Two women are safe and sound after Search and Rescue Teams were deployed to the Bootski Lake area of Tumbler Ridge over the Thanksgiving Long Weekend.
According to a post by Tumbler Ridge Search and Rescue, after a skiff of snow fell, Marieanne McCullough and Nicole Amirault realized they were lost and made a camp 3.6 kilometres past where they lost the trail.
There were countless volunteers searching for the hikers including 36 ground search volunteers along with the South Peace Search and Rescue team and North Peace Search and Rescue team.
In a post on Facebook, Tumbler Ridge Search and Rescue explains that the women did everything right.
“They left a check-in time which ensured RCMP were called by 11 p.m. which started the search. They had extra equipment, and they stopped and stayed in one location. They had skills to use their gear and the forest to stay alive, fighting hypothermia at one point in the evening, and planned and executed alerting the search team.”
McCullough explains that they were hiking marked trails, but there were a few trailheads that were not marked well. She says looking back at the experience, she would have done more marking on the trails as they walked. Next time, she plans to bring surveyors tape in her backpack.
Ground Search Team Member with South Peace Search and Rescue Jeremiah Smith offers tips on being safe while hiking the trails in the Peace Country.
“Be prepared for a drastic change in weather, it happens quite often, especially in the alpine terrain. Having the proper clothing to spend extra time in the wilderness, building shelters to keep warm, having extra food, and the ability to carry or filter drinking water [is important]. ”
He says the most important thing is to tell people where you are going and a time that you will return.
Shelter made by Amirault & McCullough
Photo’s courtesy of Tumbler Ridge Search and Rescue’s Facebook page
Marieanne McCullough, SAR Manager Sarah Gamble, and Nicole Amirault (pictured left to right)