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Hiker Gets Stuck On Cliff Trying To Retrieve Cell Phone

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Search and rescue crews in Transylvania County have located a man who is stuck on Looking Glass Rock. Search and rescue crews in Transylvania County have located a man who is stuck on Looking Glass Rock.
Search and rescue crews in Transylvania County have located a man who is stuck on Looking Glass Rock. Search and rescue crews in Transylvania County have located a man who is stuck on Looking Glass Rock.
Search and rescue crews in Transylvania County have located a man who is stuck on Looking Glass Rock. Search and rescue crews in Transylvania County have located a man who is stuck on Looking Glass Rock.
Search and rescue crews in Transylvania County have located a man who is stuck on Looking Glass Rock. Search and rescue crews in Transylvania County have located a man who is stuck on Looking Glass Rock.
TRANSYLVANIA, NC -

A hiker was rescued from Looking Glass Rock in the Pisgah National Forest Tuesday, after getting stuck on a cliff.

Search and Rescue teams discovered the man’s location just after 5 a.m. Tuesday.

According to Bob Twomey with Brevard Rescue Squad, the man and a female friend went climbing Monday. Looking Glass Rock is a popular destination in the Pisgah National Forest.

The man got in trouble when he dropped his cell phone over the edge of the cliff.

Twomey says the man climbed down with no equipment to retrieve the phone and got stuck on a ledge 224 feet below the top of Looking Glass Rock.

“After he got down there, he couldn’t get back up. “He probably should have been on a rope, at least that way he could have climbed back up.”

The man was found with the help of a helicopter and infrared thermal imaging.

A local wilderness guide says Looking Glass Rock can be deceiving to climbers.

“It seems like a very low angle rock and then as you walk out, it is gradually getting steeper and steeper,” says Patrick Weaver, “and then people realize they have gotten themselves into trouble.”

The man’s identity has not yet been released.

Officials say he made a common mistake that could have cost him his life.

“Even if you know what you’re doing, things can go wrong,” says Weaver. “All it takes is a slip and twisted or broken ankle to really complicate a situation.”

If you plan on going hiking in the coming weeks, officials want you to remember a few things:

-Dress appropriately -- Even though the mercury is rising, it still gets cold at night and hypothermia remains a concern.

-Don’t rely on your cell phone -- Signals can be sporadic in the wood and while it’s good to have a fully-charged phone in case of an emergency, let someone know where you ‘re going and when to expect you home.

-Be prepared -- Carry a map, food, water and extra clothing. A short trip can unexpectedly change into a matter of survival.

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