Snowmobilers should be familiar with their surroundings before heading out into the powder.
Vernon Search and Rescue was called into action Sunday after a snowmobiler was reported missing at Hunter’s Range east of Enderby.
“He was an experienced snowmobiler but I don’t believe he was familiar with this area,” said Leigh Pearson, search manager.
Pearson says snowmobilers venturing into new areas should consult with other snowmobilers first or have a guide go along with them.
Search and Rescue volunteers first received the call about the missing snowmobiler at 7:30 p.m. and his friends indicated he was near the Stash cabin.
Unit members headed out into the woods and they were eventually able to contact the snowmobiler by radio.
He had got into trouble when he went into an area that he could not get out of with his machine.
“It turns into a steep and narrow canyon and it catches people off guard,” said Pearson.
“We’ve taken eight or 10 people out of this drainage before.”
Search crews eventually met up with the man, who had started to walk out, and it took them about an hour-and-a-half to climb to the top of the drainage area.
“It’s just ugly — literally hands and knees to get out,” said Pearson.
It was then a 40-minute snowmobile ride back to the Hunter’s Range parking lot.
The snowmobiler was apparently in good condition.
“He was well dressed and had food and water,” said Pearson.
Pearson says Search and Rescue will approach the Hunter’s Range Snowmobile Association about posting signage alerting people to hazards in the drainage area.