High winds ground air search for teen inspired by 'Into the Wild'

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) High winds have grounded an air search for a young Oklahoma man inspired by the movie "Into The Wild" to test himself against the wilderness in southeastern Oregon.

Harney County Sheriff Dave Glerup said Thursday that the winds on Steen Mountain were too strong to fly safely, and they hoped for a break in the weather that would let them fly Saturday.

Nineteen-year-old Dustin Self left his family home in the Oklahoma City suburb of Piedmont a month ago.

His family said he had outfitted himself with backpacking gear and told them he would be out of touch while living on his own in the backcountry.

He was also interested in two churches in Oregon that practice a South American religion that uses a hallucinogenic tea as a sacrament.