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Missing man on long-distance hike rescued by search crews

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Search crews located a missing man on a long-distance hike Thursday night near Mount Hood.

David Anderson, 53, of Corvallis was found at 7:30 p.m. near the Paradise Park shelter on the Paradise Park trail.

He contacted his wife late Thursday morning saying he needed help after twisting his knee. Deputies said he was disoriented and had a charger for his electronic mapping system that relies on solar power. Foggy conditions prevented it from working, they said.

Deputies said Anderson intended on hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Cascade Locks to Yosemite National Park in California. Thursday was his 11th day on the trail.

Crews were able to use GPS coordinates from Anderson's cell phone to help locate him, investigators said. He was found around the 5,800-foot level.

"Mr. Anderson did do a couple of things well," said Clackamas County Sheriff's Lt. Adam Phillips. "He was well-prepared. He had a communication device. He was able to tell us right where he was within a relatively short radius. And then he has the right equipment."

Deputies said Anderson is an experienced hiker. He was walking on his own power when they found him, they said.

 A total of 25 search-and-rescue volunteers responded to assist in the rescue operation Thursday. Emergency dispatchers brought Anderson down the mountain around midnight.

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