Snowmobiler handles night on the pass |

Snowmobiler handles night on the pass

Steamboat Today

— A snowmobiling tourist lost overnight on Rabbit Ears pass walked unharmed into a camp of his searchers Thursday.

Jason Holley, 20, was last seen at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday while on a venture with Steamboat Snowmobile Tours, said Sgt. Bill Elder of the Routt County Sheriff's office.

Routt County Search and Rescue was paged at 9:30 p.m., and between it and the sheriff's office nearly 20 searchers began to look for him. Elder said.

Search crews actively patrolled the vicinity until approximately 3 a.m., he said. For daybreak, they had scheduled a helicopter search from warren Air force base, but high winds prevented it from beginning the search, he said.

Holley, of palmer, Texas, kept his wits about him, Elder said. He tore down some pine branches and made a bed, and was wearing adequate clothes to protect him against the cold.

Relatively warm temperatures didn't hurt either. "If you had to spend the night out, it was a good night to do it," Elder said.

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Holley spent the night near the Walton Creek radio towers, and around 8:15 a.m. walked to a road which led to the cabin for Steamboat Snowmobile Tours.

He was uninjured, and was expected to fly home Thursday night.

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