There, he said, he had the idea of building a snow cave, which he built with a snow shovel to dig a hole in the ground that was about three meters deep, more than three meters wide and about two meters wide Length. He used his hands to build a door with a hole underneath for ventilation and shelves for his belongings. He said the moisture from his breath helped create a protective layer of ice in the cave that kept him warm. As the hours went by, he said he had crouched and steeled himself in the cave for one night.
Robert said he also left the snowmobile in a visible spot on the meadow where rescuers or a helicopter could see it.
The idea for the cave, he said, came from “improvising in the heat of the moment,” and he had also improved his cave builder skills by playing in the snow by his house, which is near 100 Mile House. a sleepy former mill town in British Columbia that was once a fur trading post.
His instinct to build a shelter was made all the more pressing now that he had only half a ham sandwich and feared that his phone, with no signal, would run out of power.
“It took me about two hours to build it,” he said. “I was shaking so I couldn’t sleep. But I was confident that my structure would allow me to survive. I also thought I was going to be saved and was bored rather than scared. “
His mother, Denise Waldner, an accountant from Zurich, Switzerland, said she was overwhelmed with fear because she feared he was in a snowmobile wreck or crashed into a tree. “Next time he’ll have a tarpaulin, a fire starter and a lot more food,” she said in an interview.
At 4 p.m. after the teen’s family found he was missing, they searched for him for two hours before calling the search and rescue team that raced to the snowmobile trail.