Ever wondered what it feels like to fall off the side of a snowy mountain? No, of course you haven’t. Who would daydream of such things?
But, now that you’re being offered the chance to experience it what it’s like from the point of view of someone it happened to for real, you have to admit that you’re kind of intrigued, don’t you?
The thrill of watching the video above can’t come close to what alpine climber Mark Roberts felt as he careened down Snowdon in Wales — one of the tallest peaks in the U.K. — but it’s still more than enough to give even the most sloth-like among us an adrenaline kick. You see that chunk of ice falling and hitting you and you can’t help but flinch.
“You have to laugh sometimes,” Roberts said of the experience. “But seriously, even with experience of risk assessment and making decisions, sometimes things just happen. When it all happens so quickly, you just try not panic and hope there’s some luck with you.”
“‘Oh sh*t’ was probably my thought but the speed at which events took hold meant I knew it was going to go some distance. There was no feeling of panic, more a concerted effort to protect my head and neck and be aware of what was below me, where I was heading and what I could do to slow and stop myself before I got to the more serious rocky outcrops.”
Roberts was lucky to come to a stop on a rocky outcrop. He said he was very dazed by his fall, but not seriously injured. His ankles took the brunt of the damage, but he’s expected to make a full recovery.
One of the first things he did was check his helmet-cam to see if the whole thing has been recorded. It was, and we’re now that much more entertained (and with palms that much sweatier) as a result.