WINTER HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- In late June, rescue teams hiked mount Katahdin in search of a 68-year-old man who was stranded by himself. To make matters worse the man was suffering from hypothermia.
Chet and Betsy Rubackin are resting easy in their home in Winter Harbor now but one of Chet's favorite hobbies nearly turned fatal.
Rubackin was hiking mount Katahdin with a friend when they got caught in a storm. Searchers rescued him 40 hours after he started his hike.
Park Rangers says safety is an individual's responsibility and a person should research a hike before going on one.
Rubackin says his mental determination helped him survive the experience and he would hike Katahdin again. Park Rangers say to always be cautious when you hike.