Published May 07, 2013
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Three hikers who vanished during a weekend hike in the San Bernardino Mountains were found safe Tuesday morning by a county sheriff's helicopter crew.
Ryan Shankles, David Yoder and Miguel De La Torre were found at about 10:15 a.m. in the North Fork Meadows area, at an elevation of more than 6,000 feet, according to the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department.
The area had recent rain, some snow flurries and temperatures in the 20s when the men set out Sunday for a day hike to the top of Mount San Gorgonio, the highest peak in Southern California at around 11,500 feet.
The men may have minor hypothermia but appeared to be in good condition and good spirits as they joked with each other in an interview.
"We have a banner that we carried with us and the first night, we were able to put that banner over us to help keep us warm, and we spooned, and we tried to (build) a fire," David Yoder told KNBC-TV.
Shankles responded, "I don't like to use the word `spooning,"' to the laughter of friends and family.
Yoder laughed and said it was "definitely spooning,"' and the fire they were able to start helped them stay warm enough to survive.