Nevada man rescued off Sheep Mountain in Juneau

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A hiker was successfully rescued Friday after not returning home from a hike Thursday afternoon.

    On Friday, Alaska Wildlife Troopers received a report that Connor Beckman of Nevada had not returned home Thursday afternoon from a hike up Mount Roberts and Sheep Mountain.

    According to the trooper dispatch, Beckman was not prepared to overnight in the field and had no food or water.  

    Juneau Mountain Rescue and SEADOGS were mobilized along with concerned family and friends who began searching the trail system. The US Coast Guard sent a helicopter from Sitka Station.

    At about 2:05 in the afternoon Friday, Beckman walked out to the trailhead where he was met by searchers.  

    Beckman had unexpectedly spent the night on Sheep Mountain after a weather system moved in while he was on the mountain and prevented him from finding the way down due to dense fog. The weather system also brought strong wind and rain so Beckman made a rock windbreak and dug into the rocks for shelter for the night.

    In the morning he resumed looking for the trail back down, which he eventually did. He walked in the dense fog not knowing where the trail he found would lead. He eventually found his way to the trailhead.

    Beckman reported no injuries.

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