Missing Mount Whitney hiker found safe after a week in freezing temps


LONE PINE, CA – MAY 09: Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the continental US at 14,494 feet, stands in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which carry less snow than normal, on May 9, 2008 near Lone Pine, California. Urgent calls for California residents to conserve water have grown in the wake of the final Sierras snow survey of the season indicating a snow depth and water content at only 67 percent of normal levels. The Sierra snowpack is vital to California water supplies and officials are preparing plans for mandatory water conservation. In Southern California, the Metropolitan Water District, cut deliveries to farmers by nearly a third and growers in Fresno and Kings counties have not planted about 200,000 acres of crops, a third of the land irrigated by Westlands Water District. Many farmers are now selling their government-subsidized water for profit instead of using it to plant crops. Much of the California water supply comes from the Colorado River where a continuing eight-year drought has lowered water storage to roughly half of capacity. Dry conditions across the West have already doubled the wildfires this year causing fire officials to brace for a possible repeat of the devastating 2007 southern California wildfire season. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A Mount Whitney hiker who went missing as a late-season storm swept through the Sierra Nevada last week was found alive during the weekend.

Sequoia National Park officials say Edward Lee Alderman was rescued several miles west of the Whitney summit on Sunday.

The 33-year-old from Austin, Texas, was reported to be alert, despite injuries, fatigue and exposure to subfreezing temperatures.  

Alderman had last been seen Thursday as he hiked to the summit, which tops 14,000 feet. Helicopters searched the area Saturday and ground searchers went in on Sunday.

Searchers got a tip from other hikers who heard a voice near Timberline Lake.

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