Snowshoer from Portland rescued in gorge

Snowshoer from Portland rescued in gorge

Credit: Betsy Steinhart

Snowshoer from Portland rescued in gorge

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by Associated Press and KGW.com Staff

KREM.com

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 9:33 AM

STEVENSON -- A Portland woman was rescued Tuesday after reporting via cellphone that she was stuck on a trail on Dog Mountain in the Columbia Gorge.

Betsy Steinhart, 36, told dispatchers about 1 p.m. that she was near the Dog Mountain and Augspurger Mountain trails at about 3,400 feet, and it was snowing heavily, said undersheriff Dave Cox.

She felt she could not continue safely in either direction.

"I had all the survival gear I needed to endure the weather, but when conditions got worse my tracks had been filled in with blowing snow and I felt it was foolhardy to try and backtrack," Steinhart told KGW. "I hunkered down and waited for help."

Photos: Snowshoer from Portland rescued in the gorge

"I was going to have my husband meet me up there, but Skamania County said that their response time would be much better and offered to hike up and help me out," she added.

A search team was quickly organized and reached her within about three-and-a-half hours. A Coast Guard helicopter was also dispatched but high winds and a low ceiling kept it from participating in the rescue.

A second ground team was dispatched and everyone came out about 9:30 p.m., Cox said. Steinhart was examined but did not require treatment.

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Photos courtesy of Betsy Steinhart.

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