How to Survive a 1,000-Foot Fall [X Marks the Splat]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Amateur Hour, Bad Asses, Close Calls, European Delights, Mountain Madness, Off The Map, Survival, X Marks the Splat | Leave a comment

Suck it, gravity.

What did you do last weekend? Oh, really? Well, British climber Adam Potter can top that. He survived a 1,000 feet fall down the side of a huge mountain in the Scottish Highlands.

Here’s the insane story from, via the Guardian; image via Getty:

A helicopter crew found him half an hour later, standing on his feet reading a map. How did he survive?

Potter was climbing a mountain called Sgurr Choinnich Mor with his girlfriend, two friends, and his dog when he slipped on the snow and rolled down a “rough scree slope,” over three hundred-foot-high cliffs, and finally onto a boulder, which he thinks may have knocked him out.

Royal Navy rescue helicopters found Potter on his boulder, looking at his map. Actually, at first, they assumed he was a different hiker altogether, but were able to piece it together thanks to the trail of mountaineering crap he’d left behind:

“It seemed impossible. So we retraced our path back up the mountain and, sure enough, there were bits of his kit in a vertical line all the way up where he had obviously lost them during the fall. It was quite incredible. He must have literally glanced off the outcrops as he fell, almost flying,” [said Lieutenant Tim Barker.]

Potter, who apparently didn’t learn his lesson, is heading off to climb Everest in two months.


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