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Sandpoint hiker won't let harrowing ordeal keep her from what she loves

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A photo of Ammi Midstokke's foot, stuck between boulders for nine hours. A photo of Ammi Midstokke's foot, stuck between boulders for nine hours.
SANDPOINT, Idaho -

"It hurts," says Ammi Midstokke slowly walking a Sandpoint hiking trail. "There's just so much tissue damage, I can't really push off my toes."

Every so often, Midstokke feels the tension in her right foot while she traverses the trail. Taking it slow isn't typically in her nature. "A few months ago I would have torn this trail up barefoot, it would have taken me probably 10 minutes, not 35."

Nearly two months ago on Sept. 19, Midstokke and a friend were mountain climbing at Chimney Rock near Priest Lake. Hours into the hike, Midstokke tested the stability of a boulder she was planning to walk across. She pushed on the large rock with her foot, and in doing so, the rock slipped out from under her.

"It tipped so quickly that it took my foot and me down right away," says Midstokke. "I sort of slid down the front side of this rock and that's where it hit me in the face, and I think it cracked my cheek and broke my nose."

Midstokke hit the ground and saw the boulder continuing to roll toward her, she scrambled to get away but was a few seconds too late.

"It took another roll before I made that final move and so it crushed my foot, and pinned it between it and some other rocks," says Midstokke.

Midstokke says the pain was excruciating, and trying to pull her from from between the rocks was, according to her, a terrible idea. Within minutes Midstokke and her climbing partner had called 911, but that wasn't the only call they made.

"I just needed my mom, you know, sometimes you just need your mom," Midstokke laughs remembering the phone call. "I said 'Mom, I'm calling you and I just want you to know I'm going to be okay, but right now I just need you to tell me I'm going to be okay."

Midstokke waited nine hours for rescue. The call to 911 was placed around 5 o'clock in the evening, and she wouldn't be free from the rock until 1 o'clock in the morning the next day. Midstokke says she wasn't sure she was going to be able to keep her foot after the accident, so taking is slow on the trails is a welcomed annoyance.

"When they pulled my foot out, it was all grey and dead looking, I did not think I was going to keep it," says Midstokke.

Two months ago she almost lost her foot, and very easily could have lost her life. The experience hasn't scared her from the things she loves.

"I asked my mom afterward if she would want me to do anything differently because she was afraid, you know, while I'm out there. I asked her if you want me to live my life differently, and she said no. She said I want my children to live their lives fully and I feel like that's a truth for me, just having experiences," says Midstokke.

Now seven weeks into the healing process of a broken foot, Midstokke has gone on two hikes, one trip mountain biking and done some indoor mountain climbing; for her, the sky is the limit.

"If you die doing what you love, then I guess that's okay, because I plan on staying on the same course of adventure, for sure," says Midstokke.

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