TWO UBC students ended up on the wrong path in the North Shore backcountry Tuesday after failing to bring a map or account for fading summer light.
The pair spent the afternoon hiking near Quarry Rock in Deep Cove on Aug. 20 when they lost track of the Baden Powell Trail and found themselves in somewhat alien surroundings.
North Shore Rescue typically attempts to pinpoint a stranded hiker's location with smartphone GPS coordinates. In this case, both hikers favoured older cellphones without GPS.
The wayward hikers, both in their late 20s, described seeing a dock and power lines. Their description was enough for NSR, who scrambled a team and ushered the students to Quarry Rock.
RCMP officers gave the students a ride to Vancouver. There were no injuries.
Hikers tend to overlook the importance of flashlights in late summer, according to NSR team leader Tim Jones.
"We start to see people being stranded in darkness - that's a common trend we see towards early fall," Jones said. "People should have either local terrain knowledge or have a map of the area with them."
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