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Texas hiker, 38, got lost in the Arkansas wilderness for six days Daily Mail Online


Texas hiker, 38, got lost in the Arkansas wilderness for six days Daily Mail Online Published: 13:39 BST, 14 June 2019 | Updated: 15:22 BST, 14 June 2019 A hiker who became stranded in rural Arkansas for six days said his fight for survival was made tougher by inch long ants with pincers as large as their heads. Josh McClatchy, 38, became disorientated while hiking through the Caney Creek Wilderness region, near Mena, Arkansas, and accidentally strayed off the beaten trail. While searching for water, food and cellphone signal were his immediate priorities, McClatchy quickly realised that ants were much more than an annoying pest. Scroll down for video  While searching for water, food and cellphone signal were his immediate priorities, McClatchy quickly realised that ants were much more than an annoying pest McClatchy on another hike McClatchy poses in an unknown location during another hike in Arkansas When it comes to the wildlife, I learned very quickly that the ants were my nemesis, McClatchy told s Good Morning America in an interview on Friday.  Ants that were an inch long, the stinger as large as the head.  He texted his mother June 1 to say he needed help, but due to poor service he couldnt get through to her. He was reported missing by his mother the same day.  When youre in the mountains and everyone is yelling, everything echoes so you cant tell where the original sound is coming from, McClatchy said.  He texted his mother June 1 to say he needed help, but due to spotty cellphone service he couldnt reconnect with her. He was reported missing by his mother the same day I immediately got swarmed by ants, so I dropped everything and got out of there, he said. When I say I got out of there, I was around the general area, just trying to avoid the ants. Thankfully I was in long sleeves, McClatchy added. That first night I learned to tuck everything in, so I had my wool socks and had my pants tucked in to my wool socks. I had long sleeves, I tucked everything in. It could have been much worse. McClatchy said he stuck to following streams so he knew he would have a good source of water and because of his careful precautions was lucky to escape relatively unharmed.  McClatchy said he stuck to following streams so he knew he would have a good source of water and because of his careful precautions was lucky to escape relatively unharmed Despite suffering a cut on his forehead requiring stitches and some mild dehydration but was finally able to find help and was pictured smiling and talking to emergency responders in the ambulance.   The grateful hiker described his rescuers as heroes and thanked the hospital staff for being absolutely amazing.  McClatchy, who has bipolar disorder, was without his medication for almost a week. Im in one of the best spots mentally that Ive been in for a long time, he said. I have an incredible support team around me and Im fortunate because not everyone has that, he said. My outlook is so different now, Im so grateful. The comments below have not been moderated. By posting your comment you agree to our . Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual. Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. Well ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook. You can choose on each post whether you would like it to be posted to Facebook. Your details from Facebook will be used to provide you with tailored content, marketing and ads in line with our . Published by Associated Newspapers Ltd Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday Metro Media Group

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