Watch: Climate scientist survives 70-foot fall in Himalayas

The harrowing ordeal was captured in a series of videos and Facebook posts

By Lindsay Abrams
Published May 23, 2014 11:24PM (UTC)
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An American climate scientist conducting research in Nepal fell 70-feet into a crevasse and lived to share the story on Facebook.

John All, a professor at Western Kentucky University's Department of Geography and Geology and director of the American Climber Science Program, was supposed to be conducting research on Mt. Everest -- his plans changed after last month's deadly avalanche, and the ensuing Sherpa strike, shut down climbing season. Instead, he found himself climbing Mount Himlung in the Himalayas, where the fall occurred.


His harrowing ordeal was captured in a series of increasingly desperate Facebook posts, through which he pleaded for rescue:


Fortunately, there was a happy ending:


Later, All uploaded this video, which shows him bloody and panicked immediately following the fall:

"It probably took me four or five hours to climb out," Hall told RTM in an interview. "I kept moving sideways, slightly up, sideways, slightly up, until I found an area where there was enough hard snow that I could get an ax in and pull myself up and over."


"I knew that if I fell at any time in that entire four or five hours, I, of course, was going to fall all the way to the bottom of the crevasse," he added. "Any mistake, or any sort of rest or anything, I was going to die."

Once released from the ICU, All posted an update on Facebook, detailing his injuries and pledging to get right back to work as soon as he's able:


h/t Mashable

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