from latimes.com: A day after he was carried out of the Mendocino National Forest -- having survived nearly three weeks on his own -- 72-year-old Gene Penaflor described how "it all went dead" after falling down a canyon. He had separated from his deer hunting partner deep in the forest on Sept. 24 when he accidently stepped off the edge and fell "straight down" -- so straight, that he landed upright on his feet. "I thought my knee cap was broken," Penaflor told KTVU-TV on Sunday. After that, "it all went dead. I passed out, I don't know how long," he said. When Penaflor awoke at the bottom of a steep canyon, he was surrounded by fog. Too weakened to hunt deer, Penaflor ate algae, a snake, berries and squirrels to survive, the Ukiah Daily Journal reported.