This is the terrifying moment a man avoided certain death by just inches after a huge piece of loose rock tumbled down a mountain he was climbing.
The near miss was filmed on Mount Spantik in Pakistan and shows Shayan Anwer just about dodging a storm of rockfall, including a massive 1-ton ‘frisbee’ that almost takes him out.
After narrowly missing Mr Anwer’s face, the huge piece of rock almost hits another climber, before crashing into a tent and dragging it thousands of metres down onto a glacier.
The footage was recorded as Mr Anwer’s group and two other German groups were besieged by bad weather while scaling the 23,054 ft mountain.
The climbers had reached base camp but were forced to remain there for several days because of the weather conditions.
While they were at base camp they were caught up in the wave of deadly flying rocks, which is when the shocking footage was filmed.
Mr Anwer told Unilad: While waiting at the base camp for the weather to get clear, this one day I heard loud noise that came from the way that goes to camp one.
The terrifying footage showed just how close the huge boulder was from smashing into Shayan Anwer
‘I saw everybody at the base camp shouting and running for cover when I looked up I saw a rock coming straight for the campsite, because it was falling from a distance I was not able to judge the size of the rock and I started filming it with my phone camera.
‘I only realised when the rock actually came closer and split into two pieces, that’s when I started to run for cover but by that time it had come too close already.
‘It landed on our camp’s entrance, missed my face by literally a few inches and then after a bounce it took off and landed on the kitchen tent which it destroyed completely and then it almost hit this Swiss climber before going down into the Chogholungma glacier.’
After narrowly missing Mr Anwer, the huge piece of rock carried on and almost hit another climber
Despite the brush with death, the climbers stayed at base camp that night.
However, according to Mr Anwer, ‘nobody slept’.
He said: ‘Nobody slept that night, people took turns to warn others as rocks kept falling all night, we had a whistle which we used to blow to warn everyone at the basecamp.
‘Every time we heard a whistle we ran for cover but the problem was during the day we could see this rock coming down on us while during the night we had no idea from which direction it was coming so it was literally a gamble, none of those rocks hit the camp site though and I am glad to say this that nobody got hurt in this whole incident.’
After missing the climbers the rock then crashed into a tent and dragged it down thousands of feet
The German climbers cancelled their expedition the same day as their brush with death.
The next day, a team of climbers and high-altitude porters went up to analyse the situation.
Their terrifying conclusion said that around 4000 cubic metres of the mountain could fall at any moment.
They advised Mr Anwer and the other climbers that it was too dangerous to stay at base camp, or to continue with the climb.
Mr Anwer, pictured, and his team were climbing the 23,054 ft Mount Spantik in Pakistan – together with two German climbing groups
However, Mr Anwer and his team decided to stay another day at base camp before continuing their climb.
They journeyed to camp one before climbing up a very steep path with a 700m fixed rope.
They stayed the night there but decided to descend the next day because they were out of supplies like food and gas.
Porters and climbers advised Mr Anwer (pictured with another climber and a Pakistan flag) to turn around but he ignored their advice and continued with the climb
They eventually made it to camp one and then made the steep and perilous journey to the mountain’s camp three
However, they then had another terrifying brush with death after other climbers took their fixed ropes.
He said: ‘Next day we started descending and we reach the point where we had to use the same fixed rope to descend, we noticed that the fixed rope has been taken off, some climbers that went up to the summit with us decided to descend earlier than us and they took the ropes with them leaving four of us to literally die at camp three.
‘Despite the problem we decided to go down because as I mentioned earlier we were out of supplies, we used our ice axes and crampons to descend and while descending I slipped and went straight down for some 60 meters.
Mr Anwer (pictured) and his group eventually had to turn around after they ran out of food and supplies
‘I went numb I didn’t even shout for help, luckily my foot hit my high altitude porter in his shoulder and that’s when he realised and within a split second he got me from my collar, if it wasn’t for him I was as good as dead at that point.
‘We tied safety rope from that point on to ourselves and kept descending, at this one point where I stepped, the ice beneath me cracked and next thing I know I was hanging in a very deep crevasse, my high altitude porter dug his crampons in ice and while acting as an anchor point he pulled me out of it, similar case happened with my sister as well.’
He never found out which climber took the fixed ropes down but said it was a ‘part of climbing’.
On their descent, they were stunned to discover other climbers had taken their fixed rope – putting them at risk of death again. They made it down, however