Climber slides 100 feet down mountain

March 11, 2013 at 7:20 PM
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CAERNARFON, Wales, March 11 (UPI) -- A climber in Wales said he suffered injuries to his ankles in a 100-foot slide down a frozen gully on Snowdon, the country's tallest mountain,

Mark Roberts said he was climbing the Parsley Fern Gully in the Gwynedd region when he lost his balance due to a large piece of ice falling, The Mirror reported Monday.

Roberts said he bounced off rocks and put his arms up to shield himself from ice during the plunge -- and ended up with just ankle injuries.

The climber wore a head camera and footage of his fall was posted online.

"I was a little dazed but ... not unconscious," Roberts said.

"The speed at which events took hold meant I knew it was going to go some distance," he said.

"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.

"Interestingly, I had the foresight to check the cam was still attached and just hoped the vid had recorded that: It wasn't one for repeating!"

Rescuers said Roberts' helmet likely saved his life.

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