Cold, wet Chicago hikers rescued from Pacific Crest Trail in central Oregon


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BEND, Oregon — A Deschutes (De-SHOOTS) County sheriff's officer says two women hikers from Chicago who called for help along the Pacific Crest Trail in central Oregon have been rescued.

Deputy Liam Klatt says 29-year-old Johannah Hail and 23-year-old Andra Sturtevant had been hiking a 500-mile section of the trail from Willamette Pass, Oregon, bound for Mount Rainier in Washington.

Klatt says they encountered a large snow field Monday and decided to turn around. They had been using their phone as a GPS device but the phone died and rainy weather kept them from using their solar charger.

A rain storm soaked all their equipment Monday night and they awoke Tuesday to snow.

Klatt says the two were able to charge the phone sufficiently to call 911 for help.

A sheriff's search and rescue team brought them out.

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