BEND, Ore. -- An 82-year-old retired doctor from Bend says he really didn't need the helicopter ride that others insisted on when they saw him making his way slowly down Oregon's third-highest mountain. But he went anyway.
On Monday, Robert "Franc" Haynes, a hiker and long-distance runner, was descending after his annual hike to the top of South Sister.
A Forest Service worker says Haynes was exhausted and making less than six-tenths of a mile per hour.
Haynes tells the Bend Bulletin two people told him they wouldn't leave him alone on the mountain.
Haynes had already spent a night there and says he was prepared for another.
But, he says, the younger people weren't, so he got aboard the flight to a hospital.
Doctors checked him out and sent him home.