Scottish Climber Survives 1,000-foot Fall

A Scottish climber is lucky to be alive today after surviving a 1,000-foot fall from one of Britain's steepest mountains.

Adam Potter, 36, of Glasgow, an experienced mountaineer, was climbing with friends on Saturday and had just suggested getting out crampons and ice axes when he slipped on a patch of ice.

He plunged off Sgurr Choinnich Mor in the Scottish Highlands, tumbling heels-over-head down three cliffs before being stopped by a boulder and landing in snow.

"I was lucky to survive one cliff, let alone all three," Potter tells the Guardian newspaper. "I don't remember the first two cliffs; I remember the last and I could see what was coming and at that point, I thought it was the end."

When rescuers searched for Potter, with the aid of a Royal Navy helicopter, they thought he'd be dead or at least severely injured. They were shocked to find him bruised but standing up and reading a map.

"It was quite incredible. He must have literally glanced off the outcrops as he fell, almost flying," says Lieutenant Tim Barker, the helicopter's observer.

Potter, who works as a manager at a landfill, spent two nights at a Glasgow hospital for treatment of back injuries, cuts to his face, and whiplash.

Released from the hospital today, he says he will go forward with plans to scale Mount Everest in the spring.

"I'm hoping my injuries will have healed by then," Potter says.

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