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Lost hiker to spend night on mountain as rescue suspended

Updated Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 | 4:27 p.m.

A hiker lost in a snowstorm on Mount Charleston this morning has indicated he will be able to make it through the night on the mountain but will need help getting out in the morning, Metro Police said.

Because of the hazardous weather conditions, a Metro search and rescue team has returned to its staging area and will resume the rescue at first light if the man still needs assistance, Metro spokesman Bill Cassell said.

The man and his dog got lost in the Lee Canyon area of Mount Charleston, officials said. Cassell said police received a call at 8:34 a.m. about the situation. The man activated an emergency tracking device, which sent a text message indicating he needed help, Cassell said.

The man and his dog apparently wound up off trail while hiking during a storm expected to dump up to two feet of snow on the mountain, officials said. Authorities have been able to keep tabs on his whereabouts via GPS coordinates from the tracking device, Cassell said.

Metro was working with the Nevada Department of Transportation to clear roadways to reach the location, Cassell said. The rescue mission will be ground-based, given the weather conditions, he said.

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  1. Thank goodness he had one of those fancy cell phones. But seriously - what was this man thinking? Snow was predicted (Hell, we even knew it here in the Midwest!) so why endanger yourself and your dog? Reminds me of the tourists who go hiking on a 100+ degree day in the middle of July at Red Rock and take two 6oz bottles of water with them because they got them for free in the casino.

    I do hope this man and his dog are safe. You don't "F" with Mother Nature.

  2. I do hope he will be ok..but with the weather we have been having today and them giving up the search..unless he can find some kind of shelter to keep the wind (50-60-mph) They are suppose to get up to 14" of snow tonight? I pray; him & his pup make it out ok...

  3. Unlikely he will survive.