Injured Hiker on W. Camino Cielo

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By edhat staff

A hiker was airlifted to the hospital after falling while hiking off W. Camino Cielo Saturday.

At 1:23 p.m., Santa Barbara County Firefighters received a report of a female hiker in their 30s becoming injured during a fall while hiking. Firefighters and paramedics arrived on W. Camino Cielo and were able to stabilize the moderate lower leg injury, according to public information officer Mike Eliason.

The hiker was then hoisted aboard a Santa Barbara County Air Support helicopter with paramedics and was flown to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment.


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kennydinsb Jul 11, 2021 08:13 AM
Injured Hiker on W. Camino Cielo

I was riding on W. Camino Cielo at 9:45am yesterday and it was already pushing 100 degrees. I am always amazed at how many careless hikers head out during a heatwave. This may or may not have contributed to her fall, but it reminds me of how many times rescuers must be called because someone was not prepared. Before cell phones, this woman with a moderate lower leg injury (likely ankle sprain) would have had to make it out without putting a helicopter crew at risk. Hike when it is cool and with a friend or two in case you need help.

tt69 Jul 11, 2021 10:06 AM
Injured Hiker on W. Camino Cielo

Pushing 100 degrees at 9:45? Oh please. I live up there and it was pushing 80 until the late morning. You call them "careless", but there you were on your bike, putting helicopter crews at potential risk (I'm still not sure what your point about helicopter crews and heat is, but it's hilarious that you gatekeep outdoor activities. . As far as we know, the heat didn't play a role here, so I'm again confused why all but one of your sentences mentions it. Neither did hiking with or without a friend-so I'm not sure what your last point is about.

It sounds like there was an accident; someone fell over the side plain and simple. We don't know the reasons and we have no place to extrapolate this event to all hikers that decide to hike in the heat.

Davy Brown Jul 11, 2021 09:14 AM
Injured Hiker on W. Camino Cielo

agree kennyd that hiking in these hills around 1:30 pm on extera-hot July day...uh, turn around, or at
least take major precautions (plenty water) and a strong hiking colleague...these days I'm starting uphill ca. 6:30 a.m. before work.

edney Jul 11, 2021 10:49 AM
Injured Hiker on W. Camino Cielo

Bike gear measures black asphalt road temperature not shade temerature and I'm sure that it was haot out in the boulder fields.
Without knowing more about the accident we shouldn't judge.
Thanks for reminding me of that.
Online forums bring out the worst in us. (I'm including myself in there)

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