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Man builds snow cave to survive 2 nights in cold.

Byline: Lindsay Whiehurst

SALT LAKE CITY -- A snowmobiler from Arizona who survived two nights in a remote northern Utah canyon built a snow cave and used pieces of his snowmobile to protect him from the cold.

Lawrence Orduno's snowmobile got stuck Saturday evening after he and a friend were separated while riding in the Franklin Basin area near Logan. He tried to dig the machine out for about 30 minutes.

''It was just too deep in the snow, standing straight up and down,'' Orduno told the Associated Press.

His truck was about 8 miles away, but walking through the chest-deep snow drifts with dark quickly approaching was out of the question.

Orduno accidently left his food behind in the truck that day but had a cigarette lighter. He shaped the snow around him into a cave-like shelter and used the side covers from his snowmobile to help protect him from the wind, then collected wood and built a small fire. He crushed his two frozen bottles of Gatorade to free some ice and stay hydrated, but it wasn't much.

He heard a snowmobile machine go by at one point, but he couldn't flag it down.

Meanwhile, a search party led by the Cache County Sheriff's Office was combing the area for him, but the group was stymied by heavy snow.

Orduno says he started to worry the second night and considered taking more desperate measures, including setting his machine on fire.

But about 10 a.m. the next day, searchers taking a slightly different path spotted him.

Orduno said he's grateful to the dozens of people who joined the search.

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Author:Whiehurst, Lindsay
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Jan 1, 2015
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