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In firearm training, we like to say that in the stress of a real firefight, you will likely perform only half as well as your best day on the range, but often it is the case that a person with some training will perform much better than expected. This ski lift rescue appears to be such a case. Adrenaline seems to have allowed our hero skywalker to access some pretty unique training, formulate and execute a plan quickly in a determined way that resisted attempts to dissuade him from continuing. Only thing he lacked was a knife, which well-trained paramedics arriving with alacrity deftly hand-airlifted to him with celerity, and of course our calm hero caught it perfectly.
Contrast all this with the bumbling folks on the ground whose repeated attempts to build a pyramid kept collapsing in failure. If you have training, adrenaline will allow you to access it and perhaps exceed everyone’s expectations. If you lack training, you will panic and lose.
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.