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Man Hugs Tree To Save Own Life


A 50-something-year-old man was hiking with a friend when they wandered off trail and onto a steep ledge near the Cape Horn Overlook trail in Washington. The man hugged a nearby tree to avoid a 30-foot fall. He held on for three hours before a rescue crew reached him.

It is unclear if the tree was threatened by loggers or if the tree housed an endangered woodpecker.

Short story here.

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