North Shore Rescue is warning the public, hikers who trespass in the colder months are putting themselves and rescuers in danger.
“We still do see a large number of calls in those closed area through the winter”.
Doug Pope with North Shore Rescue says hiking in the winter is a completely different ball game.
The chances of getting lost because of snow are high and there’s also hypothermia to consider.
“The stakes go up for us as well. This time of year the rescue get more difficult because we have the same shorter light window means we have less use of helicopter. We’re putting rescuers in difficult terrain in the dark which increases our risk”.
In addition to hikers, Pope says the team is called in to help find lost or injured skiers and snowboarders.
“Hiking in the winter in conditions like we’re starting to have on the north shore now is a completely different ball game then in the summer”
Many trails in the North Shore have closed their gates for the winter season.
Pope is reminding hikers of all levels to be careful. The stakes are higher.
“We have a shorter light window, obviously lower temperatures and the risk of hypothermia. The trail gets difficult to follow. Once there’s a layer of now on the trail itself we find people lose trail a lot easier and get into difficulty that way”
Trails closed include Hanes Valley, Coliseum Mountain, Lynn Lake, Crown Mountain and Goat Mountain.