Hike in Vancouver: Hikers are advised to play it safe as North Shore Rescue responds to 4 calls in 12 hours
VANCOUVER – This weekend, Krisha Maclang and Kayren Sanghera were planning a trip to Bowen Lookout in West Vancouver, when they realized they might not be prepared.
Both men stopped at the AdventureSmart tent at Cypress base before embarking on their hike and were told there was still a significant blanket of snow on the upper trails.
“I didn’t expect there to be snow,” Sanghera said, and when he passed her on the trail, he realized that her shoes wouldn’t be up to the standard. task.
Making the right decision, the couple turned around, deciding instead to find another trail at a lower elevation.
But not everyone made the same wise decision this weekend.
North Shore Rescue had a busy Saturday, with four different calls for help. This included a serious back injury when a hiker slipped and fell into a tree pit, a twisted knee and a twisted ankle.
Then, on Saturday night, they received a call for an apparent avalanche with four people affected and one with a broken leg.
“We scrambled very quickly,” said research director Peter Haigh.
But when the crews got to the mountain, they found there had been no avalanche.
“We finally figured out that yes there was a snow slide, a little snow fell and a person was pushed into a tree and twisted his ankle.
Two helicopters and up to 20 volunteer SAR crew members responded to what ended up being a much less serious call.
“It’s the best way to have it, of course, as a result, but it would be nice to get a realistic report on the situation,” Haigh said.
At this time of year, people are often fooled into thinking that the mountains will be as hot as the city, when in reality it is still cold and snowy on the hills.
“There is still a snowpack (on the mountains of the Côte-Nord), so we have to consider shoes, always using microspikes (on boots), a walking stick, sunscreen, it’s a little this season we have to think about everything because the conditions are going to change, ”said Sandra Riches, general manager of BC AdventureSmart.
“Take the time to plan your trip, get the right training, and take these essentials with you, every time.”
North Shore Rescue says its most common calls are for crooked ankles, which can often be avoided by wearing hiking boots with good ankle support.
He is currently on track for another record year of rescue calls.
“In British Columbia there is an average of 1,700 search and rescue calls each year, last year we had just over 2,000 search and rescue calls,” said Riches.
“We have to be responsible hikers.”
Despite the stern warnings, both organizations say any hiker who finds himself stranded, injured or lost should always call for help, which can be done by calling 911.
“There is no search and rescue charge and you don’t need search and rescue insurance to come find you,” Riches said.
For Sanghera and Maclang, they said they would plan future hikes better, making sure they have layers and the right gear.
“(AdventureSmart) gave us this kit which I thought was really cool… it has a blanket, a whistle and everything like general advice,” Maclang said.
For more information on what to bring and how to prepare, AdventureSmart offers weekly seminars.