Montecito Hot Springs Trail Rescue

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By Nelson Roosendahl

January 5th rescue on Hot Springs Trail


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Basicinfo805 Jan 05, 2023 01:28 PM
Montecito Hot Springs Trail Rescue

Trail rescues are a hot trend these days, especially in Cito. Go out clueless and expect a bailout, free of charge. And go hit Jeanine’s for a latte afterwards. Bonus points for posting your harrowing rescue on your social media account for lots of upvotes/likes.

a-1672973685 Jan 05, 2023 06:54 PM
Montecito Hot Springs Trail Rescue

Even bigger trend, that you're a ringleader for, is media bias! Just because you read about it in the news more doesn't mean it's happening more often.

Lina24 Jan 06, 2023 12:06 PM
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BASIC, Pray that you or your loved ones don't fall ill, twist an ankle, or worse, have a heart attack while out hiking someday and then have to come home and read some nasty diatribe like the one you just posted. I was a Forest Tech in the field and in Dispatch for many years and every year we had numerous SAR calls to save mostly children and the elderly from misfortunes incurred while hiking. As a wise man once said, "There, but for the grace of God go I".

Basicinfo805 Jan 05, 2023 04:35 PM
Montecito Hot Springs Trail Rescue

I’m neither complaining nor whining, as you asserted. I’m simply pointing out what I think is a trend in lack of personal responsibility. It’s my opinion.

Voice of Reason Jan 05, 2023 04:55 PM
Montecito Hot Springs Trail Rescue

I have noticed that trend as well. Most likely the result of those in their 30's and younger who grew up in a time where everyone got a participation trophy.

915films Jan 05, 2023 09:29 PM
Montecito Hot Springs Trail Rescue

Of all the daily trips, on all the trails, what percentage need rescued, either by personal irresponsibility or pure accident? The circumstances of this one weren't given. Either way, I don’t think you can call it part of a trend. Just gives you all some more to bitch about.

sacjon Jan 06, 2023 09:36 AM
Montecito Hot Springs Trail Rescue

915 - it's the same ilk that, upon hearing about a retail theft, cries and moans about how CA is allowing criminals to run free. Just more Con-Drama Queens.

letmego Jan 06, 2023 10:10 AM
Montecito Hot Springs Trail Rescue

I personally know 2 people who have had to be rescued from trails. Both experienced hikers in their late 40s/ early 50s who just...tripped, slipped, fell. It happens.

Ahchooo Jan 06, 2023 10:29 AM
Montecito Hot Springs Trail Rescue

Keep in mind that the local population has grown and grown, so there will be more incidents of all kinds of things. More people means more hikers, and therefore more trail rescues.

AQUAHOLIC Jan 05, 2023 04:44 PM
Montecito Hot Springs Trail Rescue

Here's a thought....stay the heck off of our trails until they dry out a bit more... your hiking shoes, bicycle tires and horse hooves contribute to trail DAMAGE.

Getoffmylawn Jan 05, 2023 10:29 PM
Montecito Hot Springs Trail Rescue

What is the thought process when people decide to go on a hike during the worst weather in years. These people win the trophy for dumbest start of the year

sacjon Jan 06, 2023 12:54 PM
Montecito Hot Springs Trail Rescue

GETOFFMYLAWN - not all of us have made a life commitment to sitting indoors and complaining. You'd be surprised how many happy people there are outside!

ZeroHawk Jan 06, 2023 03:33 PM
Montecito Hot Springs Trail Rescue

would you rather everyone be like you and hide indoors and troll people online for actually getting out there and living life? ok boomer...

Alexblue Jan 06, 2023 04:05 PM
Montecito Hot Springs Trail Rescue


Personally, I have been in some very hairy situations on the water--and I have NEVER had to make a call nor has anyone put in a call on my behalf. I live my life the way I want and I approach situations reasonably--if I push my limits then that's my risk and my business.

If I ever push too far and need help, guess what, that's what those paid professionals (paid by my and our tax dollars) are there for and those folks who volunteer and do this work for free, and bless them for it, are choosing to be there to help people who may misjudge things or have a medical or other issue out of their control.

Sh@t happens when you leave the house and when you live your life. You don't want to live your life completely? Stay home and watch television shows about other people doing what you can't. You're not there trying to help anyone, so how does it impact you? It doesn't.

montecito_matt Jan 06, 2023 11:33 AM
Montecito Hot Springs Trail Rescue

Regardless of the circumstances, so thankful to have all these folks available to help in another person's time of need. Great work by first responders, volunteer SAR and Montecito Fire!

ZeroHawk Jan 06, 2023 03:37 PM
Montecito Hot Springs Trail Rescue

i knew i would see rude and obnoxious posts from the usual suspects here chiding people for needing help and living life. to each of you and you know who you are, we will have a chat someday when my dogs and i are saving you or a family member of yours. i had a guy once that i knew online. Major troll just like a lot of you. He would bash the SAR, bash people that SAR saved...just like you do. Then one day we got a call in Cito, swift water rescue. Dogs stayed in the truck. I got to him first and while saving his dumb@zz, i informed him who i was. The look on his face is still in my mind today. So at some point we may meet and I'll have to do my job. Then again, most of you complainers are just arm chair warriors too afraid to leave their houses....

Basicinfo805 Jan 06, 2023 04:38 PM
Montecito Hot Springs Trail Rescue

Nobody is bashing SAR or any other law enforcement here dude. You’re way off by saying that. You’d also be surprised to know how many of us aren’t what you think we are - armchair warriors? Not. I’m out all the time - the more remote the better, but I don’t expect to be rescued when I’m walking a trail or surfing, like I did today. Don’t assume.

Babycakes Jan 07, 2023 08:38 AM
Montecito Hot Springs Trail Rescue

BacicInfo805: Sorry that you are getting bashed for no reason by those who have the slightest disagreement with you. One thing that you must understand is that volunteer SAR people are much appreciated, especially by those who are aided by these folks. From coast to coast and without fail, nearly all of the people attracted to do volunteer SAR fit a certain profile:
- A willingness to help those in need.
- Always ready to go/go/go on a moment's notice.
- Wannabe cops/LE/Fire.
- Need to talk about the details of rescues...."I did this. I did that. I saved this person and that dog and that surfer and that hiker." It's called "hero syndrome" by many. Actual professional cops/fire/rescue personnel only talk about incidents when asked and they do not want to relive the incident over and over and over.
- Make sure that everyone knows that they are part of SAR. LE/Fire keep things kind of quiet after incidents occur.
- Many have trucks, quite often red in color, with stickers on the back indicating they are SAR or product advertising for the tools/equipment they use....basically, a conversation starter.

God bless our local SAR volunteers. SAR always provides members with something exciting to talk about and fulfills a need within, while helping those who are in dire need of help. Basically, a win-win-win for everyone. Thank you, SB SAR folks!!!

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