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Barefoot hiker lost for 30 hours in Sand Dunes

Published On: Jul 10 2014 11:01:04 AM CDT

U.S. National Park Service

The Great Sand Dunes


A lost hiker spent 30 hours wandering barefoot around on the hot sands of Great Sand Dunes National Park before being found by a ranger.

Officials say 20-year-old Max McClesky of Portland, Oregon was found Wednesday. He was dehydrated and weak but is expected to make a full recovery.
They say McClesky was on a night hike with a friend in the park, home to the tallest sand dunes in North America, when they became separated around 2 a.m. Tuesday. The friend made it out but McClesky was disorientated and walked a remote area of the park. Rangers say he saw the lights of the park entrance that evening and began walking in that direction.
The sands reach up to 140 degrees during the day but the nights are chilly.


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