An overdue hiker is safe after a weekend rescue operation by Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad.
According to information from KVRS and Alaska State Troopers, 19-year-old Henry Rouland of California was hiking the Carlanna-Perseverance traverse. He started about 11:30 a.m. Friday and had planned to complete the hike before dark.
A little before 5 p.m. Friday, Rouland texted friends that he was stuck on the trail. A likely location was received from his phone’s GPS.
KVRS sent a four-person team up Perseverance Trail, and they found Rouland a little before 10 p.m. They provided dry clothing and shelter, and two members of the team camped with Rouland, waiting for helicopter extraction the next morning.
Temsco Helicopters lifted Rouland and the two team members off the mountain at 8:35 am Saturday, according to KVRS. There were no injuries.