October 20, 1997 in Nation/World

Out Of The Wild


Nine days after authorities called off an air and river search for him, Norwegian hiker Oddarne Skaldebo walked into the village of Koyukuk, Alaska, exhausted, blistered and 40 pounds lighter. The 51-year-old geologist was more than three weeks overdue from a solo trek through interior Alaska. Skaldebo said he didn’t get lost, but underestimated the difficulty of crossing the tundra. After he ran out of food in September, he ate berries and fish. Despite his difficulties, Skaldebo says he plans to return to Alaska. “I want to come back and do another walk and be much better prepared,” he said.

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