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Bad hike with a happy ending in the Cleveland National Forest, California

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Southern California is blessed with beaches, mountains and forests as playgrounds for anyone with a taste for nature and adventure. I get hiking books from the library and each time I read one I realize how little I have actually hiked.

If I could just take off on hikes like a jungle girl I would. But I only hike in groups to avoid getting lost or worse. On new trails I use maps and hike with others who know the trail and I always have. With all my caution I have found myself in trouble more than once.

It never ceases to amaze me how these young kids start their hikes with no pack or water in the late afternoon expecting to hike. I realize they are younger, faster and in some cases skilled. As they pass me on the trails I have this strong urge to grab them and turn them around like children who can only come back when they have prepared with water and supplies.

On Sunday two teenagers went on a hike in the Cleveland National Forest. They started at 3:00 p.m. and just returned home today.

I went with one of my hiking clubs yesterday to participate in the search and rescue. We hiked all day in the forest hoping to find these two kids. As I searched I remembered how it felt to be lost not knowing if I would ever see the people I loved ever again. My heart was breaking for these two kids.

The forest was full of volunteers. There were hikers everywhere brainstorming and searching for these kids. I hope they find out just how many people came to bat for them.

The second hiker was rescued just a few hours ago. Now we can breathe and say thank you. Thank you to the Sheriff's Department, The volunteers, the residents in the area who helped, the rescue search teams and everyone who helped save these two young lives, THANK YOU.
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    I read about this and heard they found the first young man but were still searching for the second. I'm so glad they found the second person and this story had a happy ending! And thank you and the rest of the volunteers for giving your time and expertise! Love Search and Rescue people (and canine) - I can only imagine the relief you feel after finally being found.
    1841 days ago
    6 days unprepared in the wilderness makes for two very changed kids in the future I am thinking and you know how traumatic just One day in the wilderness Prepared changes a lost hiker! Glad you were into the rescue and not a Recovery! I am sure the families of the hikers were so grateful to you and all those who helped.
    1845 days ago
  • _LINDA
    So glad they were found. I can't imagine the fear and suffering they went through thinking that they were lost forever and going to die. Gives one a healthy respect for the wilds. Before going on a wilderness hike here, you are supposed to live your name and information and the trail you are expecting to hike when you are expecting to return with a ranger station. Always better safe then sorry. Thank you so much for joining in the search effort! Keep on going in your groups!
    1845 days ago
    That's VERY, VERY scary! It scares me that these kids (anybody under 30 is a kid LOL) go out into the wild totally unprepared. It's not like there are direction signs out in the wilderness. But at that age I guess they probably feel invincible, and it's clear they had overestimated their skills.

    I'm glad the hikers were found safe and sound. That's the most important thing.
    1845 days ago
    Kids live their lives with energy and an adventurous spirit. That's what made for pioneer spirit. Unfortunately, that's also what sometimes leads to disasters. Good for you for being out there, helping search. Hopefully, when those kids recover, they will hike again, but with better preparations.
    1846 days ago
    How kind of you to help with the search and what a miracle they were found alive.Thank heavens !
    1846 days ago
    How wonderful they were found! Thank YOU Victoria for your part in helping. It's heart warming when so many turn out to help in emergency's.
    1846 days ago
    Good news that they were found alive. Thank you for caring and helping. emoticon -- Lou
    1846 days ago
    I'm glad to hear the second one was also found, I did know one had been rescued. You are right these cocky kids think they know it all and look what happens...
    1846 days ago
    It's great that you and many others were out there searching!
    I'm so glad they were rescued.
    1846 days ago
    I live in Delaware and it was on the news about your hikers. I was really concerned about how the girl was going to be. Thanks be to God she was found in time. It could have ended so much worse than it did. Hopefully, they learned their lesson. I am sure there was a lot of prayers going for them too. Bless you for helping out. I am proud of you!!!
    1846 days ago
    I read about that online and didn't expect the girl to make it! How wonderful to hear that she survived too.

    When I was 19, like all young people, I felt invincible and decided to ride my bike in southern Utah, in the summer, alone, with no water. Why? Because I could (I thought). I got really sick and almost died. So, I learned young that being young doesn't mean death can't be a companion. I know what you mean about what you see and all we can do is educate and like you did today, help out when someone is lost or injured. God bless you!

    Love, Chelsea emoticon
    1846 days ago
    I was wondering if you had heard of this story and I am not surprised to hear you stepped up to help...GOD BLESS YOU!

    I was elated to find out this morning that she had been found!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you for your help in the search!

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    1846 days ago
    Wow, scary!

    And thank you for being one of the search party!
    1846 days ago
  • MELLY3183
    It sounds like there is a great community that is willing to help. It stinks that people get lost, and they aren't properly prepared! But your group of volunteers did a great thing, and i'm sure those teenagers were grateful.
    1846 days ago
    How awesome you took part in the search! Glad they were found and ok. Crazy kids!
    1846 days ago
    I just read that story in my news feed. The second teen had not been found at that time. I can't imagine what it would be like being lost in a forest but I am glad that the ending to this was a happy one! Thanks to you and all of the other rescuers who were searching for them!
    1846 days ago
    Amazing story. maybe their parents will shake them up, if being lost didn't do it. Great job that you were able to help with the search and rescue.
    1846 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
    Wow! I'm glad they are ok & hope they learned a lesson!
    1846 days ago
    It's good that so many people came out and searched till they were found. I hope someone lets them know, somehow, how many people contributed to them being found. How irresponsible of them.

    And for your part in this...

    1846 days ago
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