When being lost, people usually get in panic and desperately look for help, this Colorado hiker was different.
A Colorado hiker was found lost on the road conquering Colorado’s highest mountain. According to the Lake County Search and Rescue, people reported him missing around 8 pm on Oct. 18 after no one saw him return from the expedition, said the New York Post.
However, the rescue team attempted to make phone calls, send texts, and even record voice messages to reach the hiker; but there was no reply.
At around 10 pm, the first rescue crew of five had started the searching journey in Mount Elbert near areas hikers commonly get lost. They returned the next morning at about 3 am after failing to trace down the missing hiker on the 4401 meter-high (14,440ft) peak, as reported by The Guardian.
The second team set up their manhunt at 7 am the next day, exploring the typically-got-lost area of hikers. Shortly after, they realized the hiker had returned to his lodging about 9:30 am.
The subject told authorities that he had lost the trail at nightfall, making efforts to trace down the proper trailhead by trying on different routes. Eventually, he got back to his car around 24 hours after starting the hiking journey, the following morning.
As Lake County Search and Rescue reported, the missing man said he was completely unaware that his rescue operation was underway, which meant there were people out there tirelessly seeking him.
Being asked by the agency for not answering any of the repeated phone calls from the rescue team, the subject said that he couldn’t recognize the number.
The agency added: “If you’re overdue according to your itinerary, and you start getting repeated calls from an unknown number, please answer the phone; it may be a search and rescue team trying to confirm you’re safe!”
32 hours were spent on the hiker’s search.
The public expressed their angry feelings on social media, when learning about the news that the hiker had not answered rescue team’s repeated phone calls when failing to recognize the numbers.
Over a Facebook post, Lake County Search and Rescue responded: “Please remember that what seems like common sense in hindsight is not obvious to a subject at the moment when they are lost and panicking.”