Sunday, January 30, 2011

What Happens If You Fall 1,000 Feet Down Sgurr Choinnich Mor?

I just love saying “Sgurr Choinnich Mor.” It rolls right off my tongue.

It may sound like the kind of incident only a character from a Roadrunner cartoon could survive, but a climber in the Scottish highlands fell over 1,000 feet down a mountain and was then found by rescuers standing up and reading a map.

His climbing team feared the worse when they saw the 35-year-old slip on loose rocks and plummet from the summit of Sgurr Choinnich Mor, five miles east of the famous Ben Nevis mountain in Scotland's Grey Corries Range. Rescuers in a Royal Navy helicopter had expected nothing less than body recovery duty.

Yet when they scanned the craggy slopes they spotted what they at first thought was another climber, as he was standing up and reading a map trying to work out his location.”

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