. Bill October 4th, 2010 3:23 pm

    Get well soon Dick. I don’t know you, but I’m sure I’ve admired you at some point while you were floating overhead. Based on that picture though, I can’t believe the age (60) printed in the paper was correct.

  4. Lou October 4th, 2010 3:47 pm

    He’s a stud, that has always been known (grin).

  5. Dan October 4th, 2010 3:51 pm

    Wishing a speedy recovery – turns by the New Year?

  6. Dostie October 4th, 2010 4:17 pm

    I know it sounds cliche, but it’s appropriate…best wishes for a speedy recovery. Hope you’re out of pain and just need some time to heal. Regardless on the recovery time, I’m also praying it’s a complete recovery.

  7. G Sawyer October 4th, 2010 7:47 pm

    Heal up fast. Being alive is amazing. See you in France!

  8. John Gloor October 4th, 2010 9:18 pm

    Dick, so sorry to hear of this accident and the injuries. I bet you heal like a twenty year old though! I heard its going to be a long haul, but you’ll pull through. Good luck on the healing process. Sincerely, John

  9. Craig Owens October 4th, 2010 9:50 pm

    We all know that it wont be long, before the action is back in Jackson. Best wishes friend.

  10. Sword October 5th, 2010 4:24 am

    Good vibes, prayers, and warm and positive thoughts from your extended family in Boulder! I would visit but I’m in Europe at the moment … please recover quickly and fully. We’re here to help, and see you soon!
    – Chris and the Dynafit family

  11. Chris and Lori Erickson October 5th, 2010 6:23 am

    Dick, we are thinking of you buddy! We have total confidence in your ability to overcome! Very best wishes from the Tetons and speedy recovery to you!

    Love, Chris and Lori

  12. Edge October 5th, 2010 6:39 am

    Get well soon, Dick! I don’t know of any hexagenarians that are in better shape than you (except maybe my brother). So I expect we’ll see you shredding Highland Bowl this winter. Hang tough!

  13. Greig Scott October 5th, 2010 7:08 am

    Good luck from Scotland, Dick. We shared conversation on good skiing, good climbing and, more importantly, good Scottish Whisky on a train ride from Zermatt to Cham last April. I’m sure we’ll see you in the Alps sometime soon

  14. Alex October 5th, 2010 1:16 pm

    Heal well and heal quickly. Let us know if you need anything.


  15. carolyn October 5th, 2010 4:02 pm

    Dickie: we all know you’ll be back putting the action into jackson in no time – our thoughts are with you Dude! Carolyn

  16. Mark and Sharon October 5th, 2010 8:16 pm

    Hey Dickie,

    Maybe you might want to take up golf with us? Yeah right that will be the day. All kidding aside, we wish you the best and are empty nesters now and would love to help you in anyway we can!! Mark and Sharon

  17. Ken October 6th, 2010 9:39 am

    Heal fast and fully, the mountains and your friends are missing you!

  18. Sandy Heise October 6th, 2010 12:52 pm

    Heal well, Dick! You are in the thoughts of many people.
    I met you and your wife at a party in Ridgway years ago and I’ve seen you at the Ice Park several times since then. While I was leading a new route one day, you stopped and watched and gave me much encouragement. You don’t know how much I appreciated that! I hope you receive all the good you have given to so many people.
    Many blessings to you and your family!!

  19. Phil Eastley October 6th, 2010 1:50 pm

    Dick, Sorry to hear that you took a beater, amigo! Everyone is pulling for you and we will see you soon. You and Fred Becky have it right….”Never quit..!”
    Warm regards, Phil Eastley

  20. John Mattson October 9th, 2010 7:19 pm

    I haven’t seen you in a few years, but I know you’re a tough old geezer. Hope you heal fast, and stick to climbing and skiing.

  21. pwdrjnky October 10th, 2010 1:12 am

    Hey my friend, I hope you are on the mend. Dirk said you are already a difficult patient. Maybe some bed time will reduce your redbull intake. Here is one for you… What is the difference between Dick J and a golfer? Well, the golfer, tees-up and goes…. “whack”,- then “shit” when the ball goes elsewhere. But Dick says “shit” first- then comes the “whack”. I thought old guys were supposed to “bust a hip” not crash while paragliding. Cheers, Mark K

  22. Jon Waterman October 11th, 2010 3:35 pm

    Dick, Sorry to hear about the tough landing and my thoughts are with you in your recovery. Saludos, JW

  23. Mike October 11th, 2010 4:09 pm

    Get well soon. We cant survive another year of not skiing together. Speedy recovery and best to you and the family.

  24. Michael Kennedy October 13th, 2010 10:37 am

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery from the Kennedy clan.

    Michael, Julie & Hayden

  25. Tom Milne October 18th, 2010 12:15 pm

    Hey Dick, glad you are OK! Here’s to a speedy recovery. I’m sure your doctor has advised you that Red Bull IV’s still have not been OK’ed by the FDA, I’m sure that won’t stop you though. Take care, Tom

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