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Rescuers find missing hikers.

Byline: Mark Baker The Register-Guard

A Eugene man and his 12-year-old nephew were located by search and rescue personnel late Sunday morning Sunday Morning may refer to:
  • "Sunday Morning (radio program)", a Canadian radio program formerly aired on CBC Radio One
  • CBS News Sunday Morning, a television news program on CBS in the United States
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 after becoming lost in the Waldo Lake Waldo Lake is a lake in the Cascade Mountains of the U.S. state of Oregon. It is the second largest lake in Oregon with more than 10 square miles (26 km²) of water and a maximum depth of 420 feet.  Wilderness.

"They're in pretty good shape other than being exhausted," said John Miller, Lane County's search and rescue coordinator.

David Wach, 55, of Eugene and his nephew, Jarom Jenkins, were reported overdue OVERDUE. A bill, note, bond or other contract, for the payment of money at a particular day, when not paid upon the day, is overdue.
     2. The indorsement of a note or bill overdue, is equivalent to drawing a new bill payable at sight. 2 Conn. 419; 18 Pick.
 late Friday from an overnight hiking hiking

Walking, often among hills or mountains, as recreational sport. It represents an activity in its own right and also figures in backpacking, camping, hunting, mountaineering, and orienteering.
 and fishing trip. Search and rescue personnel found their vehicle on Saturday at a remote trailhead near the end of Salmon Creek Road east of Oakridge. Their unoccupied camp was located later near Lower Quinn Lake.

A sheriff's helicopter spotted Wach and the boy about 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The two were 1.2 miles to the east of their camp, off trail, near the Middle Fork/Willamette drainage.

Wach and the boy had no food while lost. Wach was able to build a small signal fire to attract the helicopter's attention.

"There was a little puff (algorithm) puff - To decompress data that has been crunched by Huffman coding. At least one widely distributed Huffman decoder program was actually *named* "PUFF", but these days it is usually packaged with the encoder.

Opposite: huff.
 of smoke, which caught the observer's eye," Miller said.

Then helicopter rescuers saw Wach waving a red shirt, Miller said.

More than a dozen volunteers, including members of Eugene Mountain Rescue, Ground Search and Rescue and Lane County Sheriff's Amateur Radio Operators An amateur radio operator is an individual who, typically, uses equipment at an amateur radio station to engage in two-way personal communications with other similar individuals on radio frequencies assigned to the Amateur Radio Service. , conducted a ground search and were able to respond to the location provided by the helicopter within an hour.

A ground crew reached them about noon and provided food and water, Miller said. Then they walked them back to their camp to gather their things, before assisting to the trailhead to get their vehicle.

Wach and his nephew left Eugene to go fishing and camping on Thursday, Miller said.

"It's easy to get disoriented dis·o·ri·ent  
tr.v. dis·o·ri·ent·ed, dis·o·ri·ent·ing, dis·o·ri·ents
To cause (a person, for example) to experience disorientation.

Adj. 1.
 in that country with all those lakes around there," he said. Getting lost in the woods happens "frequently" in the summertime, Miller said. A man hiking in Linn County Linn County is the name of four counties in the United States:
  • Linn County, Iowa
  • Linn County, Kansas
  • Linn County, Missouri
  • Linn County, Oregon
 north of Blue River got lost Saturday but was able to get out on his own before search and rescue crews got there, Miller said.

Hikers, campers and others should never leave camp without an "essentials" kit, Miller said. Essential items include a compass, light, water, whistle, flares and a garbage bag for shelter, he said.

"I was very happy it ended this way," Miller said of Wach and his nephew. "It's much better than some of the others we've had."
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jul 27, 2009
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