BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Search and Rescue helped a Pennsylvania man camping east of Bend, Tuesday morning, after he became unable to walk due to the cold. Jesse Bupp called 911 just after 7 a.m. from Tumulus Trail, to report his feet and lower legs were completely numb and possibly frostbit.
A SAR team and a horse responded and hiked about 5.5 miles to Bupp’s campsite. The 25-year-old was helped onto the horse and his campsite packed up. He rode on horseback to the trailhead where medics were waiting; they then transported him to St. Charles Bend for further evaluation.
The Sheriff's office says Bupp was dressed appropriately and had necessary gear for winter camping, including food and water, although his water froze overnight. But, he did not have a sleeping pad to act as a barrier between the ground and his sleeping bag, which officials say likely sped up the process of him becoming cold.