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I'm working on a survival story and want to make it authentic. If you were stranded on a mountain trying to get down as fast as possible, what would you do?

EDIT: What if this was after a plane crash on a desolate snowy mountain? Would it be possible to fashion some kind of combination from debris and nature to propel down the mountain?

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    Do you have any equipment with you? If you do, I'd add to the answer of @helm (with which I agree): (1) sit on your foam sleeping pad; and (2) use a hiking stick to help slow you down. – ab2 ReinstateMonicaNow Sep 29 at 0:10
  • Can you add more details about the mountain, the place where your character is stranded, tools at hand and the path to eventual safety? Building a pair of skis might be somewhat plausible for someone stuck in a cabin and some time to spend. Outside, above the treeline however... no. – Guran Sep 30 at 5:41
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    This question should be on World building, not here. – Gabriel C. Sep 30 at 12:55
  • @GabrielC. You are welcome to bring it up on meta, but the consensus the last time this was brought up is that these types of questions are on topic – Reinstate Monica Sep 30 at 19:23
  • your story sounds similar to the game = The Long Dark – Nigel Fds Oct 4 at 7:04
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From your heading I gather the mountain in your story is covered in snow.

If the slope allows it, then I'd skid down on my behind. Grab something like a suitably formed stone to be able to perform a self-arrest. Any kind of skis you could expect to build up there would perform far worse.

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The technique @helm recommends is (at least in this neck of the woods) called a "Glissade". It is essentially "a method of descending a steep snow-covered slope via a controlled slide on one's feet or buttocks". I have heard of people using other items to assist in a glissade by using them as a sort of sled, a backpack or as in Ed Abbey's Desert Solitaire; a large flat rock.

If I were you I would spend some time googling this term as it is a more realistic way to quickly improvise ones way off a mountain, rather than taking the time to attempt to fashion proper skis.

Now, depending on the type of story you're writing, you could have your character just strap a couple felled logs to their feet at let fly! AKA Paul Bunyan.

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