A hiker was rescued Friday after two days trying to make his way down Nevada’s tallest mountain, Boundary Peak.
The 54-year-old hiker from Glencoe, Ill., called 911 for help on June 12 when he became stranded on a vertical edge on the wrong side of the peak. He told dispatchers that he thought he could climb off the ledge and back up the mountain.
Through communication with Esmeralda County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, he stated he had climbed about 1000 feet and “thought” he knew where he was. He was advised to go east into Trail Canyon, back to his car, when he was able to get back to the ridge top.
The next morning, after it was learned that the hiker had not returned to his vehicle, Esmeralda County started a search and rescue effort, with the help of Mono County, and two U.S. Air Force helicopters from Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, a California Highway Patrol helicopter, a quadrunner team from Mineral County, and ground teams from Mineral and Mono counties.
Mono County spokeswoman Jennifer Hansen said that searchers looked for the hiker without success, until 11 a.m. Friday when aircrews in the two Nellis helicopters spotted the hiker walking down the mountainside.
A flight medic was lowered to the hiker to begin medical treatment. They were airlifted out to where the hiker was then flown to Southern Inyo Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and dehydration.