A happy ending for a hiker from Seattle this evening, who got lost in the Hollyburn area of Cypress Bowl.
North Shore Rescue Search manager Doug Pope says he called for help around five this evening, after spending several hours wandering in the bush.
“He didn’t have a map and was using his phone for navigation, which isn’t really recommended because he was only using Google Maps, and obviously it doesn’t show the terrain. So not well prepared in that way. And when he got off trail he was quite lost.”
Pope says two teams located the man, who was hiking alone, at the top of a steep cliff and walked him out uninjured.
He says the team is starting to get busy already, with the warm weather drawing flocks of hikers to the hills.
But he warns conditions are still treacherous.
“The difficulty right now is that there’s still snow up there, so people are going up thinking it’s summer up there, but it’s not. There’s still snow covering some of the trails and they’re getting off trail cause the trail’s obscured by snow still. And slips and falls on steep snow is still quite a danger up there.”
Last year, the team had the busiest year in their 50 years of operation, pulling 137 hurt or stranded hikers from the back country.