Snowboarder digs snow cave to survive night at Mount Baker

Snowboarder digs snow cave to survive night at Mount Baker

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Snowboarder digs snow cave to survive night at Mount Baker

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 30 at 1:40 PM

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- A snowboarder survived a night in the backcountry of Mount Baker Ski Area Saturday by digging a snow cave to stay warm.

Jakub Cink, 23, was in good health and uninjured when he trekked back into the ski area Sunday morning and flagged down a member of the ski patrol.

Cink told rescuers he snowboarded out of bounds Saturday afternoon thinking it would lead to the parking lot, but got lost. Cink is from the Czech Republic and visiting friends in Vancouver, B.C.

Despite climbing to the top of a ridge, Cink realized he was lost and dug a snow cave to shield him from the weather for the night.

During that time, Bellingham Mountain Rescue volunteers scoured the area of Lake Ann and the Shuksan Arm, where Cink's tracks were seen. By 2:00 a.m., avalanche hazards became too much for rescuers, who had to stop for the night.

The next morning, volunteers set out again, and Cink made his way back to the ski area where he was rescued.

Cink is is an experienced snowboarder but this was his first time to Mount Baker Ski Area.

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