Clifton Vial left his home in Nome, Alaska, in his Toyota Tacoma, and started driving north.On Monday, November 28th, 52-year-old
Forty miles outside of town, Vial's pickup plunged into a snowdrift.
He was stuck.
Vial was wearing tennis shoes, jeans and a cheap jacket. His survival kit, usually packed in the truck, wasn't there. He was stranded with just a sleeping bag liner. He was without extra gasoline, food, or a water supply. His cellphone had zero reception.
And digging himself out of the snowbank wasn't an option:
"I made an attempt at digging myself out and realized how badly I was stuck," he told the Anchorage Daily News. "I would have been frostbit before I ever got the thing out of there."
He wrapped a towel around his legs, occasionally turned on the truck for quick bursts of heat and a welcome silence-interruption from the radio, and waited for someone to discover he was missing.
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