Date of Incident
Bouldering in Fontainebleau, last day of the trip so went straight into harder routes rather than warming up. Felt unhappy at the top of a route so decided to do a controlled jump off onto mats below. About 1.5 metres up. Two people spotting me and two mats out. As I landed my left ankle twisted badly. I had what turned out to be an open dislocation on my ankle (bone exiting leg and joint fully dislocated) requiring surgery and a long recovery - a year later and I'm still not at full capacity with what I was able to do.
Warm up - physically and psychologically. Climb down if possible, don't take for granted that a bouldering mat will save your fall. Just because you have jumped from a height before doesn't mean it's okay. Be aware of any unevenness on the ground which may impact landing and angles of the mats (tree roots etc).
Serious injury requiring medical treatment
Slip, trip or fall
Rescue Services Involved?
Fontainebleau area mountain rescue - Had to be rescued from forest by mountain rescue in a specialised stretcher to carry over uneven ground.
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