25-Year-Old Man Accidentally Skies Off 150-Foot Cliff — and Survives! 'I Was Praying' He Says
Devin Stratton is one lucky skier.
The 25-year-old fishing instructor accidentally skied right off a 150-foot cliff on January 18 — and lived to tell the tale.
Stratton was backcountry skiing with his friend, Matt Reeves, through Utah’s Aspen Grove route to Mount Timpanagos summit when he misinterpreted the course, according to KSL. In the near-death experience caught on his GoPro, Stratton can be seen hurling off the cliff, landing (miraculously) and talking into the camera.
During the unanticipated jump, his skis collided with protruding branches, causing him to flip over and land on his back.
“I’m super glad I did it. I would never wish for it to happen to anyone, but it’s pretty lucky to have on video,” Stratton told the Washington Post.
“I [prayed] in my head in midair,” he added. “It doesn’t sound like it in the raw footage because I’m cussing. But in my head, I was praying.”
“Turns out I am afraid of heights… Miraculously I didn’t even have a bruise! I did break a lot of gear including my helmet. Thanks to Matt for helping me dig for nearly five hours I found my lost ski and skied down. #jerryoftheday,” Stratton writes on his Instagram post that has been viewed over 84,000 times.
He credits his backpack and the two feet of snow he landed in for his survival — but says it took him a few seconds after landing to realize he was still alive.
“I immediately thought about my cousin who was [left a] quadriplegic from a car accident and thought, ‘I’m gonna be paralyzed. And then when I saw how big the cliff was when I was going over the edge, I thought I was dead for sure,” Stratton told the Washington Post.
The seasoned skier sustained minimal injuries and says the accident won’t deter him from skiing again.
“I’m super lucky to be alive, or at least not hurt … Not even a scratch or a bruise,” he told the Washington Post. “I’m gonna go slow.”