Drastic Measures

2003-05-02 11:00 ☼ post

[Climber amputates his arm, hikes to [safet:http]

MOAB, Utah (AP) — A Colorado climber amputated his own arm Thursday, five days after becoming pinned by a boulder, and he was hiking to safety when he was spotted by searchers, authorities said.

Unbelievable. Cuts off his own arm, repels back down the mountain, and starts hiking out after having gone without water for two days. That climber definitely sounds like an exceptional man.

Actually, now that I think about it I’m reminded of the scene in Mad Max where Mel Gibson handcuffs a bad guy to a car that’s about to explode and then gives him a hacksaw. If I remember correctly Mel told him that he has enough time to cut through his arm, but not the tempered steel chain before the car blew up. Of course the bad guy still tried to cut through the chain and ended up dying.