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Ice Climber's Scary Ride Down a Mountain
In late February, a climber was going up Parsley Fern Gully in England when he suddenly slid 100 feet back down the mountain.
Mark Roberts was climbing the mountain by himself when a block of ice came flying at him. He lost control and quickly slipped 100 feet down the side of the frozen crag. During the slide, he lost both ice-axes and bounced into several rocks before a ledge brought his decent to a quick end, saving him from falling another 100 feet.
You can watch his fall which was captured on his helmet cam.
When he came to a stop, he couldn't move his ankles but he was still conscious. Mountain rescuers who arrived to save him believe the helmet he was wearing saved his life.
"The speed at which events took hold meant I knew it was going to go some distance," Roberts 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.
"I was a little dazed but, critically, not unconscious. 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!
"I already knew there was some damage to my ankles which were fairly painful if they were moved."
Posted: Tuesday, March 12 2013, 04:58 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Chesapeake to donate $1 million to tornado relief
May 21, 2013 11:19 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. says it will donate $1 million to the American Red Cross to help in the rescue and recovery efforts in Moore.
The oil and gas company says it's also organizing hundreds of employee volunteers to help in the relief effort.
Chesapeake board chairman Archie Dunham says the company is providing "all possible assistance" using Chesapeake's equipment, machinery and resources. The company is also using its "Operation Blue" employee program that allows workers to volunteer four hours on company time.
Chesapeake says it will expand the Operation Blue campaign to help out in Moore.
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