California Hiker Rescued After Hanging on Ledge for More Than 2 Days

Lawrence Bishop wrote goodbye note for his family before a rescue team game to save him.
2:24 | 08/02/12

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A HIKER IN CALIFORNIA. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS. HANGING ON A LEDGE FOR MORE THAN TWO DAYS. FACING DEATH, EVEN WRITING GOOD-BYE NOTES TO HIS FAMILY. IT WAS THEN THAT A RESCUE TEAM DID WHAT THE HIKER THOUGHT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN. DEFYING GRAVITY AND SAVING HIS LIFE. ABC'S RYAN OWENS HAS THE STORY. Reporter: JUST THINK OF DANGLING UP THERE. LITERALLY HANGING ON FOR DEAR LIFE. IMAGINE DOING IT FOR TWO SECONDS. NOW, MEET THE MAN WHO DID IT FOR MORE THAN TWO DAYS. I'VE NEVER BEEN IN A POSITION TO SAY, HOW MUCH AM I WILLING TO DO TO STAY ALIVE. Reporter: LARRY BISHOP IS AN EXPERIENCED HIKER. THE 64 SNAPPED THIS PICTURE BEFORE CLIMBING TO THAT PEAK BEHIND HIM NEAR FRESNO, CALIFORNIA. ON THE WAY DOWN, HE TOOK A WRONG TURN AND GOT STUCK ON THE SLICK GRANITE FACE OF THE MOUNTAIN. HE TOOK THIS PHOTO, TOO. ALMOST 10,000 FEET UP ON A 45-DEGREE ANGLE. I BASICALLY HOPED THAT I HAD THE STAMINA AND THE DETERMINATION TO BEAR THE PAIN AND HANG ON. Reporter: HE HAD NO WATER, ATE PLANTS TO SURVIVE. DURING THE DAY, THE VIEW WAS SPECTACULAR. BUT THE SUN BEAT DOWN ON HIM. HE WAS DEHYDRATED AND DELIRIOUS. I WANTED TO SEE SAVIORS. I WANTED TO SEE PEOPLE WHO WOULD RESCUE ME. Reporter: BUT THERE WAS NO ONE THERE? YEAH. Reporter: HE STARTED A GOOD-BYE NOTEBOOK TO HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTER. I LOVE YOU. I'M SORRY I CAN'T MAKE IT. Reporter: DETAILING THE MOST DIFFICULT HOURS. I'M VERY TIRED. GROGGY. WORST 24 HOURS IN MY LIFE. HOPE SOMEONE HAS THEIR RESCUE SQUAD COMING. Reporter: THEY DID. AND FINALLY FOUND HIM 52 HOURS INTO HIS ORDEAL. BISHOP DIDN'T THINK HE COULD HOLD ON MUCH LONGER AND NEITHER DID HIS RESCUERS. TWO OF THEM RISKED THEIR OWN LIVES TO SPRINT SEVERAL HUNDRED FEET UP THAT SLICK ROCK. JUST DASHED. MADE A MAD DASH UP. Reporter: JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME? YEAH. I THINK SO, YEAH. Reporter: FROM THERE, A HELICOPTER BROUGHT HIM TO SAFETY. I WAS NOT FINISHED WITH LIFE. Reporter: FOR "GOOD MORNING AMERICA," RYAN OWENS, ABC NEWS, FUELTON, CALIFORNIA. IT IS HARD TO IMAGINE WHAT HE ENDURED FOR TWO DAYS. BUT AGAIN, HE IS OKAY. AS IS OUR SAM CHAMPION,

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