L.A. Man Slips From Glacier, Breaks Back, Walks 3 Miles for Help

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A Los Angeles man was recovering Friday after surviving an incredible ordeal while climbing in Glacier National Park during a family vacation in Montana.

Ted Porter hiked along with family members for about a week before deciding to head out on his own.


Ted Porter, 36, walks 3 miles for help after breaking back in fall from glacier.

During a climb to Jackson Glacier, the 36-year-old slipped and fell 40 feet into a crevasse.

Despite a crushed vertebrae, Porter managed to grab his climbing gear from his backpack and dug his way out.

“He went into instant survivor mode and knew he had to get out fast. He made a video saying goodbye to his parents,” girlfriend Jessica Reynolds said.  “He said I can’t be that story, I have to make it out.”

Porter walked three miles before spotting some campers he had seen earlier in the day.

“He fell multiple times along the way, but luckily he made it,”  Reynolds said.

Porter spent more than a week in a Montana hospital.  On Friday he flew to Kansas City to continue his rehab.

Doctors believe Porter will make a full recovery without paralysis.

A fundraising website was established to help with his huge medical expenses.

To donate, log on to GiveForward.com.

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