Whether you’re a local or tourist, you’ve probably googled top 10 places to hike in Vancouver or top 10 places to Ski.
North Shore Rescue has come out with a list of their own — the cheeky headline reads “top 5 places to rescue people from.”
“Over the years I’ve seen lots of top 5 lists and best places to hike in Vancouver. A lot of the times these sites are posting some of these hikes in the winter, and some of them are definitely not good hikes in the winter.”
Team member John Blown penned the message. He says it’s meant to remind back country enthusiasts of the dangers that they, and rescuers, face when ignoring the rules or heading out unprepared.
Hanes Valley was listed as number one; Blown says the team “loves” the hike because it’s huge area with no cell coverage.
By loves — Blown really means it can be the most difficult to locate someone.
“I was being cheeky and trying to be funny, I though people would find it a little more entertaining, and I was hoping people would share it more.”
Hoping the intended funny post would catch the public’s attention, he writes “Hiking down after lost hikers into gullies called ‘Suicide’ can be exciting.”
“That Suicide Gully which the name implies, it’s not a gully you want to end up in intentional. In the winter we have quite a few people heading into Suicide Gully, snowboarders and skiers.”
North Shore Rescue has fielded 100 calls so far this year.