Groundhog Lake, Barkerville, BC – January 2001
I was 15 at the time and had just gotten a Tracker avalanche transceiver for Christmas. Jesse got stuck high marking.
Highmarking or High-Marking is a popular activity performed by snowmobilers in mountainous terrain, where the snowmobile operator tries to ride as far up a steep mountain slope as possible, then turn around and come back down the hill without getting stuck, rolling the snowmobile or losing power.
When Tyler went up to help him, the whole hill came down. Jesse was buried almost five feet deep and was unconscious when we found him. If it weren’t for that beacon, Jesse would be dead. Every backcountry sledder should wear a avalanche beacon and know how to use it.