Postcard from the edge: Father who lost his leg after falling while rock



They say you can't keep a good man down, and that's certainly the case with intrepid rock climber Craig DeMartino.

In 2002 Mr DeMartino had to have his left leg amputated following a climbing accident when he fell 100ft from a cliff face in the Rocky Mountains and almost died.

But here he is posing for a holiday photo with his family just last week, 400ft up a sheer cliff face.




Family ties: The DeMartino family - mother Cyndy, son Will, 12, and father Craig pose for a picture on a cliff in Red Rocks, Nevada


Mr DeMartino, his wife Cyndy and children Mayah, 14, and Will, 12, spent a day scaling a mountain in Red Rocks, Nevada, last week.


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The vertigo-inducing photograph was taken by Mayah, 14, who along with Will, 12, has fully embraced the extreme family-hobby.

'We were at a belay ledge anchored in with webbing and bolts in the rock,' said Mr DeMartino, a professional climber from Loveland, Colorado.


'I had climbed the pitch above and lowered back to the ledge and sent Mayah up with my phone to take the picture.


'I lowered Mayah down after she had climbed up and she shot the picture from about 230 feet above us.'




High achiever: Mayah DeMartino, 14, makes her way up a cliff face during the extreme family excursion






Can't keep a good man down: Mr DeMartino (left) had to have his left leg amputated after he fell 100ft during a climbing trip in the Rockies where he almost died. Now son Will (right) is keen to follow in his footsteps






Leading the way: Mother Cyndy DeMartino makes her way up a jagged cliff face in Red Rocks, Nevada





This photograph was taken by daughter Mayah, 14, who along with brother Will, 12, have embraced the extreme family-hobby

The family have been climbing together for a number of years and enjoy it because 'only a handful of people' get to enjoy the same views.


But while some people are blown away by the picture others have expressed concerns.


Mr DeMartino added: 'We posted the picture on Facebook and the reaction goes from 'awesome' to 'you are a bad parent.'