On Thursday, January 9th, Alaska State Troopers conducted a welfare check on Tyson Steele, a 30-year-old residing in a cabin about 20 miles outside of Skwentna, AK, a small town with a population of 35. However, instead of a cabin, the troopers found a burned-out husk with "SOS" carved into the snow outside. The above video shows the scene as troopers descended towards Steele, who had been surviving off canned beans and peanut butter.
It turns out that Steele's cabin had burned down in mid-December, and he had been surviving off the remains of his supplies for weeks. With no way to communicate with the outside world, and nearly 20 miles from his nearest neighbor, Steele had been planning to wait for another few weeks and then start the long trek back towards town. Luckily, he didn't have to do so. For more information, see the Alaska Dept. of Public Safety's press release.
At approximately 10:30AM PST this morning, January 17th, 2020, an avalanche occurred near the Subway run at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort near Lake Tahoe, CA. The Placer County Sheriff's Office has announced that one man was killed in the slide, and another was seriously injured. RELATED: Watch a Massive Skier-Triggered Slide on Taylor MountainSearch has been stopped. We believe all victims have been recovered at #AlpineMeadows. pic.twitter.com/gZCBSj8iu2 — Placer Sheriff (@PlacerSheriff)
Last weekend, Hawaii's first (and possibly only) snowfall of the year dropped around two feet of snow atop the Big Island's tallest volcano, Mauna Kea. The snow, which was blown into drifts up to eight feet tall in places, closed public access to the summit, which is normally accessible by road. RELATED: Jackson Hole Smashes January Snowfall Records Luckily, the road has been cleared, and the summit is again open to the public. Those planning on heading up should be aware, however,
Oahu might be the location of a new wake pool park and attraction center like this one. Wikipedia photo. Brian Keaulana, a legend of Hawaiian big wave lore, is looking into developing a 19-acre plot on the western side of Oahu for a new wave pool and surf park. The announcement comes after the Hawaiian Community Development Authority authorized exploration for the project, which would be called the Honokea Surf Village. RELATED: Watch Glacial Surfing in Alaska The development’s wave