Did you hear about the man from Uraguay who was rescued from the Andes Mountains? He had survived for four months on mostly raisins and sugar. You may read about it here. I remember reading that it was purely by chance that he was found, there were officials there recording the amount of snowfall when they found him. This reminded me of a couple of books that I wonder if you have read...
"Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors" by Piers Paul Read is a book about the young rugby team from Uruguay who crashed in the snowy Andes Mountains on Oct. 12, 1972. You might have seen the movie made about this, with Ethan Hawke in one of the starring roles. Now, if you have not read the book, I recommend it. Out of the 45 passengers and crew on board the aircraft, only 16 survived, and due to the harsh conditions, it is because of cannibalism that they were able to survive. The British author, Piers Paul Read, interviewed the survivors and wrote this book not long after the rescue.
"Miracle In The Andes: 72 Days On the Mountain And My Long Trek Home:
If you have seen the movie, "Alive: Miracle In The Andes", and you admired the leadership and determination of Nando Parrado (portrayed by Ethan Hawke in the movie), then you should read this book by Nando Parrado, co-written with Vince Rause. In the first book, by Piers Paul Read, the emphasis is on the shared Catholic faith of those aboard the flight. In the second book, while trying to keep a very respectful tone, Nando Parrado makes it clear that it was the thought of keeping himself alive that was the driving force behind his will to make it out, having already lost his mother and sister in the crash, he could not bear the thought of his father losing everyone in the family.
One thing I must tell you, someone loaned me a paperback copy of "Alive" by Piers Paul Read during the weekend of March 12, 1993, and it just so happened that that was the weekend of the "Storm of the Century" when we had almost blizzard like conditions in Georgia. I remember that the wind had driven pine needles into the snow so deeply, it looked bizarre, I had never seen anything like it, before or since. This was the kind of snowy weather that we experienced for the two days that I read this book. To hear the fierce wind blowing and to look out and see the sudden swift snowfall made the book even more real for me.
These snowy photos are from the Monastery after one of the most beautiful snows we have ever had in Conyers, from Feb. 13, 2010.