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Man lands on feet after 100-foot fall from glacier cliff

Man Lands on Feet After 100-Foot Fall from Cliff


By JON BOWMAN

DENVER - A Colorado man's family and friends are sharing a remarkable story about how he survived a potentially deadly fall. The 21-year-old gymnast not only survived a 100-foot fall off Saint Mary's Glacier, but landed on his feet.

That man is Dylan Schuetz, and he was hiking the popular glacier just over 10 miles northwest of Idaho Springs in the Arapaho National Forest with two friends on Aug. 13 when he tripped and slid down a rock face before toppling head-first over the 100-foot cliff.

Schuetz is now listed in stable condition at St. Anthony's Lakewood, following an accident while free climbing on the glacier in Clear Creek County.

"I was showing him different lines across the face of the mountain, when suddenly he slipped and began falling more than 100 feet to what could have been a rocky grave," said climbing partner Cody Tengler. "I looked over my other shoulder and could see him just tumbling down the side of the mountain. He was trying to grab onto things as he was rolling by to no avail. But, I will say his tumbling and gymnastic skills kept him focused – I could see him trying to find a 'focus-point' to land on."

His other friend, Matt Campbell, also a trained tumbler/cheerleader, says, "Dylan was putting his arms up, pulling his head back, which helped keep his spine and back from being severely injured. He did sustain a concussion and some back damage, but nothing that left him paralyzed or anything. He was broken up badly from ribs to legs, but overall, he is in pretty good shape."

The trio of friends all tumbled for the Denver Broncos, and both Matt and Cody say that training probably were critical in keeping their friend alive... the tumble-spotting he was doing on the fall no doubt kept him alive they say. Friday, Dylan was set to undergo his 5th or 6th surgery, but the friends are very impressed with how quick the recovery is going.

To help pay for medical expenses, Dylan's friends have set up a GoFundMe page. Friends also say the first responders deserve all the credit for helping to save Dylan's life. They landed the medical helicopter just a few hundred feet from where crews were removing Dylan from the mountain.

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Mike August 24 2014 at 6:18 AM

Add a comment...Could this story be any more gay?

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Brian Workman August 23 2014 at 9:01 PM

He would have come out even less injured if he had previous paratrooper training on landing on his feet and rolling. I learned how to land from sky didving training decades ago, before the new parachutes had been invented!

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winky_dink August 23 2014 at 10:29 PM

Dumb as a stick.

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sylvabugg2 August 23 2014 at 11:35 PM

Wasn't his time to go. I believe we all have a set time to die. That is why some are killed by relatively minor things, while others make it through nearly unsurvivable things.

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joanpolsino August 23 2014 at 8:54 PM

No comments? Lol...I'll give one...you are one lucky dude, now go play the lotto!!!

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skatulaki3 August 24 2014 at 12:28 PM

Thats nothing, Capt Kirk survived a much higher fall without a scratch thanks to his quick thinking pal Spock who was wearing rocket boots and managed to catch him before he went splat on the rocks below !

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david.konen August 24 2014 at 3:12 AM

This has to be a remarkable person for doing what he'd done, upon falling down from this cliff. Not too many people (INCLUDING myself) would have been as lucky.

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chuck August 23 2014 at 10:01 PM

i hope you thanked god for sparing you.

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david.konen chuck August 24 2014 at 3:14 AM

I'll agree, because I could see ONLY 2 choices God could have made: 1) to SPARE this person's life, and 2) to have this person face an UNTIMELY death

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skatulaki3 chuck August 24 2014 at 12:25 PM

God had nothing to do with it, god is imaginary

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Bobwest skatulaki3 August 24 2014 at 1:18 PM

In YOUR head

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MARCELLE NOSS August 23 2014 at 10:33 PM

He is an idiot and had he not survived the fall then so be it. We all know you cannot fix stupid. I have no sympathy for people who purposely put their life in harms way. They have no one to blame and they should not expect any sympathy or expensive rescue. I say just die and move on.

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MICHELLE MARCELLE NOSS August 23 2014 at 11:51 PM

You sound like you lead a very boring life.

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americanmann77 August 24 2014 at 12:08 PM

I do hanggliding occasionallly, but this is crazy !

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