Check out the footage of this hero at Arapahoe Basin in Keystone, Colorado.

From Denver 7, learn more about Mickey Wilson. He became a hero in everyone's eyes after this death defying feat to save a man he didn't even know. Mickey was brave enough to climb UP one of the chair lift towers and then pull himself across the cable to where the man was hanging from the chair. By the way, Mickey was not wearing any type of safety harness. He was free climbing. He has a broken hand while doing this. On top of that, the man who was hanging was doing so by his backpack strap around his neck. Time was essential.

Mickey Wilson is a professional slack liner. No, I had to look up what that is. According to Wikipedia:

Slacklining is

'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;[1] it can be used in various environments with few components.'

Sure seems like that skill of balance and patience was needed in this dramatic rescue. Well done, Mickey Wilson!


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