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Western Kentucky University professor is the ultimate bad ass

John All is an associate professor of geology and geography at Western Kentucky University, and yesterday he won the entire internet after surviving what was an unbelievably bad day in Nepal.

All, an experienced climber with Mt. Everest on his resume, fell 70 feet into a hole while wandering around on his own on a Himalayan mountain. If not for a three-foot ledge that caught him, he would’ve kept falling even deeper down what looks like a never-ending crevasse of ice and snow. And because it is 2014, All had a camera on him and documented his attempt to get out alive.

Adding to the list of bad things that happened, he had to climb his way back out with a broken right arm and broken ribs, using only his ice axe. And no one around to help. And no radio to call someone.

“I thought I was going to die, there was no way out. I was alone,” he told the Huffington Post.

When All finally reached the surface, he texted back to camp for help, but the weather was too bad for helicopters to reach him. So he spent the night alone on the mountain, covered in his own blood, and woke up with frostbitten fingers. After finally being rescued, he spent one night in intensive care and checked out the next morning against doctor’s orders.

Have a look at the video from when he first hops up from the fall below, but be warned, John’s language is pretty salty. All made good use of the ‘F bomb’ in the video, which is excusable because, ya know, he just fell 70 feet into the Earth and thought he was going to die.

Watch the other three videos after the jump…

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

26 Comments for Western Kentucky University professor is the ultimate bad ass



  1. BGCat
    4:10 pm May 23, 2014 Permalink

    I had him for a class at WKU, and he is a good professor and a nice guy. I’m glad to hear he is ok.



  2. Go Mitch, Beat the B*tch
    4:18 pm May 23, 2014 Permalink

    Sounds like another naive liberal academic puppet who didn’t bother doing the research before jumping into the fire, so to speak.



    • Haha
      4:25 pm May 23, 2014 Permalink

      Keyboard tough guy at its finest. I would bet everything I have they’d be air lifting your dead body out of that crack.



    • Andddddd
      4:33 pm May 23, 2014 Permalink

      Your comment is absolutely irrelevant to what this guy did. Did you seriously view that as a significant “most post” comment? Geeze



    • Uhhh
      4:37 pm May 23, 2014 Permalink

      Keep your garbage to yourself guy. Although we don’t know who you are, anyone reading that post knows you’re some sort of fool. This guy just survived a pretty intense battle of life or death at his own accord for a hobby. What’s your hobby, drooling on your keyboard enjoying all the fun you’re not having?



    • BGCat
      5:08 pm May 23, 2014 Permalink

      Perhaps you saw, if you can read, that he has successfully reached the summit of Mt. Everest before and therefore has plenty of knowledge and education about climbing. Maybe you should do some research yourself before you make asinine comments on a subject you clearly know nothing about.



    • Sayre
      12:42 am May 24, 2014 Permalink

      Not only does your name demonstrate your obvious sexist beliefs by referring to Alison Lundergen Grimes as a “bitch”, you also clearly have not read the post and have no idea what you are talking about. Last time I checked you usually have to be pretty good at climbing to manage to summit Everest, and the fact that he actually dug himself out of the hole demonstrates that he has serious climbing skills. Please continue to post comedic comments on here so we can all laugh at your unbelievable stupidity. Also, somehow I wonder if the world would be a better place if it was you that got stuck down a 70 foot hole, and unlike All you froze to death in there.



    • zombielibrarian
      12:58 pm May 24, 2014 Permalink

      Please, don’t feed the trolls.



  3. Al Gore
    4:25 pm May 23, 2014 Permalink

    Being a wild sexx poodle is much easier.



  4. RICK
    4:33 pm May 23, 2014 Permalink

    All this and just happen to video it. BS.



    • MadTex
      4:37 pm May 23, 2014 Permalink

      You wouldn’t last 15 seconds with this guy Rick!!! When you’re in this type of environment, which you have no clue as to what it’s like, you record things that you’re doing, you don’t have time to write most of the time. You’re an idiot Rick – go jump into a lake and sink!!!



  5. PaintLouBlue
    4:50 pm May 23, 2014 Permalink

    I imagine the same thing happens when one has “relations” with a Kardashian.



  6. JesseHarrod
    4:51 pm May 23, 2014 Permalink

    Absolutely amazing. The will of some people.



  7. Small Text
    4:57 pm May 23, 2014 Permalink

    Are they ever gonna fix the problem with the text being to small to read on an iPhone straight up and down? I remember when I didn’t have to turn my phone to the side and rest it on my pinky until it goes numb…



  8. leedee
    5:02 pm May 23, 2014 Permalink

    I am amazed he could climb, considering the huge onions he must have.



  9. Sam R
    5:15 pm May 23, 2014 Permalink

    Haha I like how “Small Text’s” is complaining about his pinky going numb form his iphone while this guy is stuck in an ice hole with broken bones. haha.



  10. john q pubes
    6:25 pm May 23, 2014 Permalink

    I am with the jackass not badass camp. Hope he didn’t use his state university insurance for the ICU stay. I hate subsidized risk taking. Hobbies are canasta and card collecting. Sports are bball and golf. Mtn climbing is narcissistic indulgence.



    • D
      12:28 pm May 24, 2014 Permalink

      And you’re an idiot.



  11. ikeeveready
    10:36 pm May 23, 2014 Permalink

    Pubes & Mitch the [email protected],
    You record (long O sound) especially in this instance for a record (short O, sounds like a U) in case you don’t make it. Probably carrying a camera for personal documentation as well as professional to use in instruction.

    Kayaking, Olympic Sport; Cycling, Olympic Sport; Mountain biking, Olympic Sport; Ice climbing, Competitive Sport; this type of guy participates in all of these sports most likely as a way to be part of the natural world. If fell your fat ass out of tree stand and drug yourself back to safety, or fell off the side of a boat, breaking an arm and getting concussed but managed to swim your ass back to shore would we call it narcissistic or self absorbed.

    Morons, move along.



  12. Bradley
    12:46 am May 24, 2014 Permalink

    I bet $1,000,000 his arm isn’t broken. You don’t act like that if you aren’t positive you’ll get out alive. He had a bloody nose though. The balls that guy must have to climb out with a bloody nose.



  13. Woodland Avenue
    7:30 am May 24, 2014 Permalink

    I imagine all of the namby pamby parents who were worried that their children might see Cal flipping the double bird last week are going to love the language in these videos. Maybe they’ll get a participation trophy for commenting on how un-family friendly the website is.



  14. Mitch & john q quote
    10:57 am May 24, 2014 Permalink

    “Had fun once… It was terrible”



  15. Bob the replier
    11:42 am May 24, 2014 Permalink

    Waste phone battery on selfie instead of potential rescue makes you a dumb ass not a bad ass. Wonder what his carbon footprint is to jet set around the world in the name of the environment?



    • No signal
      1:01 pm May 24, 2014 Permalink

      He had no cell signal down there, so all in all the phones only purpose was essentially what he used it for.



  16. Megan
    12:21 pm May 24, 2014 Permalink

    That you feel the need to defend his use of foul language is absurd.



  17. wtfman
    1:29 pm May 24, 2014 Permalink

    If he has a broke arm why is he using 2 ice picks?