OK this is not my "best" photo, but it is by far my favorite. In and of itself, the photo really isn't all that special, and the lighting is bad and all of that, but this was the look on my face on my second day back on skis following my ACL reconstruction surgery after skiing the hanging snowfield to lookers right of Crescent Moon Couloir near Tahoe.
It's just a reminder for me of what a great feeling it was to have put all that rehab work in following surgery and have it pay off. Cause sometimes when you're in the middle of rehab it just doesn't feel like you'll ever get back to where you were. Hell, even on the climb up to this peak, I didn't think I'd make as the swelling and lack of range of motion that still resided in my knee kept me from barely being able to climb up and over some rocky mixed climbing areas near the top. My friends had to literally grab my hands and pull me and my gimp knee over some sections.
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photo as I came out the bottom (taken April '05):
and for giggles, what my lower leg looked like afterwards. I learned to not cinch the brace down too much after this