That’s the best way to describe how a member of North Shore Rescue feels about hikers who aren’t prepared for winter conditions.
In a blog post by NSR team member John blown, he writes:
“OK Vancouver hikers – we need to have a talk – it is winter in the mountains, and apparently most people do not know this”.
Several North shore trails closed its gates last week and the NSR team warned the public of dangers of hiking this time of year.
Apparently, the message isn’t getting out there.
While out on Wednesday, Blown writes he saw hikers dressed for the summer in jeans and without proper gear. He lists other mistakes he saw while on the mountain, including:
- Leather street shoes with zero tread
- Bo jackets, gloves, toques or backpacks
- No maps or knowledge of the trail
- Lots of hoodies, which he says are fine in the city but “wet cotton hoodie will kill you in the mountains – helping you freeze to death very quickly
He adds the rescue team doesn’t need anymore unnecessary rescues or fatalities this year.
Then he provides a comprehensive list of what people need to take with them if they are heading up into the mountains.