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Who: 72-year-old Toby Kravet

Where: Treble Cone, New Zealand

His mistake: He fell. But he did everything else right.

What happened: A man was skiing (presumable alone) when he fell and suffered multiple compound fractures to his lower legs. Unable to summon help, the man lay in the snow for 17 hours. While the man was waiting for help, he repeated a set of four exercises to stay awake and warm. A search and rescue volunteer eventually spotted the man waving his poles and a rescue ensued. Kravet is a man’s man. When asked what his pain level was on a scale of 1 to 10, the said a 3.

Read the story here.

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