Park City man hikes out of remote canyon alive, well
A 67-year-old Park City man reported missing since Monday night was found alive and well Wednesday by hikers as he was walking out of a remote slot canyon where his motor home had become stuck.
Jim Fitlow said his father, Larry Fitlow, at first had stayed with his RV after it got stuck in the Wild Horse slot canyon area of Emery County about 11 a.m. Monday.
"But after 35 games of Solitaire, waiting for someone to come by, he said he decided this morning to pack up some stuff and try to hike out," Jim Fitlow said.
He connected with another group of hikers about 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The elder Fitlow's cell phone was out of range where he got stuck on a rough backcountry road near Goblin Valley State Park. He had just wrapped up a camping trip at the park with the family Monday morning when he got in his motor home to drive back to Park City.
That was the last time Jim Fitlow had seen his dad, who took a wrong turn, heading into the Wild Horse slot canyon region. Jim Fitlow watched for a while, expecting his father would turn around to make the trip back home. But he did not, and when the family arrived in Park City Monday night, Jim Fitlow was not there.
"We didn't know he was missing until we got home that night and he wasn't there," Jim Fitlow said.
Fitlow was not alone, though, he had his trusty traveling canine companion, "Gizmo," inside his 37-foot RV. The dog was fine, too.