Stranded Hiker Recounts 6 Nights Stranded In Santa Cruz Mountains

FELTON (AP) – A hiker who was stranded in the Santa Cruz Mountains for six days has said she went in and out of consciousness and tried to conserve her energy as she waited to be rescued.

Debra Collins recounted her ordeal to reporters Tuesday, three days after she was found by a man and his son in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

The 59-year-old woman fell into a ravine while hiking on an unmarked trail on Nov. 28. Although she was not injured in the fall, she said she was unable to climb out.

A nearby stream supplied water, but Collins had no food. She said the nights were particularly tough—shivering kept her from falling asleep, and she lost track of time.

Collins says she’s still recuperating from hypothermia and that the sensation in her feet has still not fully returned.

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  • Rachel

    How nice to hear a happy ending to this story. This woman was truly blessed that someone happened along when they did. Wishing her a speedy recovery.

  • Rob

    There’s something extremely fishy about this story. This ravine was not an inaccessible canyon. If she was uninjured, why couldn’t she walk downstream to try to find her way out? She tells the story like she sat there for six days, but a man – her neighbor, in fact* (hmmmm) – could find her while accompanied by his small child, why couldn’t she get out? And she has a history of getting lost in the woods. Maybe she likes the attention. Read other articles, you’ll see the media skepticism creeping in despite their desire for a happy ending. We’re not done hearing about this story…

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