Dang! This is better than the last action flick you saw. It’s the real deal.
When someone is unconscious, and dangling by his neck, you don’t have a lot of time to do a ‘by the book’ rescue.
This guy sprang into action. Climbed a tower. Tightrope-walked to the victim. Caught a knife, and cut him free.
A man who got tangled in an Arapahoe Basin chairlift Wednesday morning and was hanging unconscious from his neck was cut down by a professional slackliner who climbed up a lift tower, slid approximately 30 feet across the lift’s cable and cut him free with a knife tossed from ski patrollers.
They didn’t wait to find out if traditional rescue could arrive in time to save his life.
If you haven’t heard of slacklining, here’s a definintion:
Slacklining refers to the act of walking or balancing along a suspended length of flat webbing that is tensioned between two anchors. Slacklining is similar to slack rope walking and tightrope walking. Slacklines differ from tightwires and tightropes in the type of material used and the amount of tension applied during use. Slacklines are tensioned significantly less than tightropes or tightwires in order to create a dynamic line which will stretch and bounce like a long and narrow trampoline. Tension can be adjusted to suit the user, and different webbing may be used in various circumstances. Slacklining is popular because of its simplicity and versatility; it can be used in various environments with few components.
And an example.
Who knew a hobby could save a life?
Well done, Mickey Wilson. Well done!