‘I Cut My Leg Off’: The Story of Gary Edinger

Gary Edinger was a dogsledder, logger, and family man just living his life. Then, on a cold Wisconsin day at 40 below zero, he went out to work and cut off his leg.

“I had to stop my life from leaking out of the bottom of my leg,” Edinger said. Today, Filson and Danner released the film “Will to Live: The Gary Edinger Story,” which tells Edinger’s tale before, during, and after the accident.

In the film, you see the cold and vastness that Edinger faced all alone in the woods. You also hear the 911 calls. “We are out in the middle of nowhere. No one’s gonna hear you scream out there,” said Mike Tyrell, an EMS provider who worked on Edinger.

And then you see him get back out there. Ten months later, Edinger goes back to work, back to that tree, and drags it home. “I wasn’t gonna let that tree beat me,” Edinger said. “Shit happens. That’s why I lost my leg.”

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Mary Murphy

Mary is based out of GearJunkie's Denver, CO office. She has a degree in English and Journalism, and been writing professionally for over four years. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.