Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Man survives 3 days in wilderness

Express Staff Writer

A 31-year-old man relocating from New York to the Wood River Valley survived an epic challenge in the wilderness northeast of Sun Valley earlier this month.

Todd Peebler's adventure started while he was driving the last leg of his trip to the valley on April 2 in preparation to start a new job in Ketchum. Following the prompts of his GPS unit, he drove his Audi A6 from Mackay toward Trail Creek Summit, not knowing the sometimes-treacherous road is closed in winter. Disoriented from a medical condition, Peebler drove toward Trail Creek Summit and eventually his vehicle got stuck in deep snow.

Without food or water, he and his dog started a lengthy trek through deep snow and cold water toward the summit and onward toward Sun Valley, some 23 miles away. On April 4, Peebler and his pet miniature pinscher were discovered by valley resident Maria Corbit and he was later transported to St. Luke's Wood River by ambulance.

To read Peebler's first-hand account of his ordeal click here.

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