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Climber falls 1,000 feet - Found standing up, reading a map.

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Climber found reading map after 1,000ft fall

A climber who fell 1,000ft (305m) down a mountain and survived was found by his rescuers standing up reading a map.

The 35-year-old lost his footing at the summit of Sgurr Choinnich Mor near Ben Nevis in the Highlands and plummeted down the near-vertical eastern slope.

Lt Tim Barker, from the helicopter rescue crew, said: "It seemed impossible... he must have literally glanced off the outcrops as he fell."

He added that the climber was shaking from "extreme emotional shock".

Lt Barker, the Royal Navy's Sea King helicopter crew's observer, said: "We began to hover-taxi down the slope and spotted a man at the bottom, standing up.

"We honestly thought it couldn't have been him, as he was on his feet, reading a map. Above him was a series of three high craggy outcrops.

"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.

'Almost flying'

"It was quite incredible. He must have literally glanced off the outcrops as he fell, almost flying."

The helicopter, from HMS Gannet in Prestwick, Ayrshire, was already airborne on a training exercise when it was scrambled to the scene just after 1430 GMT.

A paramedic was winched down to check the climber over. He appeared unscathed aside from some superficial cuts and bruises and a minor chest injury.

Lt Barker added: "He is lucky to be alive. It's hard to believe that someone could have fallen that distance on that terrain and been able to stand up at the end of it, let alone chat to us in the helicopter on the way to the hospital.

"Really an amazing result - I have to say, when we got the call and realised the details of where he'd fallen, we did expect to arrive on scene to find the worst-case scenario."

The climber, from Glasgow, was one of a group of 24 who had reached the summit when the accident happened.

He is being treated at Southern General Hospital in the city.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12317356?print=true

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He was reading the map to see if he could find Heaven on it, cause he might have missed a left somwhere he knew he should have been there all ready.

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That's wild.

 

I once saw a cable guy fall off the telephone pole, land flat on his back, stand up, touch himself to see if he was OK, then collapse unconscious

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Two friends of mine were fucking around on a trampoline once.

When they were about 15 feet off the ground, one friend decides to drop kick the other.

He landed on his back on the ground.

He didn't get up for a while.

It was hard to contain my laughter.

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YEAH, SO HOPEFULLY ALL OF YALL DONATED TO OUR HOMIE WHEN HE WAS TRYNA GET A CANE CAUSE HIS BACK GOT BROKE.

 

I WONDER WHAT THAT DUDE WAS THINKING THE WHOLE WAY DOWN AND WHAT HE THINKS ABOUT THAT NOW.

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pretty amazing.

 

also saw this the other day

 

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A young woman has plunged 23 storeys from the roof of a luxury hotel in the centre of Buenos Aires in Argentina, and survived. Her fall was broken by a taxi...

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I WONDER WHAT THAT DUDE WAS THINKING THE WHOLE WAY DOWN AND WHAT HE THINKS ABOUT THAT NOW.

 

 

Probably thinkin':

 

"I hope to fuckin' god I packed my map because I'm gonna be soooooo lost when I land."

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What bout that 6 year old that fell onto a metal fence spike from 50,000 feet in the sky after getting thrown out of a personal leer jet and didn't survive?

 

What about THAT?

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I WONDER WHAT THAT DUDE WAS THINKING THE WHOLE WAY DOWN AND WHAT HE THINKS ABOUT THAT NOW.

He was probably thinking "I hope I remembered to bring an extra, clean pair of underwear."

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