By Scanner Andrew
Report of a dehydrated hiker needing rescue near Inspiration Point and Cathedral Peak Trail.
Search and Rescue assisting
Copter 4 is responding, patient needs to be hoisted
Copter 4 is on scene
Copter 4 has the patient on board, enroute to Cottage
Copter 4 at Cottage
I hope the hiker got a window seat, that is an expensive ride.
It is August and this week is exceptionally hot. Hike early or late and BRING ENOUGH WATER!
I hiked this trail a few days ago and people really need to observe hiking best practices. The number of people with little to no water, wearing jeans or bad shoes, and/or not having sun protection was concerning. I had to give some of my water away because a man’s dog was overheated. Even if a trail like Inspiration Pt. is popular and frequented by beginners, conditions can be dangerous!
love reading the comments on rescues. suddenly, everyone is a pro and a know it all and has never made a mistake themselves. awesome....
Send them the bill ! They might learn something about RESPONSIBILITY . But then again, probably not !
i rest my case....
look, who are you to judge this scenario? were you there? were you part of this persons planning and so on? do you know them? were you also out hiking during the same time frame? i would assume these answers are all NO, that being said, you have no right or basis to judge. unless you were there.
The story tells itself without your ridiculous comments.
He went hiking in severe heat (stupid to begin with) and did NOT have enough water with him : doubling down on his stupidity !
Maybe we should post more signs telling people what they should do!
My guess is that a sign isn't going to get anyone to drink more water
They have signs at the top of the trails into the Grand Canyon. But people still enter the canyon unprepared. It’s all fun and games on the way down. Then they get hot, thirsty and tired, and can’t make it back up. There are even stories about specific individuals who perished on specific trails, posted right near the beginnings of those trails. Still some people pay no attention. But I bet some do.
I understand what you're saying, Zerohawk, but people who hike need to know about hydration. I've told people I've seen starting a hot uphill hike in the afternoon with little water that they really needed more H2O, and heard mostly "oh, we'll be fine" or similar in response. "What does that old lady know? I'm young and tough." Ending up needing to be airlifted out is a pretty expensive and painful price to pay for not learning that heat and elevation gain can dry you out very fast!
things happen. like i said earlier, unless you were there and know this person and were part of the planning and hiking on that exact day, location and so on, you can't really say anything valid about it. i've been hiking since i was 10, that's over 43 years of experience. i've backpacked hundreds of miles of backcountry and front country trails, i've hiked the John Muir trail and other trails at high elevation, i've hiked death valley's white mountains too. i have gotten dehydrated during mild weather, sipping water, and a moderate climb. it doesn't matter, sometimes your body just can't handle it and no preparation can deter that when it happens. often times, meals and rests the days prior affect your hydration.
ZeroHawk.... Seems like you prefer sticking to only safe, marked, and well-traveled trails and know your limits. The people who go hiking on unmarked trails without proper provisions are the ones who need rescuing. Similar to the Barney surfers who go out when the waves are double-overhead and need to be saved by the authorities all the time. It may be time to implement some sort of proof that you have been trained how to hike our trails.
ZEROHAWK - So, how many times, in your 43 years of hiking experience, have you had to be airlifted off of a trail. You seem to be making a lot of excuses for people's lack of responsibility...
But things can and do happen that are unpredictable and not preventable. Certainly a lot of people make dumb mistakes… but in the absence of that specific knowledge there is no way to know so blanket condemnations of anyone needing help are silly…
The taxpayers paid for that county ride.
Edney, exactly might point. People gonna do what they want!
I have said it before here, before cell phones these things worked themselves out in a different way. Every time an air rescue is performed it puts a crew at risk. It is ridiculous to use these resources for someone hiking midday without water or a sprained ankle.
So we shouldn't rescue someone who sprains their ankle on a hike? What?
Before cell phones people didn't die on trails from a sprained ankle, they found a way home. Now too many folks assume that help is just a phone call away, even in the wilderness (although none of our highly-trafficked front country trails can be considered wilderness). This ill-prepared hiker would have likely been able to get water from another hiker on Jesusita, except all the smart people don't hike midday during a heatwave.
Looks like a business opportunity for an enterprising kid with a lemonade/water stand.
Bill him. If he can't pay, arrange for him to work it off. If he could hike that far, he's fit enough to work. Knowing about hydration isn't knowing how to complicated math.
Bill him/her. Stupid should be its own reward.
bunch of arm chair hikers here!
ZEROHAWK - I guess the words "risk mitigation" aren't in your vocabulary.