Hikers keep straying from the trail and North Shore Rescue keeps bringing them back.
A lone hiker in his 30s veered from BCMC trail and ended up stranded in a gully near the Grouse Grind after dusk on Aug. 18, according North Shore Rescue team leader Tim Jones.
"If you've got your head down, you'll do it. If you're not watching the trail you can actually veer off and do what's called the Bluff," he said.
Facing nightfall without a flashlight at an elevation of approximately 900 metres, the trapped hiker yelled for help.
North Shore Rescue volunteers were in the process of their nightly sweep of the Grouse Grind when they heard the hiker's call.
With darkness falling on the mountain, an eight-hour rescue operation commenced.
"A very long night, very tiring night for everyone," Jones said. NSR members did their best to keep the hiker calm while a rescue squad climbed into position and rappelled into the gully.
"They were talking to the subject. .. calming him down and guiding him through the night, making sure he wasn't going to panic," Jones said.
The operation wrapped at 5 a.m., according to Jones. The hiker was not injured, but his predicament could likely have been avoided if he had taken a few precautions, Jones said.
"People have to be really cognizant of carrying lights with them if they're going for a hike after dinner now because the light window is starting to go down, the sun sets earlier now. People are underestimating darkness in the trees," Jones said.
"Poor terrain knowledge, no light, and you get lost. That's exactly what happened."
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