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Watch: Climber John Freeman rides out a massive collapsing ice pillar and survives to climb the next day
Luck was with John Freeman when the massive ice pillar he was delicately climbing in Canada’s Banff National Park collapsed from under his feet. Watch his first-person perspective here.
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Climber John Freeman recently posted a video of a scary fall he took while ice climbing in Banff National Park
two years ago. Freeman, an experienced and skilled climber, was high up on a free-standing ice pillar when one of his ax blows created a fault that snapped the ice clean from the face. His helmet cam caught his perspective as everything in his world suddenly fell out from under him.
Watch the amazing video here:
The steepness of the slope underneath the pillar and the snowy surface bled off enough of the energy of Freeman’s fall (along with a huge dose of luck) that he survived with nothing more than bumps and bruises. Being a super-fit climber helped as well.
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