A man was found unharmed after walking nearly 50 miles from the Interior Alaska community of Birch Creek to Fort Yukon overnight Monday in sub-zero temperatures.
Lawrence James, 52, was located Tuesday morning just four miles from Fort Yukon. James had been walking for 16 hours. He had made it roughly 46 miles in temperatures lingering around -30 degrees.
“I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, so I just made up my mind and did it,” James said from Fort Yukon Wednesday. One of his cousins had made the trek a few years back, and since then, James had wanted to try it.
“It was a good walk,” James said. “It was good exercise.”
[snip] When the search party met up with him, “He was still going,” Fort Yukon police officer Michael Ivie said. “He was still coherent and walking. He was fine.”
Not terribly surprising; as I've said before, it's all about what a person is accustomed to.
Just an Alaskan taking a little hike. Nothing to see here; move along. :)