Hiker Recounts Five-Day Ordeal Lost on Mount Baldy - NBC Southern California

Hiker Recounts Five-Day Ordeal Lost on Mount Baldy

The hikers said they got lost on a trail and slipped near Cucamonga Peak in the mountains east of Los Angeles.

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    Mount Baldy Hiker's Story of Survival

    A rescued hiker explains how he and a fellow hiker got lost in Mount Baldy, and the freezing and frightening ordeal that followed. (Published Saturday, April 13, 2019)

    Eric Desplinter recounted his five-day ordeal Friday lost on Mounta Baldy.

    He and a fellow hiker were reported missing over the weekend in Southern California's San Gabriel Mountains. They were found alive Wednesday.

    The 33-year-old Chino Hills resident and former National Guardsman who served in Afghanistan and Gabrielle Wallace, 31, of Rancho Cucamonga had been last seen in the Mount Baldy area around 10 a.m. Saturday.

    Search-and-rescue teams combed some 30 square miles of the mountains for four days looking for the hikers.

    Missing Mt. Baldy Hikers Found Alive and Well

    [LA] Missing Mt. Baldy Hikers Found Alive and Well

    Two hikers missing for five days in Mt. Baldy were found alive. Kim Baldonado reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

    (Published Thursday, April 11, 2019)

    Desplinter said they got lost on the trail and "had a little bit of a slip" going to Cucamonga Peak.

    The couple survived by rationing their food, drinking water through a LifeStraw filter and staying as warm as possible.

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