Hiker Lost For 24 Hours Ignored Rescuers’ Calls Because Number Was Unrecognized

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A hiker found themselves in a predicament while scaling Mount Elbert, the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains. Setting off at 9 a.m. on October 18, they anticipated completing the trail within the usual seven-hour timeframe. However, concern arose when they failed to return by 8 p.m., prompting a search effort by rescuers. Despite attempts to reach the hiker via phone, there was no response. As the night progressed, the search intensified, with five LCSAR team members scouring the typical areas where lost individuals are found until 3 a.m. The following morning at 7 a.m., three more team members resumed the search.

Fortunately, the hiker, who remained unidentified, eventually made their way back to their lodging and informed the search team around 9:30 a.m. Interestingly, throughout the ordeal, the hiker was unaware of the rescue mission launched on their behalf.

Lake County Search and Rescue relayed the incident on Facebook, revealing that the hiker had lost the trail at nightfall and spent the night searching before eventually finding their way back to their car the next morning, nearly 24 hours after commencing their hike. Notably, the post emphasized the importance of answering calls from unknown numbers, especially when overdue according to one’s itinerary, as it could be a search and rescue team attempting to verify one’s safety.

Responding to comments, LCSAR underscored the difficulty of making rational decisions when lost and panicked, noting that the operation of search and rescue teams may not be common knowledge nationwide. The hiker likely dismissed the calls as spam amidst their efforts to navigate the trails, which were obscured by snow above the treeline, a common occurrence until late June.

In addition to heeding calls from local search and rescue teams, hikers are advised to follow several safety measures while on the trail:

  • Carry an ample supply of water to prevent dehydration.
  • Dress in layers and bring rain gear to adapt to changing weather conditions.
  • Avoid hiking alone; inform someone of your whereabouts and return time if venturing solo.
  • Pack snacks, a flashlight, bug spray, and a first aid kit alongside water and extra layers.
  • Adhere to trail regulations, stay on designated paths, and refrain from littering or feeding wildlife.
  • Equip yourself with sturdy, waterproof hiking boots for support and protection.
  • Apply sun protection to guard against high-altitude sunburn, wearing sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.
  • Pace yourself during hikes and select trails appropriate for your skill level, whether easy, moderate, or strenuous, to ensure a safer and more enjoyable experience. Proper preparation enhances trail safety and overall enjoyment.

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