HAYWOOD COUNTY, NC (FOX CAROLINA) – Six members of the Haywood County Search and Rescue Mountain Rescue Team helped a stranded hiker along the Art Loeb Trail near the Shining Rock Wilderness area.
The hiker had planned to hike and camp along the popular Art Loeb Trail, but as conditions worsened he called for help.
The rescue team was notified around 10:15 a.m. Sunday morning of a potentially stranded hiker. Teams headed up the mountain on Blue Ridge Parkway to their entry point at the Black Balsam trailhead at 11:30 a.m.
Road conditions were treacherous with less than 100 feet of visibility and a wintry mix of sleet and falling snow.
The team traveled by 4×4 truck for about three kilometers on the road to Ivestor Gap, until the road conditions became too difficult. From there, they donned snowshoes and traveled on foot to join the stranded hiker.
The hiker was fine and able to walk alone alongside the lifeguard team.
Rescuers received support from the Logan Lake Fire Department, Haywood County Emergency Services and Haywood County Emergency Management.
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