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Portland hiker Kerry Friesen found in the Columbia Gorge
by Ralph Metcalf - The Oregon Herald The Oregon Herald
  Friday March 26, 2010 - 12:31 PM
 
COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE - Kerry Friesen was found deep in the Gorge, about two hours away from his car after losing track of the trail in snow. He was able to walk back to the trail head on foot with the help of rescuers who also gave him dry clothing, food and water.

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The search is underway for a 49-year-old Portland man who went missing near Bonneville Dam while on a hike.

Kerry Friesen, an experienced wilderness hiker, went for a hike on Wednesday and did now show up for dinner. His father called 911 and searchers were on the job early the next day. They searched on foot and on four-wheelers, attempting to rule out the trails but unfortunately, Friesen did not tell his family which route he was planning on taking. He does have a cell phone, but crews have been unable to reach him on it.

Kerry Friesen's car was found sitting in a parking lot off Tanner Creek Road, however, he could have walked to any trailhead for help. The search radius is nearly a 16-mile loop and searchers are considering using wilderness dogs to and aircraft, but tree cover is so thick it's difficult to see.

Kerry Friesen last talked to his family around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday. HIs father said his son has a day pack and maybe took more gear from his car.

"He's an great outdoorsman, so we're hoping for the best," said Deputy Stephen Dangler with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. "We're hoping he made camp somewhere when the storm came and decided to camp out for the evening time."

Searchers are worried that temperatures at higher elevations in the area may be frigid and dangerous.


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