January 6, 2013

Lost hikers found in Columbia River Gorge near Nesmith Point

Two hikers from Portland got lost above the snow line on Nesmith Point on Saturday afternoon, prompting a search and rescue operation, according to reports. The two Portland women were found just after midnight.

The husband of one of the hikers reported he received a call from his wife around 3 p.m. Saturday. She told him they were at the top of Nesmith Point and had become disoriented while backtracking after the snow fell, covering both the trail and their footsteps.

Search and rescue crews staged at John B. Yeon State Park hiked uphill to an elevation of 3,800 feet in icy conditions and extreme weather.

The women were experienced hikers and had dressed appropriately for the conditions, packed food and water and stayed put until rescuers arrived.

They were brought down and reunited with friends and family members at about 3:45 a.m. Sunday morning.

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