Fish and Game: Told not to try it, hiker, 17, needs rescue after attempting 35-mile trekJanuary 06. 2017 8:40AM
LINCOLN — A 17-year-old hiker who officials said had been advised not to try a 35-mile, four-day solo trek had to be rescued on Thursday, the Fish and Game Department said.
Despite warnings from AMC and Fish and Game officials that he lacked experience for his planned hike, Xusheng Wang, of Toronto, Canada, headed out anyway, according to officials.
He made it 2.6 miles up the trail, officials said, before becoming cold and wet, and he was unable to operate his stove or set up his tent.
Fearing he would not be able to keep warm or rehydrate himself, he called 911 for help.
Conservation officers responded to the Liberty Spring Trail to rescue Wang at about 6:30 p.m. Coordinates from Wang’s 911 call put him about two and a half miles from the bike path, officials said.
With overnight temperatures expected to drop into the teens, conservation officers headed out, reaching Wang about 10 p.m. and helping him make it out to the Flume by about 1 a.m., officials said.
According to officials, Wang was carrying all of the equipment expected for a winter hike, but he lacked sufficient experience.
Officials said they anticipate that Wang will be receiving a bill from the state for his rescue.