Good news for some lost hikers in the North Shore Mountains Friday night.
North Shore Rescue responded to two nearly-simultaneous calls that came in shortly after 7:30.
The first was for a young woman who had gotten lost trying to hike to Goat Mountain from the Grouse Grind, ending up on Mount Fromme.
Search Manager Doug Pope.
“She had spent a long afternoon lost on the mountain, but we were able to bring her out uninjured.”
The second call was for a young man hiking from the parking lot at Mount Seymour, intending to hike to the third peak.
He decided to turn back at Tim Jones Peak, but took a wrong turn.
The man managed to make a call to 9-1-1 with a nearly dead phone, but police were able to lock onto his co-ordinates
“We sent a team in by helicopter and dropped them in close to those co-ordinates, and they were able to locate him quite quickly, bring him to the helicopter, and we flew him out.”
He was also safe, if a bit cold.
Pope says both calls had a common thread.
“It was two people hiking alone that didn’t know the terrain very well, weren’t carrying a map or a compass or anything really to navigate with other than their phones… and ended up lost because of it.”
He recommends people hike with a buddy, research the area, and to pack physical maps along with a compass – and learn how to use them, instead of just relying on their phones.
Pope adds bringing a GPS as a back-up is also a good idea.