Incident Report- Ledgemere, BCC, UT 26Aug2018 Charleen Angell- Author Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT. Attendees: Sara Morger, Charleen Angell and Wendy Underwood Sara Morger and I were practicing with Wendy Underwood for our Aspirant Assessment at Ledgemere. The last skill we were practicing was a guided rappel. Sara set the rope and rappelled down. We all met down by the river. I took some webbing and went to make an anchor around a large rock we have used many times for a guided rappel. Wendy asked to place the anchor in another area. She took the webbing and placed it between a pinch point on 2 large rocks. She said her and Sandy Crow had used these rocks. I did not like the anchor choice very much but was not thinking of rappelling down it at this point. I just wanted to see if I could set up the guided rappel with the totem correctly. After we were talking about the use of guided rappels I decided to go up to rappel. I did not feel really comfortable about the whole set up but felt it was ok because it was a newish skill for me. I rappelled down and when I reached about mid-point the rope gave and I fell to the ground about 10 feet Sara and Wendy told me. After I caught my breath as the wind was knocked out of me I realized I could feel all parts of my body and even though I was in a lot of pain I could move. I rolled to my knees and stood up. Wendy quickly drove me to the hospital emergency at LDS. The x-rays showed I fractured my pelvis in 3 areas and compressed my L2 vertebrae 50 %. They say I am lucky and should heal completely but my L2 disk flattens out anymore as I heal I will have to have a lumbar fusion/back surgery. I cannot work for about a month and they recommend I not canyoneer till next Spring. There are many things I have thought about over the past few days in the hospital. I really did not understand guided rappels so I should not do them without supervision. I did not understand that all of my weight would be on the anchor at the bottom as I rappelled. Now I do!!. Never use marginal anchors for guided rappels. I need to speak up when I am not comfortable with how anchors are set up and I need to say something when I am unsure of things. "SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING" I take full responsibility for rappelling down a rope I was unsure about. I hope others will speak up and be more careful than I was when practicing guided rappels.