Bend, OR -

An 82-year-old retired doctor from Bend says he really didn't need the helicopter ride that others insisted on when they saw him making his way slowly down Oregon's third-highest mountain. But he went anyway.

On Monday, Robert "Franc" Haynes, a hiker and long-distance runner, was descending after his annual hike to the top of South Sister.

A Forest Service worker says Haynes was exhausted and making less than six-tenths of a mile per hour.

Haynes tells the Bend Bulletin ( two people told him they wouldn't leave him alone on the mountain.

Haynes had already spent a night there and says he was prepared for another.

But, he says, the younger people weren't, so he got aboard the flight to a hospital.

Doctors checked him out and sent him home.