Hiker found at Lake Tahoe after missing for 2 days

7:42 PM, Oct 25, 2012   |    comments
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MEYERS, CA - Anyone who knows Nathan Sperring would most likely tell you he's the last person they would ever think might need a rescue from a mountain camping trip; after all, he's an avid outdoorsman and guide in Alaska.

However, a solo weekend trip up past Eagle Falls and into the Velma Lakes area near Lake Tahoe, Spearing got stuck when the weather changed and he needed help. When heading out Friday, Sperring told his family that if he didn't return on Tuesday, that meant he was in trouble. 

He didn't return on Tuesday and his family called authorities.

Search and Rescue teams set out Wednesday morning, but had no luck. On Thursday, however, things were different and Spearing was spotted.

"He did everything right," California Rescue Dog Association's Eugenia Woodard said. "He hunkered down and waited it out, then when he spotted us, he helped us rescue him."

Sperring admits it was a different experience for him.

"But I had plenty of food and fuel," Sperring said. 

He also had a tent that sheltered him from the elements. He thanked the rescue teams at the Tahoe airport after he was ferried out by helicopter Thursday afternoon.

By Jonathan Mumm, jmumm@news10.net


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