Life or Death Rescue of Trapped Hiker Caught on Video

Clayton Sandell follows an amazing story of survival on the Appalachian Trail.
3:00 | 11/04/12

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with the life and death rescue on the appalachian state trial. Sandy dumped a record snowfall? Tennessee when he began trapped, rescuers braved the cold, wind and snow to track him down. Abc's clayton sandell has the story. Reporter: Steven ames worth was running out of time. I felt that I wouldn't make it through one night. eporter: HE SET MONDAY IN Tennessee on the final leg of 2,000 mile like. But superstorm sandy hit unexpectedly fast. He was stranding in a tiny shelter for three days. Liking to safety impossible. It took me eight hours to go about a mile and a quarter. Reporter: With food and water running out and unable to feel his freezing feet, he needed help. His phone managed just enough signal to reach 911. I was in pretty tough shape then. Reporter: On friday, tennessee highway patrol sergeant and his team took to the skies. We were able to follow his footprints in the snow for approximately a mile and a half. Reporter: But conditions turned treacherous. The winds were really, really howling. It was like riding a roller-coaster and bumper cars all at one time. Reporter: Jeff buchanan lowered to ames worth whose shoes are now frozen. Dangling in only his socks ames worth is finally rescued. They said to me, did you bring a credit card? And I said, I did. And they said, good, you're buying us steaks. As long as I can have the first one. Reporter: He's exhausted but otherwise fine and grateful. They'll say it's just, well, that's our job and you know, this is what we're supposed to do. I'm telling you, that -- that's more than a job. Reporter: For "good morning america," clayton sandell, abc news, denver. Lot of other news overnight. Ron claiborne with a look at the

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