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    >>> 35-year-old adam potter is alive and shockingly well after falling 1,000 feet off a cliff. that's the height of the eiffel tower . the scottish mountain climber lost his footing and his friends watched in horror as he plummeted to the bottom. the only way he survived is broke his fall hitting the rocks. rescuers arrived and were shocked to find potter standing up, reading a map. when asked about his injuries, potter joked he'd had worse cuts shaving. that's a remarkable story. it is now 7:20. back to matt, ann and al. he plans to climb everest this year.

    >> that's a gutsy man.

    >> it is.

    >> the worst fear you could have.

    >> so the rocks broke his fall?

    >> broke his fall. he was still falling about every 100 feet, all the way down.

    >> maybe the bruises haven't all revealed themselves.

    >> i think he's in shock.

    >> holding onto his acme anvil.

    >> mr. roker, it will be a busy week.

    >> another monday, another storm to talk about. you will see clouds in the pacific northwest . there is a storm system triple-barrel low getting together bringing showers to the southeast. icing through the mid mississippi river

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updated 1/30/2011 2:23:05 AM ET 2011-01-30T07:23:05

A climber who fell 1,000 feet down a near vertical cliff in Scotland was found by rescuers standing at the bottom of the mountain reading a map, according to reports Sunday.

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A rescuer, who arrived by helicopter, said that they at first did not believe the man could have fallen so far, The Scotsman newspaper reported.

"It seemed impossible. So we retraced our path back up the mountain and, sure enough, there were bits of his kit in a vertical line all the way up where he had obviously lost them during the fall," Lieutenant Tim Barker, who was on board a Sea King helicopter, said, according to the paper.

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"It was quite incredible. He must have literally glanced off the outcrops as he fell, almost flying," he added.

A paramedic winched down from the helicopter to the man, 35, found the climber had sustained cuts, bruises and a minor chest injury.

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"He was shaking from extreme emotional shock and the sheer relief at still being alive," Barker said, according to The Scotsman.

The climber had been on the summit of the 3,600-foot Sguss Choinnich Mor, about five miles from Ben Nevis, the U.K.'s highest peak, on the west coast of Scotland, when he fell and was found at about 2,600 feet.

The man was taken to hospital in Glasgow, the paper said.

"Really an amazing result. I have to say, when we got the call and realized the details of where he'd fallen, we did expect to arrive on scene to find the worst-case scenario," Barker told BBC News.

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