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Lost hiker and his dog found in steep gorge ravine

A Milwaukie man became disoriented after following an unmarked trail


Search and rescuers found a lost hiker and his dog around 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 12, after the two wandered up an unmarked trail near Angel's Rest in the Columbia River Gorge and got stuck in a steep ravine.

Rescuers eventually were able to navigate the hill and escort Simon Kaine, 25, and his dog, Kota, back down to the trailhead, said Lt. Steve Alexander, spokesman at the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

The Milwaukie man was out of food and water and without emergency supplies when authorities first spoke with Kaine earlier that afternoon on his cellphone around 2 p.m.

Other than being extremely thirsty and tired, the two were good spirits and suffered no injuries, Alexander said.

After he was reunited with his family, Kaine told authorities he had left his car at the overflow parking lot near the Angel's Rest trailhead, and with his dog followed a path he had seen near the road.

Kaine said he was not really planning for a hike, but the pair wandered farther into the forest.

They were following a creek bed before deciding to turn back. That's when they became turned around.

Kaine called his mother to let someone know where he was. Then he tried to work his way out of the ravine for about an hour before he called 9-1-1 to ask for help.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the area of the lost hiker around 2 p.m.

Deputies asked Kaine to stay put and were able to track his location through his cellphone.

Because the area they believed the lost hiker to be in was so far off established trails, deputies decided not to send in the Sheriff's Trail Hornet Rescue Team, but search and rescue teams instead.

The search began at 5:30 p.m.

Authorities stayed in contact with Kaine through his cellphone.

The first rescue team eventually reached the man and his dog, and were met by a second team.

Alexander said it was a good thing Kaine called for help earlier in the afternoon, rather than waiting or trying to find his way back as night approached.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office reminds anyone inclined to a hike in the Columbia Gorge to carry a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, extra clothing, fire starter, knife, first aid kit and signaling device.

A GPS system and a cell phone with extra battery are also a good idea, Alexander said.




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