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Search and Rescue, RCMP Reminder About Back Country Safety

Fraser Valley – RCMP together with Upper Fraser Valley Search and Rescue (SAR) teams and AdventureSmart remind everyone to prepare before setting out to the backcountry and waterways of the region.

As hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, push further into the mountainous areas of the Upper Fraser Valley, the RCMP and SAR caution visitors the natural beauty of the wilderness can also be dangerous.

Preparation and staying within the limits of your skill and experience are recommended to have a safe and enjoyable hiking experience, says Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD.

Although RCMP officers conduct enhanced summer patrols of forestry roads, lakes and parks, over the past three years police and SAR teams have noted a steady increase in calls from people in the backcountry-requiring rescue.

Research the location, pre-plan, and be properly equipped for the trip you are taking into the backcountry, says Doug Fraser of the Chilliwack SAR.

In addition to your research, ensure you are carrying the appropriate gear for varying conditions as changes to the weather and terrain may suddenly occur.

Planning, preparation and carrying the proper equipment is essential before embarking on any backcountry activity, says Neil Brewer of Kent Harrison SAR.

Weather conditions change quickly in the back country. Ensure you have a pre-plan, are properly dressed and equipped for your hike, says Noelle Hartt of Hope SAR.

AdventureSmart 3-T’s for a safe backcountry adventure:

  • Trip planning;
  • Training;
  • Taking the essentials.

For more tips on planning a safe hiking experience visit us on line at bcrcmp or, our regional SAR partners in Chilliwack, Kent Harrison, Hope or our friends at AdventureSmart.

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