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Deschutes County Search and Rescue assists hikers near Sisters after cold, wet storm moves in

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Deschutes County Sheriff's Search and Rescue volunteers came to aid of Bend pair surprised by turn of weather in Camp Lake area near Sisters

SISTERS, Ore. (KTVZ) – A Bend man and woman who went hiking and camped in the Camp Lake area near Sisters used a GPS emergency alert system to call for help Saturday after a storm moved in, bringing near-freezing temperatures and a mix of rain and snow, Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies said.

The sheriff’s office was advised around 10:30 a.m. of the two hikers, ages 32 and 30, needing assistance at Camp Lake, near the Pole Creek Trailhead, said Deputy Kyle Joye, assistant coordinator for Sheriff’s Search and Rescue.

Deschutes County 911 received a report from Garmin GPS emergency response that they had received an emergency alert at the location from a GPS receiver, Joye said. They had contacted the user, who reported a weather system moved in overnight and the user and a hiking partner were wet, cold and needed help getting back to the trailhead.

At that time, a U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement officer also was notified and responded to the area, Joye said. A sheriff’s deputy, the assistant sAR coordinator, made contact by text message with the pair and learned they were uninjured but needed help to safely return to the trailhead.

A total of 14 DCSO SAR volunteers responded to the scene, including ground, medical and horse teams. They headed up the trail from the Pole Creek Trailhead, reaching the pair at 3:40 p.m. and confirming they were not in need of medical care, though they were in need of some food, water and dry clothes before hiking down the trail.

About an hour later, SAR teams began escorting the pair down the trail to the trailhead, where they arrived around 7:30 p.m., met up with friends and headed home by personal vehicle, Joye said.

"The Sheriff's Office would like to remind anybody hiking during this season that conditions can change rapidly and to be prepared for various temperatures and rain/snowfall," Joye said in a news release. "Additionally, keep a close eye on weather forecasts for areas in and around your recreation area."  

The deputy also said the sheriff’s office wanted to thank the Forest Service Law Enforcement Division for its help.

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  1. It amazes me that people with no common sense would decide that it would be a good idea
    to hike in remote areas unprepared. Anyone that watches the weather has known it was
    a probability that we would have weather and cooler temperatures moving in.
    I guess they didn’t bother checking the weather. I’m glad they got out safely, but
    this was a tremendous waste of SAR resources, and it seems to happen every year.

    1. Wasn’t there someone here that was basically touting climate change, no rain or snow to come ever more, during the fire reporting? Blue Danube I think?
      Maybe these people believed him and didn’t think cold windy wet weather was coming.

    1. TOTALLY. They say “two people who live in Bend”. How much you want to bet they are some of the ignorant NEWBIES who have moved here in the last couple of years? IF they have lived her more than 15 years, they are just plain STUPID. I agree with all who say STAY OUT OF THE FORESTS if you don’t know what the heck you are doing.

    1. I’ve done a lot of dumb things over the years, but not when it
      comes to survival in the outdoors. I always over pack and rarely use
      some of the things that I take with me, but if I get in a potential
      survival situation I’d be really glad that I have them.

  2. I hope the SAR folks told these two about this thing called, where you can check the forecast of the area you plan to camp in before you leave home. 🙄

  3. I’ve been to Camp Lake, and can imagine how miserable it was up there. Constant wind in that saddle between Middle and South Sister, and if you’re wet….ugh.

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