PCT thru-hiker Robert Campbell was discovered by a search group on Friday, October 18, following becoming lost in a snowstorm. He had taken shelter in a pit toilet at an unoccupied, unmanned campground and his sleeping bag, gear, and tent had been soaked by means of. The forecast continued to contact for heavy snow by means of the Cascades.
Campbell stated that he didn’t consider he would have created it an additional evening. “My sleeping bag and tent are just absolutely soaked and likely ruined and I have no dry garments,” Campbell mentioned from a motel Friday evening. Campbell had struggled for quite a few days following becoming disoriented on Wednesday evening in the snow. The early-season storm created visibility difficult and footing treacherous. Immediately after becoming briefly trapped in a rock pile and with out his GPS app functioning, he attempted to get in touch with 911 but was unable to get the contact by means of.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Workplace did send out a search and rescue group as Campbell discovered the campground and took shelter in the pit toilet. His footprints had been discovered Friday afternoon by the search group.
Campbell has mentioned he is going to continue his hike to Canada.
This rescue comes just quite a few weeks following the PCTA announced an update to their permitting policies, which invalidate the PCT interagency permit (identified as the “Golden Ticket”) if PCT thru-hikers flip-flop about the Sierra, regardless of snowpack or other potentially hazardous circumstances.
Featured image through Zach Davis
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