While I have been on the subject of snowmobiling and getting stranded in the mountains I thought I would throw out a few scenarios to see what you would do if you were caught in this situation.

Say for example you were snowmobiling by yourself high in the mountains and having a grand old time when all of a sudden you run out of gas or your machine has a major malfunction and it’s starting to get dark (don’t ever do this but let’s just say you were dumb enough like me and did). What would you do?

Option #1
You know for a fact there is a Forest Service cabin up the trail about a mile or so and has a wood stove in it but the trail is fairly steep. Should you head for that cabin?

Option #2
Stay where your at, build a fire, get as comfortable as possible and wait until tomorrow morning when hopefully someone will come looking for you?

Option #3
Start walking out even that you know it’s at least eight miles back to your rig but is mostly down hill?

I would love to read some comments as to what you think would be the best thing to do. Remember this is potentially a life threatening situation so think very seriously about it.


  1. Go for the cabin…

  2. Given that you know the cabin is accessable, I would go with Option #1. If the trail was packed and easy to follow, I think I would also consider #2. If you really hoofed it, you could make it back to the truck fairly quick.

  3. Option #1 depending on how confident I was that I knew exactly where it was at. It would also depend on snow conditions (one mile could be too far in waist deep snow) and how confident I was that I could be found the next day (#2) by someone that knew about where to look for me.

  4. still light out?not dark yet? hit the cabin

  5. I read way too much Jack London in my youth and this, one of his more popular short stories really stuck with me….. I think I’d go for the Forest Service cabin.

  6. Use you cell phone to call someone to come and pick you up. Worked once for me 🙂

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