More hikers rescued in Phoenix than anywhere else in U.S.

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by Crystal Cruz

azfamily.com

Posted on November 26, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 28 at 12:07 PM

PHOENIX -- A woman was carried down Echo Canyon Mountain in Phoenix by a small army of paramedics on Monday.

The 65-year-old hiker was with friends when one of them told 3TV the woman got scared.

"She did not slip. She did not fall. She just kind of had a panic attack," said the hiker's friend, Dave Schock.

Schock said the woman got concerned as she was walking up the mountain toward the steel guard rails used as support.

Paramedics with the Phoenix Fire Department were called in to help.

Larry Nunez with the department said more hikers are rescued in Phoenix than anywhere else in the country. 

The attractive weather and trails play a major role in the large number of service calls.

So far this year there were 232 mountain rescue calls for help, including Monday's call. That number is up from 167 in 2011. The number for service calls continues to go up over the years.

"People often don't pay attention to the trail markers or the rating system," Nunez said.

There is a sign posted at Echo Canyon that says, "Know your ability and choose the right trail."

"Oh, in hindsight I should've known it might be a little too much for her to do, but she's fine," Schock said.

 

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