Friday, July 07, 2006

Missing hiker found

Rescuers found a 57-year-old man who had been missing since Monday. The message to share: Kerry Garcia of Albuquerque was prepared with emergency gear and had left map coordinates of where he was preparing to go.

Garcia was suffering from exposure, sunburn and dehydration when he was found Thursday in a remote area in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, according to the AP. He was last seen Monday morning at the Avalanche Creek campground, sheriff's officials said.

Garcia, who was searching for hunting spots for a future trip, got stuck in the cliffs above a tributary of Avalanche Creek, where he could neither climb or go back down the way he came.

Again, the message to take home: He had emergency gear and searchers knew where to look for him because he'd shared that information.

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