Distressed Hiker Helicoptered Out of Los Padres National Forest

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Distressed Hiker Helicoptered Out of Los Padres National Forest
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Hurricane Deck Trail in February 2016 (Photo: Giann Franco)

A hiker with a heat-related illness was helicoptered out of the backcountry in the Los Padres National Forest on Sunday afternoon.

At 1:48 p.m., Santa Barbara County firefighters and a county helicopter responded to a medical emergency on the Hurricane Deck hiking trail in the Los Padres National Forest.

The helicopter was the first on scene and used GPS coordinates from the 911 call to locate the victim. Five hikers were discovered and one 36-year-old female was suffering from a heat-related illness due to extreme heat, said County Fire Public Information Officer Mike Eliason.

The female was hoisted and taken to Santa Barbara Airport and was then transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital by ground ambulance.

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Shasta Guy Apr 23, 2018 09:13 PM
Distressed Hiker Helicoptered Out of Los Padres National Forest

I've always wanted to do the Hurricane Deck, but the water issue has kept me away. It seems like you need to go in with about 2 gallons of water to be safe. She was lucky to get out of there alive. "Nature sets the terms, and you must choose to accept them." That quote was always on the Mt. Shasta Avalanche website for climbers considering making the climb. It's AMS that gets you on Shasta (acute mountain sickness). If you don't recognize that it's setting in, you might not be able to descend back to base camp. Heat related illness is just as insidious.

a-1561630135 Apr 22, 2018 07:29 PM
Distressed Hiker Helicoptered Out of Los Padres National Forest

Get his diapers wet . . .That gave me a good laugh. I know this comment will be down-voted, too, off the thread, but, oh well. Please: it's utterly ridiculous the amount of people who have had to be rescued off local trails. I agree completely with 50311 (whose comment will soon be deleted, too, it seems)------something should be done to help educated these clueless hikers.

millimesa Apr 22, 2018 04:57 PM
Distressed Hiker Helicoptered Out of Los Padres National Forest

Hurricane Deck isn’t comparable to a “mile from paved roadway” 7 falls hike. The SBCFD chopper is already in the air as it’s working with SBC sheriff aviation so why make a big deal who’s paying for this. Respect the real wilderness.

CivilEngineer Apr 24, 2018 11:34 AM
Distressed Hiker Helicoptered Out of Los Padres National Forest

Every hour of air time in a helicopter leads to expensive maintenance costs. Someone is paying for it. You never hear if the rescuees have learned their lesson. They are very lucky to be doing this in the age of cell phones and helicopter rescues.

Davy Brown Apr 23, 2018 08:27 AM
Distressed Hiker Helicoptered Out of Los Padres National Forest

agree with no need to bug people AND about respecting the real wilderness. The female hiker was 36 and it was a crazy hot day...the huge error here is relying on her cell phone as a way to bring the helicopter in...I've often been up on the Deck, all sides, and often there is no cell reception. Old fashioned bring water, have maps and/or GPS device, good trail buddy...

mm1970 Apr 23, 2018 09:33 AM
Distressed Hiker Helicoptered Out of Los Padres National Forest

This is a bummer. Heat is a tricky thing, some people really melt in the heat (I do, for sure). And you never know when it's going to hit you. And sometimes it gets really hot back there. I mean, it's still April. July/August, sure. But April?

a-1561630135 Apr 22, 2018 04:02 PM
Distressed Hiker Helicoptered Out of Los Padres National Forest

I don't think that there's anything that can done legally to prevent people who have no idea of how to operate in our front/back country. Every week there are one or more clueless folks who have to be rescued. Last week it was the backwards-cap wearing guy who went hiking at Seven Falls with his pit bull who lost his nerve and was too afraid to climb back down a few rocks and get his feet/diapers wet. Maybe it's time to require mandatory training if you want to use our trails. Many, probably 85 percent, are ill prepared or cannot think straight once they get out of the comforts of their home. It's sad that these people wander around without having a clue, and expect us to go save them.

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