Stranded Snowmachiner Walks Back From Caribou Hills


     A search-and-rescue effort to locate a missing snowmachiner near Caribou Lake was called off Monday when the man was located. Fifty-one-year-old Charles Moore of Homer was reported to be in good condition.

     When word came down Monday morning that Charles Moore had been missing since Sunday after riding his snowmachine out to the Caribou Hills area, the Homer SNOMADS club quickly organized a search-and rescue effort.

     SNOMADS President Steve Parizek put the word out to the club’s members that a search had been organized by Kachemak Emergency Services and Alaska State Troopers. 

     Before the snowmachiners and a Trooper helicopter could rally, however, the good news came back that Moore had walked back from the Caribou Hills under his own power.

     According to Trooper spokesperson Beth Ipsen, Moore's snowmachine had become inoperable Sunday after he struck a tree. Moore made a fire and camped for the night, before hiking to his Homer residence Monday. Ipsen says Moore was cold but otherwise uninjured.

     The SNOMADS club participated in a successful rescue operation January 13th, when 41-year-old Steven Craig was found by a volunteer pilot near Cytex Creek by Ptarmigan Head hill. Craig was first reported missing two days earlier, after he apparently became disoriented while snowmachining in the Caribou Hills area.