Rescued Hiker Describes Ordeal

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — Against all odds, an injured hiker who got lost in the snow on Mount Hood survived his ordeal and is now telling his story.

David Anderson had set out on a daring mission to hike from Cascade Locks in the Columbia Gorge all the way to the Mexican border. But his journey was cut short on Thursday night when his GPS led him off-course.

“I’m supposed to hit this zig-zag loop,” says Anderson. “I go southwest and all it is is a three-thousand-foot drop, and I’m like, ‘Something is terribly wrong.'”

Stuck in harsh conditions with a twisted knee and a dying cell phone, he realized that he may not make it out of the situation alive.

“It’s more like I’ve accepted that the odds were really sort of against me,” he says. “Not much scared, but more like I won’t survive a couple days.”

So he emailed his wife and waited for help. As the weather got worse, Anderson worried that the search for him might be called off. But just as he was about to give up hope, crews pinpointed his location from his cell phone coordinates.

Anderson says that despite his ordeal, the photos he snapped were worth the risk and he won’t stop hiking any time soon.


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  1. Dave says:

    He needs to pay, and pay now, the expenses incurred in saving him. There are way too many of these “feel good” stories about “rescues” when people put themselves in the position voluntarily and pay cash for all the trouble (and possible life-threatening rescue) they cause.

    1. Gregory Anson, USN,Ret. says:

      I couldn’t agree more. These people, who put themselves and others, those rescuers who often give all they can, should be adjudicated to pay for the actual rescue and all of the “incidental” cost(s) involved in the rescue. They should also have to pay a “fee” to cover the cost of making them have a transponder, or anything else that will identify where they are, at any time, as in “always”.

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