A 22-year-old hiker was rescued Thursday after being stranded on a steep slope at 9,000 feet in Madera County mountains, the California National Guard said Saturday.
The hiker, who was not identified, became disoriented Wednesday in the area of Mammoth Mountain and slept outside without proper provisions in an area blanketed with heavy snow.
The California Military Department received a request for assistance from the California Office of Emergency Services and the Madera County Sheriff’s Office about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
Helicopters searched for the hiker but did not find him immediately.
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Rescuers spotted the hiker after receiving a call from the hiker via the Sheriff’s Office.
The hiker was found west of Devil’s Postpile National Monument around 4:30 p.m. on a steep slope with 100-foot trees, which prevented a safe landing.
Rescuers lowered a hoist to the hiker and lifted him into the helicopter, then flew to nearby Mammoth Yosemite Airport.