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2014-01-20 at 11:00

Hikers rescued by police at Cascade Conservation Area

By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com
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Two lost teenaged hikers and their dog were rescued Sunday by Thunder Bay Police at the Cascade Conservation Area.

Police say the 17-year-olds went for a hike on the park’s trail system at about 1 p.m., found themselves unable to navigate their way out and called home for assistance. Officers received the call at about 4:15 p.m. and were dispatched on snowmobiles to begin the search.

The hikers were located on the trails near the Shuniah Mine about an hour later. Both the hikers and the dog were cold and possibly suffering from frostbite.

Police issued advice to people heading out for hikes to adequately dress for the weather and stay on a trail system they are familiar with.

“Given our recent cold temperature, this situation could have had a less favourable outcome,” said police spokeswoman Julie Tilbury.

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codvx87 says:
Doesn't surprise me one bit, theres no signs on the trail to navigate, and all the off trails look the exact same. Whoever runs the maintenance on this trail should pay for the search
1/20/2014 11:40:16 AM
gusto says:
If you can't read a simple map, then you should not be out hiking. Most phones also have a mapping app on them now. If you don't know where you are going, then be prepared with the proper equipment. These two should be charged for the cost of the rescue.
1/20/2014 12:47:04 PM
YellowSnow13 says:
They really need some better signs there. I got lost there years ago. Figured it out the hard way.
1/20/2014 12:33:44 PM
JubJub says:
That area is fairly easy to navigate, I am always surprised when people get lost there. Within 2km in any direction you'll reach the river (follow downstream and you'll get to trowbridge/centennial/boulevard lake), power lines (that intersect 11/17 or Balsam) or you'll hit a road. Plus, it's hard to believe that any 17 year old wouldn't have a phone without some basic GPS/Mapping feature.
1/20/2014 12:40:55 PM
youpeoplearemorons says:
flagging tape, landmarks, creating an arrow with sticks in the snow... if you can't navigate in the bush, then get a gps
1/20/2014 1:08:00 PM
silent rebel says:
I am pretty sure if they aren't able to navigate through a simple walking trail that they likely aren't capable of operating a GPS, ... That being said i am glad they are all safe and sound, and let it be a lesson for everyone on small skills we should all learn for survival because you just never know.
1/21/2014 7:57:11 AM
Fluffy says:
How does one get lost over there?? Perhaps people should try navigating in their back yards first before taking on a monster like Cascades.
1/20/2014 2:09:14 PM
codvx87 says:
@gusto
You've obviously never been there, it's endless loops and half of them aren't even on the conservation map. Maybe stick to things youve actually been to
1/20/2014 2:31:28 PM
gusto says:
Actually I have been there many times, and never had any issue finding my way around the trails, as I can read a map and carry proper equipment with me when I go for hikes (even ridiculously easy ones like these). Maybe you should be the one who should stick to things you actually know about.
1/20/2014 3:34:40 PM
Idontknowitall says:
Glad the kids and their dog are all okay. Nice to see that not every teenager is glued to a 'device'.
1/20/2014 3:21:31 PM
hotdog says:
maybe that's what got them lost, hahah.
1/20/2014 9:13:17 PM
tbaygirl89 says:
You claim that there are mapping apps on phones now yes! HOWEVER .... there is no cell phone reception out at the Cascades Conservation Park and without cell phone reception ... your not able to use your mapping apps!
1/20/2014 3:40:06 PM
Synical says:
Not to mention the assumption that teenagers with cellphones must therefore have data. All of my teens have cellphones, true. They also all have data block so they don't accidentally rack up huge bills. Most of their friends also have data block, and only use wireless on their phones. I don't suppose there is a wireless network out there?
1/20/2014 3:46:11 PM
JubJub says:
They called for assistance so there was reception. I am in this area constantly and have never had an issue getting signal. There are cell towers at Wardrope/Balsam, Hodder/Highway and maybe others. Not to mention that on most phones you can use the GPS without cell reception - but you would need an app with offline maps. I do this camping all of the time. The compass app also works without cell reception, but I don't expect many youth today have basic orienteering skills.
1/20/2014 3:57:38 PM
inmyopinion says:
I agree Idontknowitall...I am happy to hear they were found safe and sound. I also love to hear that some of our younger generation are adopting active lifestyles and taking care of their responsibilities (animals). I hope their experience at the Cascades doesn't deter them from going out again....as long as they gained knowledge from this experience.
1/20/2014 3:52:51 PM
zachm1 says:
GPS mapping software on a cell phone relies on GPS satellites not cell phone towers. You can have zero phone reception and have perfect GPS. Two separate systems all together. Learn how to use your device. It has a lot more features than just texting. And above all, always be aware of your surroundings. I am just happy they were found OK.
1/20/2014 4:53:21 PM
Jawz says:
My husband, who is familiar with being out in the bush, also got lost there in the spring. He had two small children with him, one in a stroller, age 1 and the other was 4 years old and walking. It was very scary for him as it was late afternoon and getting into the evening. Our 4 year old was completely worn out from all the walking and trying to find their way back. He had very little food and water left. He was lucky and managed to find his way back, but it scared him pretty badly.They had been hiking trying to find their way out for several hours. He ended up near a hydro line cut and was quite the distance from the parking lot. He started hearing animals in the bush around that time and was pretty concerned for their safety. Thankfully he stayed cool and collected and got back safely. I would really like to see the trails more clearly labelled to prevent that from happening again and to others. Not a fun experience.
1/20/2014 4:59:01 PM
codvx87 says:
@gusto
you obviously fail to realize there is more trails there than the hiking trails. There's about 23 in total counting offtrails. Clearly you just go down the boring trail, maybe you shouldnt chirp people that like to adventure pleb.
1/20/2014 5:31:51 PM
Watchmaker says:
All those yammering for better maps, signs trail markings, etc. think of the cost then don't complain when mandatory user fees kick in! I have been there many many times and never got lost. Experienced bush people get lost all the time. You have to be aware of where you are and what direction you are travelling, identify landmarks etc. so you can at least backtrack.
1/20/2014 5:38:01 PM
mystified says:
Be happy that these people were found before they suffered more than frostbite.
Not everyone in the world know the abilities of their cell phones unless they have an interest in that feature so they shouldn't be damned because of their interests.
When one gets cold and their body temperature gets low they start to get excited and make poor decisions.
They made a wise decision and called for help.
1/20/2014 6:29:17 PM
passlake says:
I am pretty sure there are map boards at every junction in the Cascades.
1/20/2014 7:40:38 PM
grs says:
Yes but you could take a turn down a trail that turns out to be the snowmobile trail and eventually end up at Mount Baldy (although you'd have to cross a road or two). Or, like they did, take a trail and end up in the maze of mountain bike paths and snowmobile trails that is Shuniah Mines.
1/21/2014 8:51:16 AM
mystified says:
The only signs they need at the Cascades is a billboard telling dog walkers to pick up their dogs crap and put it in the garbage containers. That goes for coffee cups as well.
1/21/2014 9:21:37 AM
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