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First Edition Book, Fourth Edition Ankle

Posted in Ankle, and Books

Here is yours truly, holding a copy of a book I wrote when I was a whole lot younger. The book is a first edition of the Rigger’s Apprentice, first published in 1984. This copy is property of RN extraodinaire Terry Sanchez, who in addition to being a consummate medical professional is an avid sailor, and a world-class fly fisher. You never know who you are going to meet in a hospital.

I was at the hospital for a followup on the installation of my most recent ankle. Yes, they still make parts for these old models, but the first attempt got infected somehow, and had to be removed. The doctors took it out, and stuck a brick spacer in there to hold everything in place while we cleared up the infection, then after several months they took the brick out and put another articulating device in. This time so far, so good. Counting the model that originally came with my left foot, that makes it a fourth edition ankle. The book has also been greatly revised over the years, and I like to think that it and I are co-evolving.

For more on the original surgery, you can visit posts here, listed in order of appearance:




Going Through

The first piece, “Falling,” became the germ of a book of the same title. You can find it Here. The majorly-updated Rigger’s Apprentice, and lots of other items, are available through our Store.

In other news, I am getting semi-mobile now, just in time for our upcoming 3-day Rig Your Boat workshop, happening May 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Only a few spots left, so sign up soon.



  1. Michael Seng
    Michael Seng

    Heal well! Heal strong! Hang tough.

    April 16, 2019
  2. Steven Gaber
    Steven Gaber

    Mend and stay strong.

    April 17, 2019
  3. Hi Brion,

    Hope you get well soon. You’ll be abseiling again before you know it!

    April 18, 2019

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