SISTERS, OR -- Two Corvallis hikers were rescued from South Sister after they got lost Saturday night, and were not prepared for the conditions. Deschutes County Search and Rescue were dispatched just after 9 p.m. to southwest of the main climbers’ trail, based on the men's cell phone data.
The two had never hiked South Sister before and only one had warm clothing. Officials say 22-year-old Mohammed Alnemer and 19-year-old Ananiya Demessie had not planned to stay overnight and did not have shelter supplies nor means to make a warming fire.
Teams searched by air and ground in complete darkness, steep terrain and snow and ice, and they asked other hikers in the area to help. The Pair was located Sunday morning by a group of hikers - cold and tired but otherwise in good condition.
They refused medical attention, and were returned to their car just after 12:30, Sunday afternoon.