A map from the Alberni Valley Rescue Squad’s Facebook page shows where two lost hikers were located at Mt. Arrowsmith on June 30. FACEBOOK PHOTO

Stranded hikers rescued on Mt. Arrowsmith

Hikers weren’t dressed for conditions, rescuers say

Two hikers visiting British Columbia kicked off their Canada Day weekend with a rescue from Mt. Arrowsmith.

Alberni Valley Rescue Squad reported that the RCMP called them out to help rescue the two hikers, who were stranded in the alpine near the summit of Arrowsmith. They were reported to only be wearing shorts and light jackets, so they were cold, according to AVRS.

“The subjects had started their hike at approximately 1 p.m.,” AVRS search manager Dave Poulsen said.

Rescue crews reached the hikers at 2 a.m. near the top of “Judge’s Route”, one of the routes to the summit. The hikers were assessed for injury and warmed up before rescuers brought them back down to the trailhead, according to AVRS.

“There were no immediate medical concerns,” Poulsen related. “Cold and banged up knees, that’s about all. Once warmed up and moving they were escorted down the mountain.”

Once the party reached the trailhead the hikers were handed over to a BC Ambulance crew.

The AVRS asks anyone enjoying the backcountry to leave a trip plan with a friend or family member, and make sure they’re prepared with essential gear—enough to spend an unanticipated night out in the bush.

The squad also advocates the use of an online trip planning site at www.adventuresmart.ca/tripplan/tripplan.php where people can log in their trip plans and learn more about safety tips for outdoor adventuring.

“The trip plan does not trigger a rescue, its to be given to a reliable friend/relative who can initiate the call for help if overdue or need,” Poulsen said. “The form provides rescuers with necessary info to initiate the search.”

editor@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

Canadians on epic journey arrive in Nanoose

Snaw-Naw-As First Nation welcomes participants of Canada C3 voyage

Kwalikum Secondary student back from year in Netherlands

Don’t pass up opportunity to travel with Qualicum Beach Rotary’s help, says Taylor Hunter

Resident slam loud dynamite blasting at Cedar Ridge Estate development

Sleigh feels insulted by Mayor Lefebrve who failed to understand their suffering

RDN creates new service to fund INfilm

Regional district to enter three year agreement with film commision for annual funding of $50,000

Bowser school asks RDN to double funding for outdoor learning area

From $30,000 to $60,000 for Tulnuxw Lelum Cultural Learning Space

VIDEO: Parksville home to new film studio

Film studio just off Highway 4A

10,000 signatures gained to stop ‘no pets’ rental policy

Pets OK BC said about 1,700 animals were surrendered to the BC SPCA last year due to housing issues

Police on motorcycles tap on windows of distracted drivers in Nanaimo

Nanaimo RCMP Supt. Cameron Miller says a police motorcycle has been effective in enforcement

Silver Creek reacts after remains found, man arrested

Neighbours of property where remains were found say man arrested was sweet and polite

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey and a celebrities attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

Fundraiser featured Foster, Steven Tyler, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli, Laura Bretan, Carly Rae Jepsen

Generals top division-leading Wolves, 5-1

Home game on tap Sunday afternoon against Victoria Cougars

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Kellers Jewellers in Lantzville suffers break-in

Incident happened around 5:30 a.m. Oct. 21, say police.

Most Read