Contact Us

Frozen Beer Helps Man Survive Three Days in Alaskan Wilderness

Coors Light Alaska mountain
Coors Brewing Co./David McNew, Getty Images

It is now officially acceptable to add cans of beer to your outdoor survival kit, or it should be, after an Alaska man survived three days in a snow drift eating frozen Coors Light.

On a Monday evening, Clifton Vial of Nome, AK was out exploring an unknown road when his truck ended up in a snow drift. Unfortunately, Vial didn’t have his usual cold weather supplies with him and he was only wearing jeans and a light jacket, so he couldn’t dig himself out.

“I felt really pissed at myself,” Vial said. “I shouldn’t have been out there by myself unprepared for what I knew was possible.”

All he could do was keep himself warm and hope his coworkers would send someone to look for him when he didn’t show up for work. He wrapped his feet in a towel, climbed into a fleece sleeping bag liner and searched for any kind of food in the truck. All he found were three frozen cans of Coors Light. Vial said he cut off the tops and ate the beer like beans out of a can.

On Thursday, rescuers finally found Vial. Tuesday and Wednesday evening temperatures had reached 12 and 17 below zero, but he survived. He was cold and had lost about 16 pounds, but he was alive, awake and had no signs of frostbite.

The lesson here seems like it should be “don’t drive in snowy Alaska alone without a survival kit,” but really is “keep beer in your car and don’t panic.” There may even be a new ad campaign in it for the cold filtered brew: “Beer … crack one open, wait patiently and hope you don’t die.”

[via MSNBC]

More From Oldiez 96.1

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://961wodz.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Oldiez 96.1 Central New York's Greatest Hits quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on Oldiez 96.1 Central New York's Greatest Hits quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!