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The Region

It took about 10 hours for members of the volunteer Sierra Madre Mountain Search and Rescue Team to reach a 29-year-old hiker stranded on a crumbling granite ledge on the side of a cliff near Pasadena. The team was called after residents in the Hastings Ranch section of Pasadena heard the faint cries of the hiker, John Copeland of Los Angeles, who was stranded on the ledge more than two miles away in Bailey Canyon. A team spokesman said the canyon was so steep and narrow that it took five hours to make voice contact with Copeland. It took another five hours for rescuers to reach him in the darkness by rappelling more than 800 feet down a cliff to the ledge where the hiker was stranded.


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