Six people were rescued in six separate incidents on local hiking trails this week, according to reports from the Phoenix Fire Department.
On Saturday morning, firefighters rescued a 28-year-old woman who had overheated while hiking the National Trail in South Mountain Park and Preserve.
Crews were called around 9am and found the woman at the top of the trail. After examining her, crews determined that she was in stable but dehydrated condition.
The woman was led to the trail with the assistance of a Phoenix Park ranger and taken to a local hospital for treatment, the fire department said.
On Friday afternoon, two more women were rescued due to overheating and dehydration at the Echo Canyon trailhead at Camelback Mountain.
A 48 year old female was found at the top of the trail and brought down with a big wheel operation.
A 64-year-old woman was found along the trail complaining of dehydration. Firefighters helped her down the mountain.
Once off the trail, fire crews reassessed the women, who were both later taken to local hospitals in stable condition.
On Thursday morning, another woman was also rescued off Camelback Mountain.
The 20-year-old patient told firefighters she felt dizzy and could not continue on the trail.
After being examined by firefighters, the woman said she could complete her descent with the help of firefighters. Once down, the crews assessed her again. She was then taken home by family members.
In another incident earlier this week, a woman in her 40s was rescued off Piestewa Peak Trail in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve.
The woman was dehydrated and unable to descend the trail, firefighters said. The patient was then evacuated by air and transported to hospital in an ambulance.
A hiker was assisted by North Mountain firefighters after being injured on Sunday. It’s unclear what the injury was, but the person was able to return to the parking lot alone and was refused transport to the hospital, according to the Phoenix Fire Depart.
Phoenix Parks and Recreation advises hikers to follow this checklist when planning a hike:
- Watch the weather. Yes, “it’s dry heat” – but Arizona’s temperature can be deceiving and deadly. Hike when it’s cool outside, try early morning and evening when there is more shade.
- Be dressed properly. Wear appropriate footwear, clothing, hat and sunscreen.
- Bring water. Hydrate before you go. Have plenty of water, more than you think you need. Turn around and head back to the trailhead before you drink half your water.
- To stay in contact. Bring a cell phone.
- Be honest. Do you have a medical condition? Asthma, heart problems, diabetes, knee or back problems? Don’t force yourself! (Even trained athletes have been caught off guard by becoming dehydrated on Arizona trails.)
- Don’t be a forerunner. Enjoy the beautiful, undeveloped landscape of the Sonoran Desert, but stay on designated trails.
- Take responsability. Don’t be “that person” – the one who was unprepared, shouldn’t have been there for health reasons, or ignored safety instructions. Be the responsible hiker, who hikes and does it well!
Republic reporter Angela Cordoba Perez contributed to this article.
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