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Aug 3, 2011 6:11 AM by Kate Richards

Lost oregon hiker found

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A woman who spent three nights in the Mount Hood National Forest after tumbling off a cliff says she ate berries, drank from a creek and tried to scoot to safety on her bottom because she couldn't walk.

Hood River County sheriff's Detective Matt English says 28-year-old Pamela Salant of Portland was in serious condition late Tuesday with a possible broken left leg after an Oregon Army National Guard helicopter rescued her.

Hospital officials said she was expected to stay overnight for evaluation.

The Oregonian says Salant got separated from her boyfriend Saturday as they dropped their gear near a lake and went looking for a camping spot. After her fall, English says Salant began following a creek, trying to reach the Columbia River and get help. She ended up in a steep drainage, about a mile and a half from the lake.

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