Two Hikers Rescued Near Lizards Mouth

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Two Hikers Rescued Near Lizards Mouth
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Source: Santa Barbara County Search & Rescue

[Wednesday] evening shortly after 8pm, the Santa Barbara County Emergency Dispatch Center received a call from two lost hikers, a male and female in their early 20’s in the mountains above Goleta, CA.

The hikers had set out to hike around the Lizards Mouth area and became lost as the sun was setting. Team members were paged out for a search and began around 8:45 pm after arriving on scene to where the subjects had parked their vehicle at the trailhead. It was determined based on the GPS coordinates that had been pulled from the 911 call that the subjects were well below the popular hiking area in terrain that was very inaccessible and dense with brush.

Team members developed a plan to get a first team to the subjects as quickly as possible as they were starting to get cold from the cool mountain breeze. Team members made it to the subjects around 11 pm after a couple hours of busting through dense brush and navigating large boulder fields that can create a high-risk environment for team members in the dark even with high intensity headlamps and flashlights.

The subjects were evaluated by SBCSAR EMT members for any medical concerns and determined to be uninjured. The subjects were given water which they had run out of earlier, jackets to become warmer and protect themselves during the extraction, and headlamps for their safety on the hike out of the area. Team members were provided map/topography data from the incident operations manager and devised a plan to hike out by traversing along the 2500’ level to an old trail that was heavily overgrown to meet up with another trail to the East of the subjects location that would lead the subjects and team members out of the area and back up to West Camino Cielo and to the team and subject vehicles. The incident was complete just before 2 am Wednesday morning.

SBCSAR would like to take the opportunity to remind the recreating public to always take the essentials when going hiking, even if it is thought to be short in duration as plans can change. Some essentials include but are not limited to the following: phone with ample battery, filled water bottle, whistle, map, and appropriate clothing.

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a-1558753899 Sep 01, 2018 11:30 PM
Two Hikers Rescued Near Lizards Mouth

LUCKY777: The opposite of entitlement is responsibility. People need to take responsilbilty for and own up to their actions.

Shasta Guy Sep 01, 2018 05:27 PM
Two Hikers Rescued Near Lizards Mouth

"Do not expect to be rescued" is the advice on the Mount Shasta climbing rangers website. Yes SBCSAR rocks, but I bet they'd rather see people being a little more smart and prepared on the trails. They've been very busy lately plucking people out of the chaparral or from ledges. It seems like the only preparation some people make is having a cell phone with them, which in some settings drops the rate of survival significantly.

Lucky 777 Sep 01, 2018 11:01 AM
Two Hikers Rescued Near Lizards Mouth

The rates of people requiring rescue at all the National Parks is triple what it was 5 years ago, with Yosemite having one of the highest number of calls. There is NO doubt that these people who were uninjured on a summer night could have survived sleeping up there without this expensive extrication, and then found their way out in the morning. Maybe in the past embarrassment would have led them to do just that. Now, SBCSAR is just a phone call away. Entitlement is the opposite of gratitude.

a-1558753899 Aug 31, 2018 06:08 PM
Two Hikers Rescued Near Lizards Mouth

Probably puffing the buddha as well. Fun times. Soon as the sun set bet that high wore off in double quick time. Sure hope they weren't shrooming. Stumbling around lost in the dark would have made for a baaaaaaaad trip.

a-1558753899 Aug 31, 2018 06:04 PM
Two Hikers Rescued Near Lizards Mouth

Lost the trail, ran out of daylight, had no flashlights, ran out of water, had no jackets. Wait, don't tell me. They're from out of town. Good thing the cellphone service is good.

Shasta Guy Aug 31, 2018 05:22 PM
Two Hikers Rescued Near Lizards Mouth

SBCSAR rocks. Starting excursions into these places at sunset is generally not a great idea if you are not carrying several of the 10 Essentials and if you are not familiar with the area. I've been to LM and PG multiple times, and I wouldn't want to be there without a light after dark. I've got every boulder memorized so I might be able to make it out in the dark. Whenever I take new people I make them turnaround occasionally to look at the scenery in the direction of the trail head. If you never look back on your approach to your destination, you don't know what your return route looks like. That's really important for the Playground.

EastBeach Aug 31, 2018 12:09 PM
Two Hikers Rescued Near Lizards Mouth

The south side of WCC is a gnarly place to get lost at night. As the release says, dense brush and lots of big boulders a la the Playground. The moon wasn't very high last night but at least they had the city lights for orientation.

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