No rest on the mountains for the North Shore Rescue team this year.
Search manager Doug Pope says the team is once again stretched thin.
Pope says volunteers have logged 71 calls to date.
In comparison, the team answered to 60 calls by the end of July 2015.
“That’s 15 to 20 per cent more calls for an organization that was run off its feet last year.”
And this July has seen an uptick with 17 calls this month alone, compared to just nine last July.
“Typically are busiest period is right about now. An example would be the August long weekend where we may get 5 or more calls when not all our members are in town.”
Pope says the team is frustrated.
The team answers to a mix of calls between locals and tourists.
“That’s what we’re seeing, we’re seeing more unprepared people, and more chances of injuries, those things are coming together and our services are being called upon more often.”
Last year, NSR said 2015 was its busiest year in its 50 year history with a record breaking 137 calls.
Pope says the team is well on it’s way to beat that.