Hiker missing on Mount Hood walks out safe

Hiker missing on Mount Hood walks out safe

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Hiker missing on Mount Hood walks out safe

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by KGW Staff

KREM.com

Posted on June 14, 2013 at 8:05 AM

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. -- A man who was injured and became lost while hiking on Mt. Hood  is out of the woods.  Rescue crews walked with the man down off the mountain late Thursday evening.

David Anderson, 53, of Corvallis, was on the 11th day of a Pacific Crest Trail hike, according to Lt. Adam Phillips of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

Anderson texted his wife late Thursday morning to say his GPS was not working and his cell phone battery was low, Phillips said.

"Anderson became disoriented in foggy conditions and said he had twisted his knee while hiking," Phillips said. "He told sheriff's office personnel that he was in need of assistance to get out of the area."

Anderson walked out on his own and made it to the command post by 11pm Thursday night.  Crews helped carry his gear out.  He was reported to be in good spirits but said he was worried while up there that he might not make it out.

Volunteers from Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue and Mountain Wave Communications were at the scene to assist Clackamas County search and rescue teams.

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