Lost Pacific Crest Trail hiker rescued in Oregon snowstorm

in Local Roundup

SALEM, Ore. — Robert Campbell was thoroughly soaked, shivering, his wet sleeping bag covering him in the only shelter he could find -- a pit toilet in a closed campground -- after getting lost in a snowstorm in Oregon while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

Campbell was saved on Friday by a search team from the local sheriff's department, who found his footprints in the snow. Heavy snow was forecast through Saturday evening in the Cascade Range.

"I really think I owe them my life because ... I couldn't have made it another night. My sleeping bag and tent are just completely soaked and probably ruined and I have no dry clothes," Campbell said from a motel Friday night in Detroit, Oregon. His voice hoarse, he noted there were blue spots on one foot and his toenails were blue.

Continue Reading on The Press Democrat

Tags: