British ice climber Mark Roberts, 47, skidded 100 feet down an ice cliff in Wales, winding up with nothing worse than a broken ankle - and a YouTube video to prove it.
When some falling ice, possibly dislodged by a climbing partner further up the mountain, hit Roberts, he started a dizzying slide that ended when his pack and crampons caught a ledge. His helmet may have saved his life, and the camera atop it captured the video.
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"I was a little dazed and knew there was some damage to my ankles which were fairly painful if they were moved," Roberts told the BBC.
The video shows the life-long climber using his axes to slow his descent, but he eventually loses his grip on them. A rescue team happened to be in the area, and he was airlifted to a hospital. Besides the broken ankle, Roberts suffered a bone chip and bruises.
"Accidents do happen, but Mark was well-equipped, wearing a helmet, and that probably saved his life," rescuer Elfyn Jones told the BBC.
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