Two wayward hikers are safe and sound after North Shore Rescue volunteers tracked them to a confusing spot of the trail network on the edge of Grouse Mountain Monday night.
The couple set out from Lynn Canyon just before 4 p.m. and went west on the Baden Powell Trail. By 6 p.m., the pair had become turned around and decided to call for help before darkness fell.
However, unlike several recent calls for help, the rescue subjects did almost everything right, according to Tim Jones, North Shore Rescue team leader.
"He was a very calm person and was able to tell us what he could see.
From that, we were able to ascertain that he was very close to the Larsen Trail junction on BCMC," Jones said.
NSR then dispatched a three-person team to head into the area on foot from the Skyline Drive trail entrance and found the couple waiting exactly where they said they would be.
"I wish all calls were like this," Jones added with a laugh.
The couple ought to have been carrying a reliable trail map, Jones said. For that, Jones recommends buying the North Shore trail map sold at Mountain Equipment Co-op.
Anyone heading onto the trails this time of year should plan to be back to civilization before dusk, Jones added. This time of year, the sun sets around 6: 30 p.m.
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