PORTLAND, Ore. A day hike turned into a late night rescue after a pair of hikers got lost on the Multnomah Falls trails.
According to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s office, the couple called 911 around 9:30 p.m., Saturday. They texted rescuers a picture of a nearby sign and crews were able to find them and bring them back down by midnight.
Search and Rescue volunteers say the hikers did the right thing, but were also lucky as many hiking spots within the Columbia River Gorge do not have cell service. Now, crews are hoping hikers heed their warning to take to the trail prepared.
“I know how to take care of myself and the people I go out with, but I know there’s a lot of people out there that don’t,” Multnomah County Search and Rescue volunteer Wade Sadler told KATU News.
Every year, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office estimates their crews go out on 100 hiker rescues. Day hikes, they say, are the number one thing people get lost doing.
Sadler recommends anyone taking to the trails bring a map, basic first aid kid, flashlight or headlamp, emergency blanket, additional layers and a fire starting kit. These tools are in addition to having a least one liter of water and food, like a few energy bars, on hand.
Experts say bringing a compass, multi-tool, water purification tabs and back-up cell phone battery can also help. Crews say many hikers run out of battery before they can call 911 or shortly after because they’ve spent the day taking pictures along the trail.
“Yeah, it’s really not a lot to take with you and it really could save your life,” Sadler continued.