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.
Campbell, a native of the Philadelphia area, started hiking the famed Pacific Crest Trail on the U.S.-Mexican border on May 4, determined to make it all the way to the other end, on the Canadian border, 2,650 miles (4,265…
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