Adam Potter, 35, is already talking about his next climb - Mount Everest.
Astonished rescuers found Potter standing up and reading a map when they arrived on Scotland's Sgurr Choinnich Mor mountain. They were convinced he wasn't the victim.
They had found bits of his clothing and equipment on outcrops stretching from the top to the bottom of the mountain.
"I was actually in a position where I could see what was coming, cause I could see what I was about to go over, and I thought that might be it," Potter said. "I'm extremely, extremely lucky that I didn't injure myself any more than what I have."
Potter broke his back in three places.
He was also lucky the mountain rescue helicopter was in the area on training exercises.
Potter and his climbing buddies were preparing for an Everest trek later this year, a date he plans to keep.