VIDEO: Helmet-cam Records Mountain Climber's Wild Slide; He's OK : The Two-WayThe video is not for the squeamish. But climber Mark Roberts' bumpy trip down an ice-covered cliff in Wales thankfully ended with him bruised and battered, but alive. His camera captured the whole ride.
This video is not for those who are squeamish about seeing others in danger. So think before you click play.
The good news is that 47-year-old Mark Roberts is OK after a terrifying slide last month down an icy cliff in Snowdonia, a region in north Wales. He's "annoyingly immobile and bruised, but mentally fine," Roberts tells the British Mountaineering Council, which has put his helmet-cam video online and posted an interview with the mountain climber "to help others understand just how accidents can happen."
In this case, a climber above Roberts dislodged some ice. Chunks fell toward Roberts, who lost his grip and slid at least 100 feet over rocks, ice and snow.
(Note at 9:15 p.m. ET: As some commenters have suggested, it seems like Roberts slid further than 100 feet — as initial stories stated. That's why we added the qualifier "at least." Now, we see a report from WalesOnline that he traveled 100 meters. That may make more sense. That report is here.)
Asked what he was thinking as he slid, Roberts uses a familiar expletive and then goes on to tell the mountaineering council that:
"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."
Fair warning: Don't click play if scary situations aren't your thing.