LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A hiker and his dog are safe Friday afternoon after being stranded in the snow and cold on Mount Charleston overnight. Metro's Search and Rescue Team found the pair Friday morning and airlifted them off the mountain.
Greg Rudowsky forgot to check the weather report before he and his dog headed up the Bonanza Trail on Mount Charleston on Wednesday. They strayed from the trail and the winter storm trapped them at 9,600 feet. But his GPS transmitter led rescuers to his location this morning.
"Last night, when it was four feet of snow instead of two feet of snow, I thought it'd be really hard for us to get out if these guys didn't come in," said Rudowsky.
Rudowsky reported he needed help at 8:30 Thursday morning through a GPS device. He was able to text his wife and the search and rescue team to let them know he and his dog Tiki were ok.
Rescuers still spent all day trudging through the snow looking for him and came within two and a half miles before calling the search off. Once the clouds cleared, they powered up the helicopter and pulled Rudowsky and Tiki to safety.
"He was actually in the best shape somebody could be in those kind of conditions. He had the proper equipment, he had the proper mindset to stay with his tent and his equipment and rely on the locator that he had that we were coming for him," said Metro Search and Rescue Officer Jim Rogan.
Rudowsky lives in Alberta, Canada and is an experienced hiker. He has walked several trails at Mount Charleston, but not the Bonanza Trail. He knew to bring food, water, sleeping bags, warm clothing and a tent, just in case.
Metro's Search and Rescue Team says winter rescues are fairly common because people mistake the depth of the snow. So they say it is crucial to have a GPS device, and not just a cell phone, so they can get to a stranded hiker much quicker.
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