(source) - SLADE, Ky. (AP) -- Rescue crews say an Ohio man who was camping with friends in central Kentucky's Red River Gorge is recovering after falling from a cliff while sleepwalking.
Powell County Emergency Management told WKYT-TV (http://bit.ly/1puqDGb ) that the group had set up camp near Grey's Arch Trail and the man's friends called for help after realizing that he was missing in the middle of the night.
Wolfe County rope technician John May told the station the Cincinnati man, whose name wasn't released, fell about 60 feet early Thursday and landed in an area with several large boulders.
He called it a "miracle" that the man survived. May said the camper suffered a head injury, a dislocated shoulder and a fractured leg, but he's expected to make a full recovery.
This makes me so glad that I'm not a sleepwalker*. Because we've all had this dream before: you're doing something awesome like flying a jet or running on the top of mountains or bangin on a rooftop, etc., and all of a sudden WHOOM you're plummeting back to the earth with no means to stop it until you suddenly pop awake in a cold sweat. Now, for most of us it ends right there (unless you were a top bunk-er, then you may have actually fallen out of your bed but come on that's like 6 feet tops, pussy), but for this poor camper, the ultimate nightmare was realized.
He actually had to wake up, look around, and come to the realization that he legitimately fell off of a cliff. That's a bad day omen ten times out of ten. I gotta say, I go back and forth on camping quite a bit, and this is just really not doing much for the "it's a good idea" side of the argument. Lot of potential for bad times in the woods, especially if you're prone to acting out your dreams as they occur.
* I've been told that I did in fact have one sleepwalking incident as a kid, in which I marched in to my parents closet and peed all over their shoes. I dunno, I don't remember it and I don't know if I've ever heard of an isolated act of sleepwalking (you either sleep walk or you don't), so part of me thinks 5 year old me just figured out a clever way to show my displeasure for skim milk. It tastes like fucking water, figure it out assholes.