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Hiker Drags Himself for 2 Days After Waterfall Plummet

Considering everything that went wrong, Neil Parker is lucky to be alive

(Newser) - "This is not a nice way to die." That was all Neil Parker could think as he dragged himself along the ground on Australia's Mount Nebo after getting injured during a weekend hike. Luckily, the 54-year-old lived to tell the tale of his two-day ordeal, which began... More »

He Lived the Hiking Dream. The Real Story Was Sadder

'Outside' explores the fascinating life of Appalachian Trail thru-hiker 'Baltimore Jack'

(Newser) - Some people hope to hike the Appalachian Trail once in their lifetime. Adam Tarlin—better known by his trail name of "Baltimore Jack"—did it seven times. His hiking secret? Tarlin essentially lived on the trail year-round, from 1995 until his death in 2016 at age 57, explains... More »

Stranded Family Rescued Thanks to Message in Bottle

They were trapped at top of 40-foot waterfall

(Newser) - When he became stranded at the top of a waterfall with his girlfriend and 13-year-old son, a California man used a message in a bottle to ask for help—and it worked within hours. The trio had been hiking and inner tubing down the Arroyo Seco river in central California... More »

Escaped Yaks Charge Massachusetts Hiker

Cops manage to corral the 3 animals

(Newser) - A hiker in western Massachusetts encountered a hazard more commonly associated with the Himalayas: aggressive yaks. Police say the three animals, who had escaped from a private owner a few days earlier, charged and chased the hiker Wednesday in the Bear Hole Reservoir hiking area near West Springfield, the New ... More »

He Feared Wife Was Abducted From Campsite, Wasn't Far Off

Sheryl Powell says man armed with a knife came up to her and threatened her

(Newser) - "The only plausible explanation in my opinion is she was abducted," said a California man after his 60-year-old wife vanished from their campsite Friday when he briefly left to move their vehicle. Sheryl Powell was found alive in the Inyo National Forest four days later, and Joe Powell'... More »

73-Year-Old Hiker Found After a Week

Eugene Jo is said to be in good condition, was airlifted to a hospital in Southern California

(Newser) - An improbable rescue took place Saturday, with the rescue of 73-year-old Eugene Jo, reports the San Jose Mercury News . "Search team reports that they have found 73 year old Mr Jo, after a week in the wilderness, he is alive!" tweeted the Montrose Search and Rescue Team, per... More »

Rescued Hiker, 80, May Have to Foot the Bill

Officials say he didn't have the right gear for Mt. Washington

(Newser) - An 80-year-old hiker who was rescued trying to reach the summit of Mount Washington could end up footing the bill for the emergency services, New Hampshire officials said Tuesday, amid efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of the popular tourist destination. Authorities may even file criminal charges in the... More »

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 »

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