A snowshoer who went missing on Cypress Mountain Saturday afternoon was able to walk down safely on his own Sunday morning.

The 40-year-old man was hiking with his dog. He texted his wife from the top of Mount Strachan to say he would be coming down, but was four hours overdue when she called police and North Shore Rescue for help finding him.

As of 11:20 p.m., four field teams from North Shore Rescue had been dispatched to find the man. They were able to locate his track, but didn’t find him before having to suspend the search because of darkness.

Search manager Doug Pope told CTV News that fresh snow made the avalanche risk in the search area considerable, but said the man’s relative experience and preparedness would serve him well.

“Hopefully he’s not injured and he’s just hunkered down under a tree,” Pope said.

The man and his dog managed to walk down safely on their own around 7 a.m. Sunday.