A trail runner is warning others to keep an eye out after becoming ensnared on a Grouse Mountain trail Tuesday.
Chris Beveridge was out for her regular run on the BCMC Trail shortly before 2 p.m. when she tripped and found a wire wrapped around her leg.
"I was probably only about 10 minutes from the top, so within the last quarter of the BCMC," said Beveridge. "I just went to avoid some rocks and roots and went in between a couple of trees and I tripped."
Beveridge said she looked down and thought she was caught on some wires, but when she tried to move forward she fell. She then unwound the wire from her leg and when she looked up, she realized it was tied to the tree.
'When I started pulling on it, I saw that it was attached to the tree and it went up over 20 feet," she said. "It was attached very tight."
After coiling the wire at the base of the tree, Beveridge reported it to guest services on Grouse Mountain and the RCMP, who told her to leave the wire behind and they would collect it the next day.
"I guess they couldn't find it because I did go back and remove it the next day," she said. She took wire cutters with her but when she returned the wire was not where she had left it.
"Someone had moved it, I don't know for what purpose but it was really hard to see," said Beveridge. "It's a very thin wire but it's got like a black rubber coating on it, very pliable."
Beveridge said she has a bruise on the back of her leg from where the wire caught her. She said she has been running the BCMC Trail for around 14 years and usually runs it about three times a week but has never had this happen before.
"I was very shocked," she said. "To me it wasn't an accident, it didn't just happen that someone left it behind there."
Beveridge said that although the BCMC is not as busy as the Grind, she saw three people with dogs that day.
"I just want other people to be careful and to keep their eyes open."
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