Missing Snowshoer Found Near Stevens Pass - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Authorities Trying To Decide How To Rescue Stuck Hiker

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - The Chelan County sheriff's office is deciding how to rescue a snowshoe hiker stuck on rocks and threatened by avalanches near Stevens Pass in Washington's North Cascades.

Lt. Maria Agnew says if Ezra Thompson can't be hoisted to a helicopter, rescuers will have to rope into his position.

A search helicopter spotted him Thursday morning at about the 6,700-foot elevation in the Spider Gap area about 25 miles west of Leavenworth. Agnew says he waved and appears to be in good
condition.

The 21-year-old from Paynesville, Minn., left the Nason Creek trailhead on May 25 and was expected Tuesday at Holden Village, a church camp where he had volunteered to clear trails.

Agnew says Thompson appears to have done everything right  except use good judgment to get there.
      

   

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