Getting lost in the backcountry in B.C. is one of the most terrifying things that could happen to you. Between the questionable terrain, brutal elements, and the need to survive, the pressure is on. Most recently, two B.C. hikers got lost for five days in some of the province's backcountry. The missing B.C. hikers were found earlier this week after they wrote the word “HELP” in the snow. If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, you may want to take a page out of their survival book.
According to Columbia Valley Search and Rescue, two hikers in B.C. were lost for five nights after getting stuck on a backroad.
CBC News has reported that a couple, 22-year-old Catherine Gibbons and 24-year-old Damon Brodeur, and their dog were in Columbia Valley in southern B.C. going on a camping trip.
The two decided to go camping and check out some of the province's backroads near Invermere. While things started out fine, their car eventually got stuck on a snowy slope.
After not being heard from, RCMP issued a missing person report for the two on Wednesday, October 30. CBC News stated that at this point, family members had not heard from them for nearly a week.
According to CBC News, the pair reportedly spent a few nights sleeping in the vehicle before finding a cabin where they could build a fire.
Thankfully, they were well supplied and had extra food and clothing.
On Thursday afternoon, search and rescue crews on an aircraft spotted their vehicle and their SOS message. According to images posted online, the two put out an orange tarp and wrote their cry for help in the snow.
Along with this, they also drew an arrow to where they were so crews could find them.
While this is a scary close call, the two are being called lucky.
Steve Talsma, search manager with Columbia Valley Search and Rescue told CBC News that if they had not been prepared with extra food and had not found the cabin, then this could have had a different outcome.