Hiker Rescued After 6 Nights On Mt Hood


By Paul Johnson

Portland, Oregon (CNN) - An Oregon woman is recovering after spending six nights stranded on Mount Hood.
Mary Owen has a leg injury and is recovering from frostbite.
She was rescued Saturday morning by the Oregon National Guard.
Owen was hiking alone when she ran into whiteout conditions less than a thousand feet from the mountain's summit.
She got stranded after falling 40 feet over rocky terrain and cutting her leg.
After days passed by, Owen said she grew concerned nobody would find her.
"Part of it was so discouraging, because I was just like 'where is everybody?' you know? Usually when you know that people are thinking about you and praying for you and stuff, you can kind of like feel it. There was just nothing, like nobody looking for me, nobody praying for me, nothing. And that was - that was really hard."
"Just woke up with really a lot of peace and the sense of thousands and thousands of people praying for me. That was really really powerful. So Friday I was just like this is the day they're going to find me and I was super optimistic."
"I was just thanking God and thanking them and just so happy."
Owen says she survived on melted snow, chia seeds, ramen noodles and Nutri-Grain bars.

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