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Apr 30, 2012 7:33 AM by Kate Richards

Hiker survives four days alone with broken foot

CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) - A woman who survived alone for four days in Utah's rugged wilderness says the hunger and pain weren't the worst challenge she faced.

Victoria Grover says dealing with "incredible" boredom and severe cold were the toughest part of her ordeal. Temperatures at night dropped into the low 30s.

The 59-year-old veteran hiker became stranded during a day-long hike when she broke her leg while jumping from a 4-foot ledge. She was found on Saturday.

By then, she was holed up along a creek, suffering from hypothermia.

Grover is a physician assistant from Maine. She's recovering at a southern Utah hospital, where doctors expect her to make a full recovery.

She told reporters she survived by sleeping in shade during the day when highs were in the 50s and low 60s. She stayed awake at night while curled up in a poncho that she says helped save her life by serving as a wind breaker.

And while waiting for rescuers to arrive, she says, she played mind games and recited poetry -- and "prayed a lot." She says she "derived comfort" from the thought that God would -- as she put it -- "do everything possible to help me overcome my stupidity."

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