Lost hiker rescued early Saturday near Mt. Adams

By Paul Suarez, Columbian web producer

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Updated: August 15, 2011, 8:03 PM

 

Skamania County Sheriff’s Office deputies and a Wind River Search and Rescue team early Saturday found a lost hiker who was stuck near Lemei Lake in the Indian Heaven Wilderness Area near Mount Adams.

Portland resident Stephen Funk, 42, was found by a team around 3:40 a.m.

Funk, who had initially set out for a day hike, first reported being lost late Friday afternoon when he called a friend with his cellphone and said he had lost his trail because of the snow and didn’t know how to find a way back.

Funk was found near Forest Road 24 after he reported he could see a road from his location. A team from Wind River Search and Rescue was called into the field around 9:30 p.m. Friday. The team found Funk and returned to the search base around 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

Funk was fortunate to have a cellphone he could use to stay in contact with rescue workers, Skamania County Sheriff Dave Brown said.

“There is no substitute for a map and compass when venturing out into the wilderness and it is always a good idea to expect the unexpected, as in this case,” Brown said in a release. “Up until last week, there were some roads that were still impassable due to snow drifts in the Mount Adams area.”

Hikers should be prepared for snow when hiking in wilderness areas, especially the Pacific Crest Trail and other trails above 4,500 feet, Brown said. Some snow may remain on the trails into late August and early September.