Bay Area man lost for several hours at Sierra
December 9, 2003
An 18-year-old Pacifica man had to be rescued from snowy weather conditions and low temperatures after he became lost for 10 hours on Sunday while snowboarding at Sierra-at-Tahoe, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said.
Ryan Stack became lost in the West Bowl area of the resort. He became separated from his friends and wandered out of bounds toward Sayles Canyon, the deputy said.
El Dorado County sheriff’s dispatch received the call at 5:36 p.m. A high-priority search was enacted. The Sierra-at-Tahoe ski patrol, Placer County Sheriff’s Office Nordic Team and California Highway Patrol assisted in the search.
Stack was found in good condition at 3:30 a.m.
“He was a lot better off than we believed,” said Deputy Greg Almos about the first winter rescue of the year. “He tried to sleep two or three times, but he got too cold so he kept walking.”
Stack was checked out by medics, had good blood pressure and didn’t want to go to the hospital, Almos said.
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“A great ending because it was really cold,” Almos said. “It wasn’t that cold in the beginning because it was snowing but when it cleared out it was 15 to 12 degrees.”