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Colorado hiker stranded for 3 days credits tips from Bear Grylls for survival

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WINFIELD, Colo -

A Colorado hiker is lucky to be alive after he spent three nights stranded near the summit of a 14,000 foot peak last weekend. Shuei Kato, 36, was reported missing last Sunday when he didn't come home after hiking up Missouri Mountain. On his way down, he took a wrong turn and ended up four miles off the trail with only a few supplies.

Rescue crews searched from the air and ground, but couldn't find Kato. He told KUSA that he saw the searchers dozens of times over the three days, but had no way to flag them down or get their attention. On Tuesday, Oct. 10, a rescue helicopter spotted Kato thanks to the heat signature from his campfire. 

Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze said that when they found Kato he didn't even need medical help, which was surprising given Kato braved freezing temperatures with only a coat and a couple of candy bars.

Kato said he credits family and responsibilities for his survival, along with the few tips he learned from TV survival expert Bear Grylls.

Kato is reunited with his family and says the experience won't stop him from hiking. But he says he won't do it alone anymore.

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