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Hours Into His Hike, a Text: 'Hey Mom, I Need Your Help'

Joshua McClatchy, missing for 6 days, found dehydrated but alive in Arkansas wilderness

(Newser) - For the second time in a month, a happy ending to a missing hiker story. First 35-year-old Amanda Eller was found relatively unscathed in Maui after vanishing for 16 days. Now those searching for Joshua McClatchy are celebrating in Arkansas after the 37-year-old was found dehydrated but alive Friday night... More »

Helicopter Plucks Climbers Near Mount Rainier Summit

Group was stranded for days

(Newser) - A helicopter crew has rescued four climbers from near the summit of Mount Rainier after they had been stranded on the Cascade Mountain peak in Washington for several days. The National Park Service said in a statement that the climbers were suffering from exposure and were taken to hospitals, the... More »

Search for 2nd Missing Maui Hiker Ends in Tragedy

Body of Noah 'Kekai' Mina discovered below steep ridge near where Amanda Eller was rescued

(Newser) - Heartbreak from the family of a lost hiker in Maui follows jubilation from another . The body of 35-year-old local Noah "Kekai" Mina, missing since May 20, was recovered by a helicopter crew Wednesday in the summit region of Mauna Kahalawai, reports NBC News . That's just 18 miles from... More »

Dad's Tech Savvy Played Role in Hiker's Amazing Rescue

Amanda Eller's father plans to develop software modeled on their successful operation

(Newser) - Amanda Eller is out of the hospital in Maui after her incredible rescue from a dense forest after 16 days, reports Maui Now . The 35-year-old physical therapist and yoga instructor has recounted how she survived on berries and water and never gave up hope after getting lost, then falling off... More »

Lost Hiker 'Had to Choose. I Chose Life'

Amanda Eller talks about her 17-day odyssey lost in Hawaii

(Newser) - Somewhere in the midst of a three-mile hike in Hawaii that turned into a 17-day "fight for her life," as the New York Times puts it, Amanda Eller says that "it came down to life and death—and I had to choose. I chose life," she... More »

16 Days After Vanishing in Maui Forest, an 'Urgent Update'

Amanda Eller, 35, has been found in Maui 'in remarkably good shape'

(Newser) - "URGENT UPDATE!" reads the most recent post on the "Amanda Ellers Missing" Facebook page —and that update is that she's no longer missing. The 35-year-old, who vanished 16 days ago while hiking on Maui's Kahakapao Trail, was found alive, with minor injuries, Friday in... More »

No One Could Find Missing Hiker. Then They Heard Barking

But the story doesn't end well

(Newser) - A Washington state hiker went missing Thursday and might have stayed that way if not for his loyal dog, CNN reports. The Pierce County Sheriff's Dept. says it went looking for a 64-year-old man after his wife reported him missing from their Eatonville-area home. "The missing man reportedly... More »

'Miracles Happen, and This Is a Miracle'

Missing California hikers found safe after 5 days

(Newser) - Two hikers who vanished in snowy Southern California mountains were found safe on Wednesday by rescuers who spent days searching the rugged heights. Gabrielle Wallace, 31, of Rancho Cucamonga and Eric Desplinter, 33, of Chino Hills went missing Saturday in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles, the AP... More »

Yosemite Hike Turns Tragic for Woman Who Ignored Signs

Xuan Wang killed by falling ice and rocks on Mist Trail, which is closed for the winter

(Newser) - A California woman out for a hike in Yosemite National Park was killed Sunday, and National Park Service officials said Monday it's because she went where she wasn't supposed to go. Per the Fresno Bee , 56-year-old Xuan Wang was hit by ice and rock that fell from above... More »

Man Gets Stuck in Quicksand at Zion. Then Real Ordeal Begins

Arizona's Ryan Osmun is 'very lucky to be alive'

(Newser) - Spending 10 hours stuck in quicksand sounds like a rough weekend for anybody. For Arizona's Ryan Osmun, it was just the start. The 34-year-old was hiking with his girlfriend in Utah's Zion National Park on Saturday when the woman's leg got stuck in a creek 4.5... More »

'Bikini Hiker' Freezes After Mountain Fall

Taiwan's Gigi Wu found dead 28 hours after distress call

(Newser) - A Taiwanese woman with an affinity for climbing mountains in bikinis shared a photo on Christmas Eve, showing leg injuries from a fall she said she was lucky to have survived. Gigi Wu wasn't so lucky this time. The 36-year-old "Bikini Hiker" was eight days into a solo... More »

She Couldn't Sleep at Night. Her Worries Saved Hiker's Life

Nancy Abell's 911 call saves German hiker on Pacific Crest Trail

(Newser) - Katharina Groene was near death—wet, dehydrated, showing signs of hypothermia, and eating a ration of one Pop-Tart per day. She was down to the last 200 miles of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail earlier this week when she pulled out her phone and recorded an apology for those... More »

An Intense Search in the Smokies, a Heartbreaking Find

Body of hiker Mitzie Sue Clements discovered a week after she vanished

(Newser) - It's a sad ending to a weeklong search for an Ohio woman who vanished while hiking on the North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the body of 53-year-old Mitzie Sue Clements was found Tuesday afternoon, less than a mile south of... More »

Selfie-Taking Woman Plunges to Her Death in Lake Superior

Tu Thanh Nguyen was hiking alone when she apparently stopped to take a cliff pic

(Newser) - What should have been a day of hiking with awe-inspiring views turned tragic in Michigan Wednesday when a woman fell to her death into Lake Superior. WLUC reports 32-year-old Tu Thanh Nguyen, from Sunnyvale, Calif., was traversing the trails along the cliffs of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore by herself when... More »

Teen Falls Off Yosemite Cliff Attempting a Selfie

Israel's Tomer Frankfurter died after plummeting about 820 feet

(Newser) - A teen visiting from Israel fell to his death at Yosemite National Park Tuesday after it seems he tried to take a selfie near a famous waterfall, the Times of Israel reports. Tomer Frankfurter, 18, who BuzzFeed notes was on a two-month vacation before joining the Israeli military, is believed... More »

River Sweeps Hiker to Her Death in National Park

The victim has been identified as 22-year-old Chinese student Qing Yue

(Newser) - A hiker has been killed in Washington state after being swept away by rushing river waters inside Mount Rainier National Park, per the AP . Park officials on Sunday said the woman was swept away Wednesday while attempting to cross the West Fork of the White River while hiking the Northern... More »

This Funny Photo Led to a Happy Reunion

Stuffed lion 'Kitty' went missing on a remote trail in Oregon, is now back home

(Newser) - A little girl who lost her beloved stuffed lion in the Oregon backcountry was reunited with her favorite toy over the weekend after a community effort. Hiker Holly Spaman ran into 7-year-old Audrianna Flores and her family as they descended Broken Top Trail on July 16 on their way back... More »

She Predicted He Would Kill Her. Then She Fell to Her Death

Stephen Nichols pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide

(Newser) - Rhonda Casto's last words to family members before embarking on a scenic hike with boyfriend Stephen Nichols: "He is either going to give me a ring or throw me off a cliff, ha ha ha." A few hours later she was dead. This week, Nichols was sentenced... More »

Yosemite's El Capitan Claims 2 Highly Experienced Climbers

Men were speed-climbing the Freeblast route, roped together

(Newser) - Officials have identified two climbers who died when they fell from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park on Saturday as 46-year-old Jason Wells of Boulder, Colo., and 42-year-old Tim Klein of Palmdale, Calif. Rangers received multiple 911 calls that two climbers had fallen while speed-climbing the Freeblast Route around 8am,... More »

She Went for a Desert Hike. Then, a Moment of 'Utter Terror'

Claire Nelson survived more than 3 days in Joshua Tree National Park after falling from boulder

(Newser) - For Claire Nelson, her moment of "complete and utter terror" came in the middle of a hike in California's Joshua Tree National Park. Per the BBC , the New Zealand native, who was visiting the US and cat-sitting for friends, headed over to the park on May 22 for... More »

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