2 Northern California women rescued on Oregon’s Mt. Hood with limited survival ‘essentials’

By Will Maetzold | KPTV

CLACKAMAS COUNTY, Oregon (KPTV) — Some scary moments for two women who became lost when hiking on Mount Hood on Oct. 2.

Clackamas County Search and Rescue trail runner Stephen Schieberl was one of the first to reach them after getting a call for help.

“We did a quick check on them,” Schieberl said. “We gave them the (dry clothes) kits, let them get warm (and) let them put on some layers of clothes.”

The two women from Northern California, ages 28 and 29, got lost when trying to reach Ramona Falls with no compass or map. Rescuers say they were fortunate to reach an area to call for help amidst the dangerous cold and wet conditions outside.

“You can become hypothermic really quickly,” Schieberl said. “You can actually enter into a life-threatening situation if you get lost overnight and don’t know your way out or you can’t see your way out.”

Ryan Howey and his wife are visiting from Chicago to hike around Mount Hood. He said they made sure to learn more about where they’re headed.