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Recovering Mount Hood hiker suffered frostbite

The Columbian
Published: March 31, 2013, 5:00pm

PORTLAND — Mary Owen is recovering at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland from injuries she suffered while lost for nearly a week in the snow on Mount Hood.

The 23-year-old George Fox University student told The Oregonian that she hopes she doesn’t lose toes to frostbite.

Owen had planned to climb the mountain with friends, but when those plans fell through March 24 she set out alone. She was caught in a whiteout near the summit, became lost on the way down and fell about 40 feet, injuring a leg.

She made a hollow in the snow to wait for help. She melted snow in a water bottle and survived on snack bars, crackers and ramen noodles.

She was spotted Saturday by an Oregon National Guard search helicopter.