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Missing teen found after night in the gorge

16-year-old finds help at lodge on Franklin Ridge Trail

A 16-year-old Portland boy, lost above Horsetail Falls in the Columbia River Gorge, was found safe and in good condition at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 29.

The boy, Alex Irvin, had spent a cold night in the woods after becoming separated from his group. He was reported missing at about 4:50 p.m. Saturday.

by: CONTRIBUTE PHOTO - After spending a night lost in the woods above Horsetail Falls in the Columbia River Gorge, Alex Irvin found help at Nesika Lodge on the Franklin Ridge Trail at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office reported Irvin has been located at Nesika Lodge off of the Franklin Ridge Trail. A person staying at the lodge spotted the teenager on the trail and made contact with him. He was taken into the lodge and given food and warm liquids to warm him up.

Those at the lodge then called 9-1-1 to report Irvin had been found.

Irvin was described as in good condition, although cold from being outside overnight.

The Nesika Lodge is located about 7-8 miles up and over the Franklin Ridge Trail and the elevation rises approximately 2,500 feet to the top of the ridge from the Horsetail Falls Trailhead.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to remind anyone contemplating a hike or outing on hiking trails within the Columbia Gorge and other scenic areas to carry the proper equipment when setting out, including a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, extra clothing, fire starter, knife, first aid kit and signaling device, a GPS unit and a cell phone with extra battery.

If you do become lost in the woods, preserve your body heat. Don't lay directly on the ground, instead make a mattress of pine boughs or leaves. Try to find a place out of rain and wind, but be visible.

Staying in place helps searchers locate you as they are searching the area. Carry bright colored clothing you can hang on a tree to attract attention. Hiking with a group or a friend, stay together and keep each other in sight.

Let someone know your plan and when you expect to return so someone knows if you are overdue. During the winter low temperatures in the higher elevations can bring snow and hail . Be prepared for bad weather.

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