Missing Hiker Found Alive

Posted: Monday, July 09, 2001

Search and rescue teams this afternoon found a hiker lost since Saturday injured but alive.

A helicopter pilot spotted 21-year-old Joshua Shrader near Powerline Ridge roughly two miles north of the end of Sheep Creek Trail. Shrader apparently was stamping out the word "help" in the snow when the pilot found him.

Shraders ordeal began Saturday morning when the Juneau man fell down a steep ravine and lost consciousness for an unknown period of time, according to state troopers. When Shrader came to, he hiked to the top of the ravine and camped in the Carter Creek area.

He was reported overdue early morning Sunday and search teams looked for Shrader yesterday and today until they found him just before 1 p.m.. Shrader told troopers he saw and heard the search helicopters Sunday but was unable to signal them.

He was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for minor injuries and a possible broken hand, troopers said. Shraders dog, Ludwig a German shepard has not been seen since Shrader fell down the ravine. Shrader left Juneau on Friday with his dog for an overnight hike from Mount Roberts to Sheep Creek.

TEMSCO and Army National Guard helicopters, Juneau Mountain Rescue, Juneau Police Department officers and SEADOGS searched the Mount Roberts-Sheep Creek area behind and south of downtown Juneau on Sunday. The search was suspended at 4:30 p.m. Sunday because of weather conditions.

A SEADOG team, two Juneau Mountain Rescue teams and the helicopters began to look again this morning, double-checking part of the route and expanding the search, said Bruce Bowler, Southeast Alaska Dogs Organized for Ground Search team manager.

Shrader is a second lieutenant in the Alaska Army National Guard and a community service officer with the Juneau Police Department. He moved to Juneau from Wasilla in 1999, said Maj. Fred Gamble of the Army National Guards 3rd Battalion headquarters in Juneau.

Hikers have survived similar experiences. In 1996, a 48-year-old electrician walked out of the woods on to Thane Road after being lost for four days in the Granite Creek-Sheep Creek area.

Joanna Markell can be reached at joannam@juneauempire.com.

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