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Air 1 locates lost hiker on Mt. Spokane

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Spokane County Sheriff’s Air 1 successfully located a lost hiker early Tuesday morning on Mt. Spokane.

An adult male went hiking Monday, starting off in the area of Selkirk Lodge and eventually lost his bearings and became lost as it got darker. He attempted calling 911, but had spotty service and a low battery, continually dropping his calls and location coordinates.

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue and Air 1 were requested to respond as the hiker was in a heavily treed area to search with rugged terrain.

Air 1 located the male in a ravine early Tuesday morning walking along a logging road. Air 1 crews guided a Search & Rescue deputy to his location and provided him food and water. He was transported out of the back-country and medically cleared after what was ultimately an all-night, 18-mile hike.

Search & Rescue reminds hikers the following tips:

1. Call for help when you know you’re lost, before it’s dark.
2. No one ever expects to get lost; bring clothing and supplies with you: food, water, warm clothing, cellphone, compass, GPS and a flashlight/strobe light should be carried as a precaution, even on a short hike.
3. If you do have a cellphone, put it in “Airplane” mode to conserve your battery. As you leave good cell phone coverage, your cell phone will expend a lot of power as it continually searches for a connection. 
4. Bring a map of where you’re hiking; know where you are as you’re enjoying our beautiful parks and wilderness. In addition to possibly helping you find your way back if you get lost, making notes along the way can be used when planning hikes in the future.

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