Hiker missing on Mount Hood walks out safe

Hiker missing on Mount Hood walks out safe

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Posted on June 13, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 14 at 9:14 AM

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. -- A man who was injured and became lost while hiking on Mt. Hood was able to walk off the mountain with rescuers late Thursday evening.

"These guys are fantastic," said 53-year-old David Anderson of the search and rescue crews afterward. "They're very good natured about it. And none of them called me an idiot like they should have."

Anderson 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 11 p.m. 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 assisted Clackamas County search and rescue teams.

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