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When the author began his career as a volunteer mountain rescuer with the Alpine Rescue Team in Colorado seventeen years ago, he was a clueless Youngstowner fresh off the interstate from Ohio who didn't know Gore-Tex from Tex-Mex. He had a lifetime of ridiculously dangerous pursuits and backcountry sins to atone for, so he became a Rocky Mountain rescuer with the intention of repaying the massive karmic debt he had accumulated. This is the story of how a career in volunteer service to others transformed a self-absorbed Rustbelt redneck adrenaline junkie into one of the nation's leading voices in technical rope rescue.
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Table of Contents
Meet the Reporting Party 11
They Died Doing What They Loved Best and Other Lies from Rescue World 12
Rustbelt Recollections: My Dad, the Devil, Ice Age Prophecies, and the Orange Bears 28
Falling Down and Getting Dirty 46
Dynamite and Two Motorcycle Helmets 55
The Initial Call-Out 63
Broken Hearts, Shattered Glass, and Second Chances 64
The Alpine Rescue Team-Its Like Baywatch on Skis, Right? 72
Irritable Bowels, a Big Mountain, and By the Way, Have You Met My Nephew? 84
A Tale of Two Marines: The Thin Line Between Pity and Disgust 101
Being Found is Not the Same Thing as Being Saved 115
Shepard's Prayer 125
The Poor Man's BASE Jump and Reflections on the Aroma of Gangrene 143
Suicide: The Low Side of That Rocky Mountain High 159
To Touch the Face of God 182
A Fool's Circle: Learning the Hard Way-Again and Again 206