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Man survives 70-fall into crevasse, climbs out

With a broken arm and ribs it took him four or five hours to climb out; he then hiked three hours back to his tent, where a rescue team found him the next morning

NEPAL — A Western Kentucky University professor is "broken" but alive after surviving a 70-foot fall into a crevasse while climbing in Nepal. John All said he managed to make it out and to his tent, where he was picked up by a helicopter.

"It probably took me four or five hours to climb out. I kept moving sideways, slightly up, sideways, slightly up, until I found an area where there was enough hard snow that I could get an ax in and pull myself up and over," he told HLN's "RightThisMinute" on Thursday.

"I knew that if I fell at any time in that entire four or five hours, I, of course, was going to fall all the way to the bottom of the crevasse. Any mistake, or any sort of rest or anything, I was going to die."

Read full storyU.S. climber survives 70-foot fall in Nepal: 'Any mistake ... I was going to die'

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