Hikers waylaid by snowfall found near Tumbler Ridge

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Two women are safe after Search and Rescue teams found them in the Bootski Lake area of Tumbler Ridge over the long weekend.

According to the Tumbler Ridge Search and Rescue Facebook page, Marieanne McCollough and Nicole Amirault were hiking and realized they were lost after snow fell in the area. They made camp 3 and a half kilometres past where they lost the trail. Countless volunteers were searching for the hikers with both the South and North Peace Search and Rescue Teams.

Shelter made by Amirault & McCullough. Photo courtesy Tumbler Ridge Search and Rescue’s Facebook page

The Tumbler Ridge Search and Rescue Team says the women did everything right, as they left a check-in time, had extra equipment, and they stayed in one location. McCollough says they were hiking marked trails, but some of the trail heads were not marked well.

Officials remind you to be prepared for drastic changes in weather when hiking alpine terrain. Carrying proper and extra clothing, having extra food and water or bringing devices to filter water for drinking, and telling people where you’re going and when you’re expected to return are best practices for survival in the wilderness.

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