August 29th, 2013
05:03 AM ET

Yosemite hikers escape the flames

They were on a 10-day trek through the wilderness, just four guys and six llamas. Expecting to commune with nature, they instead faced its sheer, raw power when their hike was cut short by the huge wildfire ravaging northern California.

David Hermanson, a 30-year-old artist and air conditioner repairman from the San Diego area, knows Yosemite National Park like the back of his hand.

"Me and my dad have been hiking Yosemite every year since I was seven," he said.


Filed under: U.S. • Weather
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Surely they didn't know about the fire before they began their hike.

    August 29, 2013 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. Zandie

    Of course not.

    August 29, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Private personal training Long Island

    Experience saved this man’s life. Great story CNN!

    January 30, 2014 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |