A close call for an inexperienced hiker on the North Shore Sunday evening.
“Don’t think he anticipated the hike being as long as it was, and then once it started to get dark, he got off trail and that’s when he really started to panic. And we also had some pretty significant rainfall at that time so he was getting cold and wet.”
North Shore Rescue Team Leader Mike Danks says they were notified just after 5 o’clock by the RCMP that there were several dropped 911 calls.
“He had a really really poor cell signal, so he got lucky that he was able to make that call.”
Danks says his team found the 25 year old man around 6:45 on Cedar Tree Trail.
“Over the course of the next 45 minutes, we were able to get some coordinates off his cell phone, and determine he was on the west side of Lynn Creek.”
He says with some dry clothes, food, warm fluids and some motivation from the team, the hiker was able to make his way back down.
“We get that people are going to hike on their own, but if you’re gonna do that, you should be on a trail that’s well travelled in case you do run into trouble, with the hopes that someone will come across you. But the trail that he was on, is not very well travelled, especially at that time at night.”
“Lesson learned here is that it does get dark earlier, we always recommend that you hike with someone else, and do your research on the hike that you’re going to be doing.”
Danks also recommends at this time of year, to stick to the trails that are well-traveled.