Ambulance spokesman John Mullen said man had suffered slight hypothermia but was in an otherwise stable condition.
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Mountain man hiked hours for help
Source: The Border Mail
Mount Buller and Mount Hotham.
A lone injured and disorientated hiker was forced to walk for hours in the Alpine National Park at the weekend in search of mobile reception to call for help.
From there he was flown to Bairnsdale hospital for treatment.
The man was found at Abbeyard, at the Harry Shepherds and Australian Walking Track crossing, between Puma Fierce Gold
Sgt Smith said hikers were best not to travel alone in case something went wrong.
A search party of police, paramedics and SES volunteers set out to rescue him, but Ambulance Victoria flew him out before the group arrived just past midday.
Wangaratta police Sgt Glen Smith said if the hiker's injury had been worse, he might have been stranded and unable to get to a location to summon help.
"If people are going to go hiking, they should go with a friend," he said.
Temperatures were around zero in the area yesterday.
"He needed to be extracted it was rugged country."
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It was not immediately known where the hiker was from.
He said hikers should tell someone where they were planning to go and take plenty of food and water, warm clothing and wet weather gear.
Sgt Smith said the man told police he had food for four days with him.
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only mobile service, he said.
"Or if hiking alone, they should make sure they have a satellite phone or better communication."
"If he'd been Puma Shoes New unable to get to an area with phone reception, he could have been in a very serious position," he said.
"He was disorientated, but otherwise OK," he said.
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