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Austinite Edward Lee Alderman was last seen on Thursday at 4 p.m. (National Park Service)

Austinite Edward Lee Alderman has been found alive after he was reported missing while climbing Mount Whitney in California, the tallest mountain in the contiguous U.S. Alderman had been missing since Thursday afternoon.

"We are thrilled and relieved to report that ground searchers successfully located missing hiker Edward Lee Alderman late this afternoon, in the vicinity of Timberline Lake, several miles west of the summit of Mount Whitney," a post on the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Facebook page said. "Mr. Alderman is reported to be alert, despite injuries, fatigue, and exposure to sub-freezing temperatures."

Alderman was found on Sunday evening when ground searchers were deployed—they had been delayed due to a winter storm, though helicopters searched the area in the meantime. Alderman was found with the help of nearby hikers who reported hearing a voice in the vicinity of Timberline Lake, several miles from the summit of Mount Whitney. He has been transferred to medical care.

NPS said Alderman set out for Mount Whitney early in the morning on Thursday, May 20. According to National Park Services, Alderman started his trip with a hiking partner with the intention to hike to the summit and descend Trail Camp that day. Alderman was reported missing Friday morning after the pair was separated on the way up to the summit.

"We are thrilled and relieved to report that Mr. Alderman is alive, safe, and on his way to definitive medical care," Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Incident Commander Dave Fox said. "With large numbers of people heading into the wilderness this summer, we urgently remind everyone to prepare carefully for their trips and understand that there are real risks out there. We know that Mr. Alderman and his loved ones have been through a lot in the last few days and we're so glad he's going home."


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