UPDATED: A man was airlifed to hospital in Trondheim on Thursday afternoon after he fell while ice climbing south of Støren in Sør-Trøndelag. The climber sustained head injuries and was knocked unconcious after he fell eight metres down a frozen waterfall.
The two international climbers had planned to climb the falls, but when they reached the cliff they discovered there wasn’t enough ice. They decided to go around to the top and climb down instead, one of the men told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). He secured the rope and his friend began to climb.
“I saw that he’d fallen backwards,” he said. “He shouted to me that I had to lock the rope, but I couldn’t react quickly enough.” The man was wearing a helmet, but hit his head on the ice as he fell and was knocked unconscious, bleeding from the head. When he came to, he couldn’t remember what had happened.
The climbers were in a remote area and faced a long wait for medical help. Police said paramedics had to hike in to reach the injured man, and a helicopter was needed to hoist him to safety. The second climber said he couldn’t get down to his injured friend, and could only shout encouragement while they waited. “But at the same time as I was doing that I had the image of him falling burned onto my retinas and that it was my fault,” he told NRK.
Police said they would investigate how the accident happened.