Austin man who went missing while climbing mountain in California found safe

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INYO COUNTY, California (KXAN) — An Austin man who went missing while hiking in California has been found safe on Sunday.

“We are thrilled and relieved to report that ground searchers successfully located missing hiker Edward Lee Alderman late this afternoon, in the vicinity of Timberline Lake, several miles west of the summit of Mount Whitney,” said a Facebook post on the Sequoia and Kings National Parks page. “Mr. Alderman is reported to be alert, despite injuries, fatigue, and exposure to sub-freezing temperatures.”

Alderman, 33, planned to climb Mount Whitney in Sequoia National Park on Thursday, according to the National Park Service.

He was last seen at about 4 p.m. on Thursday as he left the summit of the mountain.

Alderman and his hiking partner planned to summit the mountain and descend on Thursday, but they became separated while ascending the mountain. The other hiker reported Alderman missing on Friday morning.

Authorities from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office were searching for Alderman. They searched via helicopter, while ground searches resumed Sunday following a winter storm in the area, the NPS said.

At last check, Alderman was on his way to receive medical care.

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