First of all I'd like to thank everyone for not passing judgment before I got to post the facts. Everybody makes mistakes, including Tom. He missed a Chevron sign himself and blew off the trail 3 days after this incident. It happens. The decision was made to turn around; I would never, ever go on a recon mission 30 seconds after the decision was made by both of us to turn around. Tom's sled was never buried. I was leading with a 121 track. He should have been leading with his 144, but that's my opinion. My snowmobile will not move in 4' - 6' of powder as Tom said the Scandic did. From where I went off trail is 30 feet, not 30 yards as Tom stated that he would have to walk. Also, by looking at the picture, anyone can tell that it's not a 35 - 40 percent grade. Plus you can see that it's about 300 feet not 250 - 300 yards as Tom stated. If he would have walked that 30 feet of powder, he would have saw me, but that didn't happen. I understand that Tom has asthma and the best thing for him to do is turn tail and run for help, which he did and I am grateful. I just wanted to state the facts and correct the inaccuracies of this thread and do a followup on my 2-1/2 hr. experience waiting for help.