Woman who fell from 100-foot AZ cliff speaks out

Posted at 3:06 PM, May 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-26 19:49:49-04

A Minnesota nurse fell more than 100 feet down an Arizona cliff and now she's speaking exclusively to ABC15 about her ordeal.

Amber Kohnhorst was recently staying near Kingman so she could volunteer at a nearby animal rescue shelter. 

She decided to go hiking alone last Friday but ended up getting lost. During the hike, she fell more than 100 feet down a cliff, breaking her back in three places. She also had a broken pelvis and nose. 

She was left stranded -- no water, no food and no cell service. But even after that near deadly fall, she was able to climb almost halfway back up the mountain to search for help. 

Finally, more than 24 hours later, rescue crews were able to reach her.

She credits the Colorado City Fire Department as well as the owners of the B&B she was staying at for alerting authorities that she was missing.

She's now in a Utah hospital recovering but hoping to return home to Minnesota to complete her rehabilitation. 

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help raise money for her medical bills and recovery.