Winter Survivor Tells His Story

Wally Fosmore was out snowshoeing when he got lost overnight in a snow squall. He credits his survival to keeping a calm head and being ready to be self-sufficient.
1:22 | 01/01/17

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We want to turn next to an incredible story of survival. A man lost on a hike spending more than 30 hours in the snow. The key to his survival right there in his pocket it turns out for decades. ABC's Adrienne Bankert has more. Reporter: Lost in the middle of nowhere, wally fosmore finding himself miles from help while snow shoeing near levinsworth, Washington this year, using his cell phone to record his track. A snow squall blew in and visibility went to zero and I made a wrong turn. Reporter: The clock ticking, temperatures plummeting to the low 20s. The 60-year-old hiking in snow almost as deep as he is tall. At night fall, fosmore relying on his experience as a search and rescue volunteer three decades earlier and a list of ten wilderness essentials, typed on a small note card, supplies he say saved his life. My main job was just to keep the little tiny fire going. Reporter: Protected between two trees, he waited for the snow and wind to subside. He hiked out to attempt to get cell phone reception and was able to reach his son who called rescuers. Fosmore using a whistle to get the first responder's attention with a lesson for other adventure seekers. Take what you need and be ready to be self-sufficient. Reporter: Reunited with wife melody and the rest of his family in time to celebrate the new year. Adrienne Bankert, ABC news, Dallas, Texas.

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