Injured Mt. Hood hiker located after text to wife

Mount Hood, file (Courtesy: USGS/Cascades Volcano Observatory, 1985)
Mount Hood, file (Courtesy: USGS/Cascades Volcano Observatory, 1985)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Corvallis hiker who injured himself on Mount Hood was rescued by crews around midnight after sending a text to his wife.

David Anderson, 53, man texted his wife to say he was somewhere near the Pacific Coast Trail.

“Mr. Anderson became disoriented in foggy conditions and advised he had twisted his knee while hiking,” according to a Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office release.

Anderson planned to hike the Pacific Coast Trail from Cascade Locks to Yosemite National Park in California.

Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Adam Phillips said Anderson began his hike in the Cascade Locks area before becoming disoriented in the weather. The 5,000-foot level of Mount Hood was cold and very wet Thursday, fogged by rain and wet snow, said KOIN Meteorologist Bruce Sussman. High temperatures in that portion of the mountain were in the mid-30s.

Anderson was able to get through to 911 on his phone, allowing dispatchers to track his GPS to the Paradise Park shelter.

The man’s cell phone battery had been running low — and rescuers hoped to reach him before the phone went dead.

The search by professionals and volunteers began around 4:10 p.m. Thursday, and he was found about 7:30 p.m. Crews headed there and found Anderson around midnight.

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