Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

How This Aussie Cyclist Stripped off and Sang to Survive Alaskan Ordeal

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

How This Aussie Cyclist Stripped off and Sang to Survive Alaskan Ordeal

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A 53-YEAR-OLD Australian cyclist competing in a winter endurance race got soaked in a stream and lost his way, but survived by stripping off, crawling into his sleeping bag and building snow caves to block chilling wind.

Rescuers on snowmobiles carried Yair Kellner to safety on Saturday, after his four-day ordeal.

Kellner was racing in the 563km Iditarod Trail Invitational from Knik to McGrath. The race began March 1 with 50 participants.

He lost the trail last Tuesday but remained confident he would be found.

"I didn't feel psychologically broken down, I knew what I was doing was the best I could be doing," he told the Anchorage Daily News.

Kellner was last seen near the Finger Lake checkpoint, about 209km into the race. Exhausted after 40 hours of pushing through deep snow with little sleep, he went down a wrong trail and into Red Creek Canyon.

Kellner said he had started to turn his bike around when the snowy ice under him suddenly gave way and he found himself in the creek. …

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