After his snowmobiling trip went awry, this Canadian teenager built himself a snow cave to survive. The 17-year-old from British Columbia used the proven survival technique to shelter himself until rescuers could locate him.
The teen, who has not been named, became separated from his adventuring group, according to Canada’s South Cariboo Search and Rescue. Upon returning to their designated parking lot, friends and family of the young snowmobiler became concerned when he never showed. Their request for rescue came in around 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, January 16. 100 Mile House Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) then took to action.
In the meantime, a few members of his party remained on the mountainside to search for the teen. Others were dispatched to alert South Cariboo Search and Rescue, who were also in contact with RCMP. It was South Cariboo SAR, however, that eventually located the teenager. According to their press release, they found him “in good condition.” This is, no doubt, a result of his Outsider-esque survival skills and expertly-crafted snow cave.
“This young man did everything right after things went wrong” in Constructing Snow Cave
When announcing the successful rescue on Facebook, SAR had high praise for the teen’s ingenuity and knowhow.
“This young man did everything right after things went wrong,” SAR detailed. “He got separated from his group and after multiple failed attempts to get back out of the area, the way he got into it and not knowing the terrain and area, he parked his sled in a wide-open area, walked over to a nearby treed area and built himself an incredible snow cave to spend the night.”
“When our team members came across him, he was in the shelter with food and water,” they add. “This young man made our task a little less difficult by staying in place and having some backcountry winter survival knowledge.”
In addition, the 100 Mile House RCMP also made sure to thank South Cariboo SAR for “another positive outcome.”
“We in the south Cariboo are very fortunate to have such a dedicated group of well-trained volunteers to assist in times of need,” RCMP Cpl. Madonna Saunderson details in a statement on the snow cave rescue, CNN cites.
Well done, young man. A true Outsider if there ever was one.