British mountaineer Mark Roberts got more than he bargained for when he attempted to climb Snowdon Mountain last month. Roberts was using ice axes to make his way up the 3560-foot peak, which happens to be the tallest in Wales, when he was struck by falling ice. The force of the impact knocked him off the steep face and caused him to tumble more than 100 feet down the side of the mountain, all of which was captured by the helmet cam he was wearing during his ascent.
The video, which you see above, gives us a glimpse into every climber’s nightmare – an uncontrolled fall down the side of a mountain. In order to avoid these types of accidents, mountaineers are taught to self-arrest using an ice axe, but in this case it looks like the incident happens so quickly that Roberts didn’t have time to attempt to stop his fall. Fortunately, he came away from this with just a broken ankle and a few bumps and bruises, as obviously this could have turned out a lot worse for him.
With the slumping economy and decline in hotel occupancy rates, lots of hotels and resorts are offering deals that allow you stay for free after you pay for a certain number of nights. But not many resorts are throwing in a free “adventure cam” to use during your stay.
RockResorts, which operates properties in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and St. Lucia, is offering a “Three for Free” promotion that goes above and beyond the standard package deal. The minimum stay at each resort varies (ranging from 3-6 nights) and dates of validity vary through April depending on which of the 12 resorts you choose, but at each one you’ll receive: one free night’s stay, a $50 gift card or resort credit, and a free Adventure Eye Video Systems action/ helmet camcorder to make a movie off all the fun you have during your stay.
As an added bonus, those who actually use the camera to record themselves out and about on the property can enter their movie into a contest to win free Epic Passes for the 2010-2011 season. The passes allow unlimited skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado.
To take advantage of the promotion, rooms must be booked by January 31.
[via La Times]