Climber's Scary Slide Down Icy Mountain Caught on Video with Helmet Cam

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterMarch 11, 2013

The quickest way down a mountain continues to be falling down the side of one, but we don't recommend doing so. 

The (h/t BuzzFeed) reports on a terrifying video making the Internet rounds this week, featuring 47-year-old ice climber Mark Roberts. 

According to the interview, Roberts was climbing Parsley Fern LH Gully back on February 24, 2013. A climber ahead of him dislodged a huge chunk of ice that led to Roberts losing his grip and falling down the slope.

Roberts was then asked what was going through his head during this tumble down 100 feet of mountain: 

'Oh shit,' was probably my thought, but the speed at which events took hold meant I knew it was going to go some distance. 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.

That would be a more helpful manner of thinking than anything I would muster. In fact, I would find it hard to put any thoughts together while openly weeping.

Roberts was airlifted 30 minutes after his slide and escaped with only minor injuries. 

This fall, of course, necessitates one of the greatest tumbles ever captured on film. We only wish Roberts would have popped up and exclaimed, "What in the hell was that all about?"

With the advent of head cams and GoPro cameras, we can expect a great deal more of these videos to surface on the Internet in the near future.

Judging by how terrifying this particular video was, I am not so sure that's a good thing. 


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