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Barefoot Hiker Gets Lost On Sand Dunes For 30 Hours

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve (credit: CBS)

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve (credit: CBS)

GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) – A lost hiker who spent 30 hours wandering barefoot around on the hot sands of Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is expected to recover after being found dehydrated.

Officials say 20-year-old Max McClesky of Portland, Oregon, was found Wednesday after he started walking toward the park’s entrance lights. He was on a night hike with a friend when they became separated around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

McClesky was on a night hike with a friend in the park, home to the tallest sand dunes in North America, when they became separated around 2 a.m. Tuesday. The friend made it out but McClesky was disoriented and walked into a remote area of the park.

Rangers say he saw the lights of the park entrance that evening and began walking in that direction before being found by the ranger the next day.

The sands can reach up to 140 degrees during the day but the nights are chilly.

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