Stranded Teen Uses Reality TV Skills to Survive

After losing a ski, Jake Denham was stuck on mountain for 9 hours
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2011 12:40 PM CST
A glider is silhouetted against Mount Bachelor as it comes in for a landing in Sunriver, Ore., Friday, Aug. 15, 2008   (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

(Newser) – Reality shows are good for something: Namely, helping a 14-year-old boy survive while stranded in sub-zero temperatures on an Oregon mountain. Jake Denham, who lost a ski on Mount Bachelor on New Year’s Eve, followed ski trails down the mountain and built a snow cave when it got dark. He says he learned those tricks by watching Man vs. Wild and Survivor Man: “I love those shows.” He was found nine hours later, at midnight, ABC News reports. (Click here for more on just how much TV—reality and otherwise—we're watching.)

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