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Hiker Rescued After 3 Weeks in Escalante Cyn
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“the article itself is garbage. Escalante Canyon is one of the more lush and overgrown canyons I've been to, with nonstop water and shade... however, this dude spent three weeks wandering the canyon after trying to walk from the Hwy 12 bridge some 80+ miles to Lake Foul. Given the amount of people I've seen back there on my trips, the only way he wasn't "found" by another hiker in all that time is if he didn't want to be found... still, though I can think of far less friendly places to get lost, this certainly could have easily not endewd well. Good to hear a fellow 'packer is going home safe...
Too weak to stand or walk, William M. LaFever sat in a shallow river bed in the south Utah desert, awaiting rescue that came more than a month after his family last heard from him.
Thursday afternoon, a helicopter flying in the Escalante River gorge spied the bearded LaFever, 28, who had lost 50 pounds and eaten frogs and roots in his desperate effort to stay alive during his walk from a Utah city to Page, Arizona.
"We came around the corner and we were pretty amazed to see him alive and sitting up," Shane Oldfield, a Utah Highway Patrol helicopter pilot assisting the Garfield County Sheriff's Office, told CNN Friday.
LaFever was hospitalized Friday in St. George, Utah, in stable condition, said Becki Bronson, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office. Family members told a deputy that he has autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder, she said.”
“Awesome! Sounds like the trip of a lifetime!
Good one pepsi”
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