Sheriff: Lost hikers burned trailhead sign to stay warm
SALEM, Ore. - Two Eugene men who got lost in the wood burned a trailhead sign to stay warm as temperatures dropped to 20F, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.
Alex Solomon, 20, and Tyde Kaneshiro, 21, called 911 around 5 p.m. Sunday to report they were lost somewhere near Mount Jefferson.
The men told dispatchers that they were wearing inadequate clothing for the conditions and carrying no supplies.
The sheriff's office used the cell phone call to obtain GPS coordinates.
Rescuers hiked more than 13 miles roundtrip in the dark over uneven and icy terrain to reach the men at the Triangulation Peak trailhead.
The men had burned the trailhead sign to stay warm, the sheriff's office said.
The men and their rescuers hiked back out, reaching their vehicles by 6:30 a.m.
The Sheriff's Office said hikers should dress for the conditions and always be prepared for at least one over night stay when hiking in the wilderness.