SAR - Located Missing Hikers

Date: 6/5/2013

SAR - Located Missing Hikers

Search - Located Missing Hikers

George Lake – Mt. Washington Area

 

BY: Deputy Liam Klatt

       Special Services Deputy

      Assistant SAR Coordinator

 

HIKERS:

Glen Baxendale

74 year old male

Eugene, OR

 

Jerry Krause

69 year old male

Eugene, OR

 

On 06/05/13, at approximately 0807 hours, Deschutes County 911 received a report through Lane County Dispatch of 2 missing hikers near George Lake, which sits at the base of Mt. Washington.

All attempts to reach either hiker by cell phone were unsuccessful.  Due to the poor cell reception in the area, attempts to get GPS coordinates through cell phone providers yielded less than optimal results.

The hikers had started out near Dugout Lake and were heading to George Lake.  The pair intended to camp at the lake and do some fishing. 

As they were hiking, the trail they were following became progressively harder to follow due to extensive blow down (downed trees) in the area.  They decided they could make better time by bush whacking their way to the lake.  Once off the trail, they eventually became separated on their way to the lake.   

Krause was able to back track his way down towards their vehicle before nightfall but was unable to locate Baxendale.  Krause continued to search for Baxendale into the night and became disoriented himself.  Both hikers spent the night outdoors.

In the morning, Krause spoke with his wife, by cell phone, and told her about their situation.  She then called Lane County Dispatch to report the incident.

Twenty-seven Deschutes County Search and Rescue volunteers and 2 Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Special Services Deputies responded to the call for assistance. 

Baxendale was located on a Forest Service Road less than a half mile from where their car was located.  Baxendale had become disoriented while descending back to the car but other than being very tired was doing fine.

Krause was located by a Search and Rescue team near the base of Cache Mountain, approximately eight miles away from their vehicle.  Krause was very tired but otherwise was doing well. 

 

The hikers were reunited without further incident.

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind those who travel in the backcountry to be prepared for the unexpected and unplanned.  To carry appropriate equipment, supplies and to familiarize themselves with the area they are going to be traveling in.

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