Video: Man climbs out of crevasse after 70-foot fall

John All, a Western Kentucky University professor, almost died last week when he fell 70 feet into a crevasse on Mount Himlung in Nepal’s Himalayan Mountains. After his fall, All suffered five broken ribs, a broken arm, dislocated shoulders and internal bleeding.

“ Well, I’m pretty well f—–,” All said on camera from inside the crevasse. It took him six hours to crawl out — and he got part of the ordeal on camera:

Warning: The following videos contain graphic content and foul language.

All did not have a radio, so struggled for another three hours back to his tent. He used his satellite messenger to request help. Due to bad weather, helicopters were unable to rescue him until the following morning. According to the crisis response firm Global Rescue, All was coached through the night by critical care paramedics via two-way satellite text message.

All and his research team were collecting samples of ice and snow to study pollution and try to learn how fast Himalayan glaciers are melting. They had planned to climb Mount Everest, but because of the death of 16 Sherpa guides in an avalanche, Everest was closed. All told the Telegraph:

Your survival instinct kicks in and that’s why I filmed the video – I couldn’t allow myself any doubt.

According to the Associated Press, All is an experienced climber who tackled Everest in 2010. He plans to head to Peru next month for his next mountaineering trip. After his rescue, he thanked his supporters on Facebook:

 

This story has been updated with additional details on John All’s rescue.

Nick Kirkpatrick is a digital photo editor at The Washington Post. Follow him on Instagram or on Twitter.

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