Slow Ore. hiker says he didn't need chopper rescue

Slow Ore. hiker says he didn't need chopper rescue

Slow Ore. hiker says he didn't need chopper rescue

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by Associated Press

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Posted on September 13, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 13 at 2:16 PM

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.

Background: 'Unusually slow' hiker, 82, flown off South Sister

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