We can laugh about this now because the story has a happy ending. But, it was touch and go when rescuers were trying to find a lost hiker and he kept declining their phone calls because he thought they were spam.

This really happened. MSN shared the story of a hiker who's name will not be included so as not to embarrass the guilty. This happened in Colorado when a guy decided he wanted to climb Mt. Elbert. That's an optimistic endeavor and is to be admired. The problem is he got lost which led to this very interesting status update from Lake County Search and Rescue.

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The hike up Mt. Elbert is not for the faint of heart. Rocky Mountain Hiking Trails shows this is a strenuous hike of over 9 miles with a change in elevation of over 6,000 feet. Kudos to this guy for having the guts to attempt it.

As you might imagine, the internet is having a ball making fun of this hiker. I would agree with Lake County Search and Rescue who came to this person's defense reminding people that your emotions can cause unusual thinking when you're lost in the wild. Adrenaline and other factors can prevent you from thinking clearly.

That being said, I will admit to laughing a bit at the visual of a guy in the woods looking at his phone and declining calls because he's afraid someone is trying to sell him an extended warranty for his vehicle. We have all been there, dude.

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