23 year old Jeremy Galton was mountain biking in the Angeles National Forest with his brother when they were seperated by fog. Although he was reported missing by his brother, two days of severe sub-zero storms played havoc with search and rescue attempts.
However Galton had followed his animal instincts and dug in to see the storm out, burying himself in mud for insulation. Despite being stuck in the forest in freezing conditions for two nights, when he was found on the Friday evening he was in “good condition” and not even suffering from hypothermia.
“There was rain and snow everywhere. It was pretty amazing that he survived it,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Harris.
The moral of this story? If you’re riding in winter, don’t ride alone, take extra food, clothing and water and a survival bag and if you really think you’re stuck, just dig yourself in and wait.
A small bag of nuts on your person will also make it more likely you’ll be rescued by squirrels if the mountain rescue don’t find you.