(VIDEO) Climate Change Almost Kills Professorcrevasse
“I knew that if I fell at any time in that entire four or five hours, I, of course, was going to fall all the way to the bottom of the crevasse. Any mistake, or any sort of rest or anything, I was going to die.”
A professor at Western Kentucky University studying fell 70 feet down a Himalayan ice chasm while performing climate change research. According to Prof John All, he managed to make it out and to his tent, where he was picked up by a rescue helicopter.
“It probably took me four or five hours to climb out,” All told HLN. “I kept moving sideways, slightly up, sideways, slightly up, until I found an area where there was enough hard snow that I could get an ax in and pull myself up and over.”
“I knew that if I fell at any time in that entire four or five hours,” All said, “I, of course, was going to fall all the way to the bottom of the crevasse. Any mistake, or any sort of rest or anything, I was going to die.”
All fell into the crevasse Monday while conducting climate research on Mount Himlung in the Himalayas. He shot a short video immediately after the fall.
In it, All’s voice rises and falls with pain as drops of his blood speckle the white snow. He scans to the top of the crevasse, a narrow hole of light, and to its bottom, a seemingly bottomless pit. A ledge had stopped his fall.
It is not known whether others have undergone similar life-threatening incidents looking for climate change, nor what regulations could be made to prevent it.