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Tahoe man, 29, is stuck in his camper for a WEEK after getting trapped

Incredible moment snowed-in Tahoe man, 29, is rescued by helicopter after getting stuck in his camper for a WEEK before turning his snowboards into make-shift snowshoes and trekking to find cell service

  • The Sierra County Sheriff’s Office received calls on January 30 about Harland ‘Harley’ Earls being last seen departing Grass Valley on January 24
  • Earls had been traveling to Truckee but had not been heard from since he disappeared 
  • On Januuary 31, Earls called the 911 number at the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and tried to tell them where he was located but the call dropped 
  • Authorities determined that he was calling from Henness Pass Rd. near Alleghany in Sierra County
  • A helicopter dispatched by the California Highway Patrol Air Division located Earls and retrieved him 
  • Earls was in good medical condition and declined medical treatment 

A California snowboarder and his truck were stuck in snow in the Sierra Nevada for a week after his GPS sent him down a wintry road that is only open during the summer.  

The Sierra County Sheriff’s Office shared in a news release that they received calls on Jan. 30 about the missing person who was last seen departing Grass Valley on Jan. 24 at around 6pm.

The missing person – identified by family members as 29-year-old Tahoe resident Harland ‘Harley’ Earls – had been traveling to Truckee but had not been heard from since he disappeared, police shared in the release. 

The Sierra County Sheriff’s Office received calls on Jan. 30 about Harland ‘Harley’ Earls being last seen departing Grass Valley on Jan. 24 at around 6pm

The California Highway Patrol Valley Division Air Operations shared video of them rescuing Earls

The California Highway Patrol Valley Division Air Operations shared video of them rescuing Earls

Earls had been traveling to Truckee but had not been heard from since he disappeared. On Jan. 31, Earls called the 911 number at the Nevada County Sheriff's Office and tried to tell them where he was located but the call dropped

Earls had been traveling to Truckee but had not been heard from since he disappeared. On Jan. 31, Earls called the 911 number at the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and tried to tell them where he was located but the call dropped

Earls family posted numerous social media posts about his disappearance and also assembled search parties to look for the snowboarder, looking along Highway 49 from Nevada County through Yuba County and Sierra County. 

The sheriff’s department was also assisted by a number of local agencies in the search and retrieval of Earls. 

On Jan. 31, Earls called the 911 number at the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and tried to tell them where he was located but the call dropped.

Authorities were able to pinpoint Earls’s location using GPS, however, and determined that he was calling from Henness Pass Rd. near Alleghany in Sierra County.

A helicopter dispatched by the California Highway Patrol Air Division located Earls and retrieved him

A helicopter dispatched by the California Highway Patrol Air Division located Earls and retrieved him

Earl survived the week with winter clothing, a camper and some propane as he stayed in is truck

Earl survived the week with winter clothing, a camper and some propane as he stayed in is truck

Earls took to his on Facebook on Feb. 1 to update his profile photo with a picture of his makeshift shoes that he made from the snowboards

Earls took to his on Facebook on Feb. 1 to update his profile photo with a picture of his makeshift shoes that he made from the snowboards

The sheriff’s department described the area as having ‘received heavy snowfall over the past week’ and said that the road was not assessable by vehicle after a certain point. 

A helicopter dispatched by the California Highway Patrol Air Division located Earls and retrieved him, bringing the man to officers who were waiting for him in Downieville. 

Earls was in good medical condition and declined medical treatment

Earls was in good medical condition and declined medical treatment

Earls was in good medical condition and declined medical treatment, the sheriff’s office shared.     

He took to his on Facebook on Feb. 1 to update his profile photo with a picture of his makeshift shoes that he made from the snowboards. 

When speaking with officers, Earls explained that he decided to travel along Highway 49 to get back to Truckee after learning that Interstate 80 was closed due to snow.  

It was then that Earls’s GPS told him to take Henness Pass Road, which it advised as being the shortest route. As the area gets heavy snowfall because of its location in the mountains, Henness Pass Road is not plowed during the winter months.

Earls got stuck as he traveled up the road, unable to turn his truck around. 

He survived the week with winter clothing, a camper and propane.

When he ran out of provisions, Earls trekked to an area where he found limited cell service to make the 911 call.  

The California Highway Patrol Valley Division Air Operations shared video of them rescuing Earls. They shared that the snowboarder fashioned shoes out of his snowboard to begin his hike and mission for cell service. 

They added that Earls was found on top of a hill.   

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