It’s been another frustrating weekend for North Shore Rescue members after a trio of incidents they say were easily preventable.
Sunday afternoon, search manager Jeff Yarnold says an overdue hiker was found stranded on a steep rock-face way off Crown Mountain, 24 hours after setting out on his journey.
“If you look at the history of single hikers in that area who get off route or lost, the survivability there is definitely very low. This guy was extremely lucky,” says Yarnold.
Single hikers aren’t always putting safety first
In two other cases, Yarnold says another single hiker decided to tackle the challenging Howe Sound Crest Trail and a dog needed to be rescued on Saint Marks after falling off a 140-foot cliff.
Yarnold says in all three cases, it was a combination of negligence and lack of common sense which required the rescues.
“People undertaking hikes into the Hanes Valley… It’s a remote mountain setting in challenging terrain, and we’ve got people going out there like they’re going for a walk in the park, it’s going to result in more deaths if that keeps up.”
Yarnold also says many people are depending on cell phones working during their excursions, when satellite transmitters are much more reliable.