A Seattle man is lucky to be alive after getting lost beyond the boundary of Mt Baker Ski Area this past weekend reports King5.com.
Dave Drulard was skiing with his family on Friday when he found some time to go for a solo backcountry lap. That lap would last a grueling 22 hours before his eventual rescue.
Once Drulard failed to come down the mountain, his wife alerted authorities and a search and rescue response was initiated. Unfortunatetly for the S&R personnel, there were not many clues as to where Drulard exited the ski area boundary.
The lost skier eventually skied into a drainage and while crossing a snow-bridge, plummeted into a pool of icy water. For nearly a whole day, he kept moving to stay warm. After almost a full day lost in the snowy wilderness, Drulard luckily ran upon the Bellingham Mountain Rescue Council, who were training in the area at the time. They assisted the lost skier back to civilization where he is now recuperating from the incident.
Find the entire King5.com article here: ‘I almost lost everything’: Skier survives 22 hours lost in Mount Baker backcountry