PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon outdoor enthusiast is safe after spending six nights stranded on Mount Hood. Searchers rescued the Newberg woman this weekend.
23-year-old Mary Owen is now recovering with frostbitten toes and an injured leg in a hospital bed. She got stranded after falling 40 feet over rocky terrain and cutting her leg. She says she got lost going down the mountain and was funneled into a canyon where she made a snow shelter.
Owen was found on Saturday morning on Sandy Glacier by a National Guard Helicopter. One big advantage Owen had going for her was perfect weather. Blue skies and just about 50 degrees the past couple days were a huge help to rescuers.
Owen says she survived on melted snow, chia seeds, ramen noodles and nutri-grain bars. She burned the wrappers of the bars to stay warm. Owen now admits hiking alone was a mistake.
While this situation had a happy ending, authorities wanted to remind hikers to always let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.