A Tennessee couple who went missing for eight days in the Alaskan wilderness recalled the tortuous ordeal of quickly running out of food, sleeplessness and encountering a bear.
Jonas Baer, 50, and Cynthia Hobsepian, 37, shared what the ordeal was when they attempted a short three-hour hike on Aug. 10 during their birthday trip to Fairbanks, Alaska. explained what happened.
“Three hours of hiking led to eight days of survival by simply making the wrong choices,” Bear told Alaska radio station KUAC. “We spent eight days camping.” [in] At 4 different locations we re-evaluated what we were trying to do. ”
The man also recalled how the couple encountered hairy friends in the wilderness, which kept them up at night.
“We encountered a few bears. Nothing was really scary for us, but we were very wary of our surroundings all night,” he said. “You can’t sleep. You have to keep the fire going. Just take a little break here and there and just keep going.”
The Nashville couple told a radio show that it rained a lot during their trip.
By August 12, just two days after the disappearance, they had run out of snacks.
Baer and Hofsepian reportedly followed a “looping road” and ended up in an area where they were disorientated and burned.
The couple believed they were always within nine miles of the resort, but had brought their cell phones with them on the hike and had no means of reaching out to authorities for help.
“You can’t tell the difference between burn marks and real marks,” Bear told local media. “With the giant pillow, as soon as I stepped on it, I had to expend all my energy just to pull my leg up again, and I was so tired.”
Baer said he spotted a rescue plane while he was stuck, but was unable to bring down the flag.
“They were at different distances, miles apart,” Bear said. “It was impossible for us to get close to them.”
Baer said he and his girlfriend tried to start a “smog fire” to get the pilot’s attention, but “nothing worked.”
By August 17, seven days after her disappearance, Bea said she feared she would make it home alive.
“I knew if I didn’t get out of there on my own terms, I would die,” he told KUAC.
The next day, Behr left Hobsepian, who is blind and sometimes uses a cane to walk, and started hiking north, saying he would be back in five hours.
Bear eventually returned to the trail, where he ran into two hikers and eventually returned to the hot springs.
When he returned to civilization, he was reunited with his father, who had flown in from Ohio to help with the search, but said he “didn’t even recognize me.”
The first photo after Bear’s reappearance showed him with mud on his face, wearing a sarcastic T-shirt saying, “Hey, I’m here.”
“He’s shocked, and so am I,” Bear laughed.
He and a rescue team then returned to rescue Hofsepian, who was treated for hypothermia.