A 55-year-old adventurer from Grand Marais fell into a crevasse on a solo-climb of Alaska’s Mount Hunter.
He was at the edge of a deep crevasse and managed to plunge his ice axe into the snow to arrest his fall. But the rest of his body, plus his backpack, was dangling into the crevasse. He moved each of his feet one at a time and felt them touch nothing.
Slowly and deliberately over the next several minutes, he managed to get out of his backpack while clinging with one hand or the other to the ice axe. He feared if he kept the pack on, the extra weight might cause him to fall into the crevasse.