Gerald Horne went into the woods June 26 to find himself. He nearly met his maker.
The 38-year-old Berkeley man is recovering at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula after being rescued at Sykes Camp in Los Padres National Forest, where he went to fast and “reflect on who I am and what I have to do to move forward.”
He took a queen-size air bed, a “giant” tent, pillow, other heavy or bulky equipment and his dog.
By June 28, after two days in the back country, he said he ran into other hikers who said he didn’t look good. They told him they would go for help.
Personnel from the Monterey County Urban Search and Rescue, the California Highway Patrol, Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade, and Westmed were dispatched.
Rescuers were lowered by a CHP helicopter, which airlifted Horne to a waiting ambulance at Post Ranch. He was then transported to Community Hospital.
Who pays for this lost dudes rescue – especially after he quit his job?