I don’t know if you have heard about Adam Potter, the guy who “fell 1,000 feet – and survived” as the English tabloid “The Sun” reported on February 1st.
According to this popular paper, Adam broke his back in three places and was able to walk after the fall. I don’t think this deserves a comment…
If you want to hear the lucky man himself, here is a YouTube video:
It was not a 1,000 feet straight fall through the air, the man was rather sliding and falling alternately. Nonetheless, Adam was lucky without a doubt. Stories like his are not uncommon in the Scottish mountains, nor are less happy endings.
These accidents happen mainly because many people are not aware of the dangers these mountains hold for the unexperienced or ill-equipped walker or climber. I have encountered peolple laughing off the difficulty of climbing Scottish mountains because of their lack of height, but that is no a wise thing to do. Climatic conditions in Scotland can change quickly, and it is common to find snow or ice on many mountains for the best part of a year. Especially in winter, climbing a mountain in Scotland can be a dramatically different experience to climbing it in summer.
Proper equipment includes an ice axe and crampons, and if you don’t know how to use them ask and get help before taking them on a trip where you will actually have to use them! Also, the attitude of “it’s not that icy yet” is a potential killer. Putting on the crampons on time is an essential life-saver!
If you want to leave a comment or tell us about a hairy, life-threatening experience on a Scottish mountain, please go ahead!