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US climber crawls to safety after Nepal fall

An American climber said he fell into a crevasse on a Himalayan mountain in Nepal but managed to crawl to his tent despite a broken arm and ribs before being rescued.

John All, of Western Kentucky University, said he thought he was going to die after falling 22 metres.

It took him six hours to crawl out of the hole and another three to reach his tent where he spent the night in pain before rescuers reached him.

All and his research team had moved to Mount Himlung in north central Nepal because the Mount Everest area was closed last month after the death of 16 Sherpa guides in an avalanche.

One of those guides was from All’s team. They were planning to climb Mount Lhotse, a sister peak of Everest.


“I thought I was going to die, there was no way out. I was alone,” All said, describing his first thoughts after falling into the crevasse.

“I landed on a narrow ice ledge which saved me from falling further.”

All broke five ribs and an arm, dislocated his shoulders, suffered internal bleeding and bruised his face and knees.

He crawled out of the hole using his ice axe, but because of his broken ribs and right arm he could only move very slowly.

Once he got out of the crevasse, he did not have a radio to call for help so he struggled back to his tent.

He texted for help on his satellite messenger, and his friends arranged for a helicopter rescue.