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Hiker rescued on Mount Hood: It's hot tub time

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ZIGZAG, OR (KPTV) -

An Oregon National Guard helicopter crew spotted a campfire created by a missing hiker on Mount Hood, allowing search and rescue crews to move in and rescue the man and his dog.

Clackamas County deputies first started looking for 71-year-old Gary Tuor on Monday after his wife reported him missing. She told 911 that her husband and his friend, 38-year-old Abel Caba, went hiking at the Devil's Meadow Campground outside of Zig Zag.

Caba and Tuor became separated at some point, and Caba managed to find his way back to the car Monday morning. Tuor's wife arrived at the trailhead about the same time, and she called police around noon Monday.

The helicopter crew saw Tuor's fire hours later, and search crews reached him and his dog Buddy about 9:30 p.m. Tuor is fortunate that weather was mild for Mount Hood at this time of year.

"The weather tonight is ideal. It's not snowing, it's been fairly dry," said Erik Broms, with Portland Mountain Rescue.

Tuor walked himself out to the trailhead and thanked search and rescue teams.

"It was supposed to be a four-hour tour and it turned into two days," Tuor said.

Tuor said that once he realized he was lost that he waited in place for search crews to find him. That decision made all the difference for search teams, who said his campfire served two purposes: it kept him warm and allowed him to be spotted by helicopters.

Tuor said he was eager to get back home and into his hot tub.

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