The Douglas County Sheriff's Department says 46-year-old Jennifer Brown went to the Devil's Head Trail area in the Pike National Forest to do some rock searching, or hounding, on her own.
Her husband told authorities his wife left between noon and 1 p.m. on Sunday, and he got worried when she didn't come home. He says he later found her white SUV near a microwave tower when he went to go look for her.
Brown says she got lost while searching for rocks.
"It can happen in a second... and there I am standing with just my rock hammer, my shorts and my shirt and a whole lot of wilderness," she said.
She says she set her pack down for just a moment to look at a nearby rock, and she lost her way and her supplies.
"I had to work really hard not to panic," Brown said.
When it got dark, she says she covered herself with logs and brush to stay warm and wait out the night.
Sherriff's say a search for her was launched at midnight.
Brown was found shortly after 6 a.m. on Monday. Authorities say she was dehydrated and tired, but OK.
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