North Shore Rescue rescued a 37-year-old snowboarder who lost his way on Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver on Monday.
The night was a long, dark, and cold one for the snowboarder, who somehow ventured into an uncontrolled area on the north side of the mountain without telling his companions where he was going.
The companions noticed he was missing at 4 p.m. when they reached the top of the sky chair on Cypress.
NSR got the call at 7 p.m, searchers made voice contact with him at 9:30 p.m., and they got him out at 11:30 p.m.
Search manager Don Jardine says that unlike others before him, the fellow managed to do one thing right by staying put once he realized he was lost.
“I think a lot of them panic. At first, it seems like they’re having a good time and when they realize they’re lost and have no way out,” Jardine says.
Jardine says this is yet another reminder to stay away from out-of-bounds areas because the avalanche risk remains very high along the tree line on the North Shore.