NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. - When veteran backcountry experts describe conditions as "heinous", the average weekend hiker probably wants to stay well clear, but two unprepared adventurers found themselves in the middle of just such conditions during what they thought was a pleasant day hike on Vancouver's North Shore.
The men, in their 20's had set out for a day hike but realized they were lost and called for help on Sunday night, prompting a mission that North Shore Search and Rescue team leader Tim Jones says has been exhausting for the men and their rescuers.
Crews set out at about 10 p.m. Sunday and Jones says the two were found just before 4 a.m. Monday in a rocky area on a remote section of Mount Seymour.
Jones described the area as "heinous," an alpine hiking made even more treacherous by overnight rain.
To complicate things, both men were wearing runners, not the heavy hiking boots needed to clamber through the rocks and bush, so rescuers had to carry in the appropriate footwear for the pair, who were already cold and wet from the unexpected night out.
Crews were slowly walking the two men to safety as dawn broke on Monday and Jones said a helicopter was standing by in case anything went wrong. (CKNW)
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