So here's a story about a 30 year old guy up in AK living off the grid (presumably) about 70 miles NW of Anchorage. As the story goes, his remote
cabin burns down in late December and he 'survives more than 3 weeks' until an Alaska State Patrol helo spots an "SOS" distress sign he has stomped
into the snow.
Okay, at first I'm thinking about how lucky this guy is as I'm reading the tale of his ordeal. Must have been a pretty harrowing 3 weeks. In the
article he talks about how he had to build this makeshift shelter to live in, basically a 'tent' of sorts built around his only remaining item, a wood
stove. Lost all his clothes, snow shoes burned up and he had no way out. Sounds pretty rough. The story (linked below) goes on. By the time I get
to the end of the story my forehead is scrunched up and I've got a bunch of questions.
First of all, if you look at the pictures from the air (particularly the 2nd one), you can see this guy's makeshift shelter adjacent to his 'SOS'
sign. However, if you look just to the left of it there's a small structure (outhouse maybe?). But then, if you look to the lower right of the
picture there's what looks like this large building. WTH?? Why did you have to make a tent structure when there were two structures nearby you could
Then, if you look along the bottom of this same picture you will see this sizable mechanical structure (purpose unknown). Even if the large building
to the right is not what it looks like, why not use the mechanical structure as part of your makeshift shelter, why start all over again?
The story also says he didn't have a snowmobile, but if you look at the pictures there's this large circular track which sure looks like it was made
by a snow machine. So, was someone else there?
I don't know, the story just doesn't make sense to me. I don't get it. Seems like there's a lot of missing information. Also, notice how the State
Patrol officer is standing there talking to him. It's almost like he's asking him what the heck is going on, not rescuing some stranded refugee. I
think there's more to this story, so let me know what you think.
Here's the story...
Man survives weeks in remote Alaska wilderness after cabin burns
ETA - Oh, and watch the embedded video near the end of the article, it's the raw footage from the helo. You will see all sorts of structures around
his little camp, which just reinforces the questions I had. WTH??? There's definitely more to this story!
Link directly to video from State Patrol
1/13/2020 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)