Man who went missing on Mount Whitney hike found alive

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FILE – Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the continental US at 14,494 feet, stands in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which carry less snow than normal, on May 9, 2008 near Lone Pine, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images, FILE)

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A Mount Whitney hiker who went missing as a late-season storm swept through the Sierra Nevada last week was found alive during the weekend.

Sequoia National Park officials say Edward Lee Alderman was rescued several miles west of the Whitney summit on Sunday.

The 33-year-old from Austin, Texas, was reported to be alert, despite injuries, fatigue, and exposure to subfreezing temperatures.  

Alderman had last been seen Thursday as he hiked to the summit, which tops 14,000 feet. Helicopters searched the area Saturday and ground searchers went in on Sunday.

Searchers got a tip from other hikers who heard a voice near Timberline Lake.

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