Hiker Rescued from San Ysidro Trail

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*** Trail Rescue - San Ysidro Trail (7/25/21) ***

At around 12pm [Sunday] afternoon, SBCSAR, Montecito Fire and AMR responded for a 71-year-old female hiker in distress on San Ysidro Trail about a half mile down from the top of East Camino Cielo. The hiker had reportedly become distressed in the heat and was unable to continue hiking.

Montecito Fire sent teams from the trailhead and SAR inserted teams from the top to hike down. After hiking down about 20 minutes, the first SAR team made contact with the hiker and started a medical assessment that included providing water, electrolytes and shade on the highly exposed trail above the falls and creek. A couple minutes later the first Montecito Fire team made it to the subject location and determined that IV fluids would aid the hiker and allow for a slow hike down to the trailhead for transport to her vehicle. The hiker was walked down the trail and transported to her vehicle. All teams were out of the field and returned to service just before 4pm.

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cwazny Jul 27, 2021 01:26 PM
Hiker Rescued from San Ysidro Trail

7 Tips To Avoid Heat Exhaustion
1. Stay HYDRATED
2. Get used to the heat
3. Maintain a healthy weight
4. Wear appropriate clothing
5. Be extra careful if you’re sick
6. Use the buddy system
7. Mind the temperature and time
She could/should have done all of these. Heat exhaustion IS avoidable! No excuses!

edney Jul 27, 2021 10:06 AM
Hiker Rescued from San Ysidro Trail

Thanks for the downvotes.
They reinforce the point that some people on line are humorless know it alls.
Dehydration can happen to anyone, at any age, for a multitude of reasons.
Maybe she stayed up all night slamming Jaeger shots and Natural Lights and then decided to go for a hike the next day... or maybe she got an intestinal bug that took off like a jet while she was on her hike.
Maybe she didn't take any water, or maybe she brought her usual warm day amount for a trip to the top, but this time it wasn't enough.
Maybe she usually sits around smoking and watching TV, but that day she looked up at those hills and said, "dammit I'm walking to the top"

gnusman Jul 27, 2021 09:33 AM
Hiker Rescued from San Ysidro Trail

Please support Search and Rescue, go to the website and throw money and thanks at them. They are all volunteers who put themselves at risk to rescue people in dire straits. You can argue if a hiker wasn't prepared or didn't bring enough water etc., but plenty of rescues happed to people who are prepared, knowledgeable about the backcountry et al. Your local chapter of Sierra Club trains people to be safe and comfortable in the backcountry, check them out and go on the free Outings. www.SierraClub.org/lospadres

SBTownie Jul 27, 2021 09:13 AM
Hiker Rescued from San Ysidro Trail

These comments are ridiculous. While I commented similarly on the middle of the night rescue that had to be conducted to retrieve a couple's dog (who hiked to the hotsprings in the middle of the night and apparently had their dog off the leash), this is totally different. Don't go hiking? This isn't Death Valley and it is perfectly reasonable for someone who looks to be in good shape from the photo to go hiking at the age of early 70s in coastal California in July. Some of you are really overdue for a humbling experience.

letmego Jul 27, 2021 09:43 AM
Hiker Rescued from San Ysidro Trail

I agree. San Ysidro is a tough one. It's so exposed after the waterfall - I've never made it much more than 10 minutes past the falls because why torture myself.

Lucky 777 Jul 27, 2021 09:05 AM
Hiker Rescued from San Ysidro Trail

I recommend that hikes on hot days be done in shady oak woodlands, not exposed rocky peaks. The ocean view isn't worth heat stroke.

cwazny Jul 27, 2021 03:53 PM
Hiker Rescued from San Ysidro Trail

MARCELK - In what way am I being intellectually dishonest? Intellectually, when I DECIDE to go hiking on those trails, I make a DECISION to go PREPARED. I think about what can possibly go wrong, and PREPARE for those possibilities. You're acting as if heat exhaustion is an inevitability. If that were the case, NO ONE should EVER go hiking on those trails...

cwazny Jul 27, 2021 09:50 AM
Hiker Rescued from San Ysidro Trail

MARCELK - She should have known her limitations. She's 71 years old. Is this her first hike? When exactly do we start taking personal responsibility for what we decide to do? If drinking water and taking rest breaks in the shade isn't enough to keep her from getting heat exhaustion isn't enough, then she should not have gone on that hike.

MarcelK Jul 27, 2021 09:23 AM
Hiker Rescued from San Ysidro Trail

@CWAZNY You have no idea how much water she had with her. They gave her IV fluids--presumably they would not have done that if merely drinking water was sufficient.

ZeroHawk Jul 27, 2021 09:21 AM
Hiker Rescued from San Ysidro Trail

you're just weird and have a weird perception on things. i bet you spend a LOT of time at home sitting in your chair watching TV

cwazny Jul 27, 2021 07:53 AM
Hiker Rescued from San Ysidro Trail

Getting altitude sickness is a far cry from not bring enough water with you on a hot day. She was only a half mile from the top. She should have concluded her hike much sooner if she knew she didn't have enough water. Sorry. No pass on this one.

MarcelK Jul 26, 2021 09:45 PM
Hiker Rescued from San Ysidro Trail

Thanks for being decent about it, unlike many other comments here. Medical distress can sneak up on anyone, including even the most experienced hikers. Local hiker extraordinaire Nancy Roman recently was fatally struck with altitude sickness while hiking in Peru despite being very acclimated: https://www.independent.com/obits/2021/07/19/nancy-lynn-roman/

LCP112233 Jul 26, 2021 11:09 AM
Hiker Rescued from San Ysidro Trail

It's great that we have that SBCSAR helping folks out. However, this incident could have been fully avoided. This is not a good time of year for anyone to go hiking, much less and older person. I understand the need to get our and exercise. But do it wisely.

ZeroHawk Jul 27, 2021 09:20 AM
Hiker Rescued from San Ysidro Trail

LCP, not a good time of the year to go hiking? i've lived here for 51 years. this is a perfectly fine time to go hiking. hydration and know your limits. but to say it's not the right time of the year is just weird...i have hiked both days this past weekend, 630am to noon and by noon, i'm in the waves.

cwazny Jul 26, 2021 10:18 AM
Hiker Rescued from San Ysidro Trail

Gee. 71 years old. Hiking on a hot day. Should I take enough water with me, or just chance it, and call SAR when I start to vapor lock?

cwazny Jul 27, 2021 03:13 PM
Hiker Rescued from San Ysidro Trail

MARCELK - How would "take enough water with me, or just chance it" be metaphors? And, an aortic dissection, or a burst aneurysm aren't things that you wake up one morning, and decide to do. She decided to go out on a hike, on a hot day, clearly ill-prepared. Again, when is it exactly that people are responsible for their own actions?

MarcelK Jul 27, 2021 02:34 PM
Hiker Rescued from San Ysidro Trail

Were you using "take enough water with me, or just chance it" as a metaphor too? Because there's no evidence that happened. "Never had to be rescued" -- and she most likely never had to be either, previously. Intelligent people grasp that there's a first time for everything, and that it often isn't predictable. If you have an aortic dissection or a burst aneurism, I won't pathetically virtue signal that it has never happened to me.

MarcelK Jul 27, 2021 09:27 AM
Hiker Rescued from San Ysidro Trail

Vapor lock happens to cars, not people. SARS provided shade, electrolytes, and an IV ... nowhere does it say that she didn't have any water with her.

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