Missing skier walks 8 miles down Mt. Spokane to safety

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by Spokane County Sheriff's Office

KREM.com

Posted on December 12, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 13 at 12:24 PM

SPOKANE -- A local skier spent 22 hours in 20 degree weather trying to get down Mt. Spokane to safety.

Wayne Schuh, 66, started skiing off a trail Saturday morning and became disoriented.  He called a friend about 10:20 a.m. and described the area.  The Ski Patrol and Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies then mounted a search effort until heavy snow set in Saturday night.  They found his vehicle near Lodge One, but no sign of Schuh.  He was hiking down the mountain and eventually spotted a home off of Blanchard Creek Rd. at about 8:30 Sunday morning.   

Deputies tell KREM 2 News Schuh was cold and wet, but declined medical treatment.

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