Julie Abrahamsen, rescued snowboarder, says she’d go out of bounds again
Jan. 26, 2015
A 21-year old Norwegian woman who spent three nights alone on Blackcomb Mountain after snowboarding out of bounds recalls unwisely wading into freezing water, thinking it would help her move faster to find safety.
“I don’t know what entered my mind. I just did what my instinct told me,” said Julie Abrahamsen.
That’s when things got chaotic, she said, as boot-deep water turned to a rushing river, up to her neck. She had her phone clutched in her mouth as she travelled downstream, with her backpack and snowboard.
“That night was awful, I was soaking wet and freezing,” she said of her third and final night in the wilderness.