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Photo: WenatcheeOutdoors.org

LEAVENWORTH - A Seattle man says he’s lucky to be alive after taking a 400-ft tumble down a portion of Cannon Mountain near Leavenworth Sunday night.

Chelan County sheriff’s officials say 36-year-old Ryan Cairnes was descending Cannon Mountain when he decided to deviate from his planned path due to a boulder field.

Cairnes told rescuers that he slipped on what he believed was ice. Cairnes says the misstep resulted in him falling down the mountain, bouncing off boulders and over ledges.

Cairnes was hurt bad with fractures to his neck, right knee, scapula and ribs. However, Cairnes’s climbing helmet and backpack likely broke some of his fall.

Cairnes was forced to spend Sunday night on the mountain using his sleeping bag and survival gear. Cairnes struggled to get down the on Monday and spent a second night in the wilderness.

Cairnes headed west towards the Stuart Lake Trail and eventually made his way to the beaten path by nightfall.

While continuing down the trail, rescuers who had been searching for him crossed paths with Cairnes and managed to wheel him to the trailhead where he was transported by an ambulance to Cascade Medical Center.

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