hikers rescued from the same area/hike that hiker with minimal gear was never found ... they triggered a PLB
looks like a serious hike ... the question is what gear would you bring and how much extra margin of error for food and fuel ... and a spot/plb?
or would you even try it without a spot/plb?
Fools Gold tricks three hikers near Coquitlam
Three experienced hikers who were trapped between swollen creeks on a notoriously difficult mountain route were helicoptered to safety Tuesday afternoon.
“Don’t do the Fools Gold route,” Mark White, 29, told a waiting crowd gathered in a parking lot on the south end of Pitt Lake near Coquitlam after he emerged from the chopper.
White and his friends Cory Richardson, 25, and Mark Coleman, 23, set out from Squamish on Friday prepared to slog their way through the unforgiving terrain almost exactly a year after 35-year-old Tyler Wright died trying to make the same trek alone. Despite an extensive search, his body has never been found.
“Everything was going well for a solid bushwack,” White said. “It was moving along until we got to a creek called Disc Creek. It was far too swollen because there was too much snowpack this year. We spent half a day going up and down the creek trying to find a place to cross. We weren’t able to do that so we camped the night.”
Overnight, it began to pour. On Monday morning, the group decided to check the creek one more time, but after realizing it would be impossible to cross, they began to backtrack.
“All the creeks we passed before had become so swollen we weren’t able to go out the way we came in,” White said.
That’s when they decided to activate a locator beacon that notified the Department of National Defense they were in trouble. The DND then let local search and rescue teams know where they were.
Coquitlam Search and Rescue members praised the men for being prepared and said the technology meant rescuers cut down on the time and resources needed to locate them.
“These guys did everything they could possibly do,” said Rollie Webb, a team leader with SAR. “They left a trip plan and took an alerting device. They had a great itinerary set out. The one thing that didn’t cooperate was the weather.”
After waiting out the clouds that prevented the helicopter from flying, the team found the group, who set off several flares upon spotting the chopper, pulled them up one-by-one and took them to a nearby beach. When all three were plucked from the route, they loaded into the chopper and flew to waiting friends and family.
“I’d like to thank everybody involved,” said Linda Coleman, Mark’s mother. “They’ve done a phenomenal job. It’s such a wonderful outcome. It’s better than Christmas.”