Katharina Groene was close to the end of the Pacific Crest Trail, in fact the German hiker only had 200 more miles to go on her 2,650-mile journey from Mexico to Canada, but she was wet, dehydrated, and showing signs of hypothermia, so she was afraid she might not make it. She had been so determined to reach the Canadian border that she refused to turn around in Washington state’s Cascade Range, even after meeting local backpacker Nancy Abell on the trail, who advised her to do so.
Abell warned Groene that snow was coming and told her that she’d been through a storm in the same area that she couldn’t escape for three days. So a week later, Abell says she kept thinking about Groene, up there all alone and without snowshoes, and when she couldn’t sleep because she was worried after a heavy snowfall, she called 911 for help.
Abell told them where Groene might be found and Sergeant John Adams of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office says she was “right on” with the location. A helicopter rescued Groene just in time, her phone had no service and she admits she was screaming for help. Now the women have become friends and Groene is staying with her life-saver until she returns to Germany and she says, “My faith in humanity is definitely restored.”