Mountain climbers brave serious risks for fun. Here is one challenge a climber hadn’t anticipated that his helmet-cam recorded. Pretty scary.
A British mountain climber with a helmet-mounted camera took a terrifying fall after being hit by a hurtling chunk of ice. He was attempting to scale Snowdon in north Wales, one of the U.K.’s highest peaks.
Mark Roberts, 47, a lifelong mountain climber, was climbing Snowdon last month when the falling ice caused him to tumble more than 100 feet down a gully. He came to a stop on a ledge. Roberts, who suffered a broken ankle and bruises, somehow escaped without serious injury—and without screaming.
“There was no feeling of panic, more a concerted effort to protect my head and neck, and be aware of what was below me, where I was heading and what I could do to slow and stop myself before I got to the more serious rocky outcrops,” he said, according to the British Mountaineering Council’s website.
A mountain rescue team airlifted Roberts to a local hospital, where he was treated.
“I was a little dazed but, critically, not unconscious,” he continued. “I had the foresight to check the cam was still attached and just hoped the vid had recorded.
“You have to laugh sometimes,” Roberts added. “Even with experience of risk assessment and making decisions, sometimes things just happen. When it all happens so quickly, you just try not to panic and hope there’s some luck with you.”