Hikers stuck on mountain after they run out of food and water, Montana rescuers say

Two hikers called for help from a Montana mountain after running out of food and water, rescuers said.

The hikers called rescuers at 9:36 p.m. on Aug. 31 from near Baldy Mountain in the Bridger Range, according to the Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue.

Initially, they started their trek at Fairy Lake until one hiker became “extremely exhausted,” deputies said.

With no food, water or daylight, deputies said the hikers called for help.

Rescuers reached the pair by foot and helped one of the hikers who was treated for exhaustion and cold exposure, deputies said.

A helicopter couldn’t airlift them off the mountain that night because of the weather.

Instead, rescuers helped the hikers down the mountain throughout the night until they could be airlifted when the sun rose, deputies said.

“Having enough gear to spend the night if necessary, as well as appropriate gear for the conditions and a way to communicate can greatly increase your chances when things go bad,” deputies said in the Sept. 1 Facebook post.

Fairy Lake is about is about 30 miles north of Bozeman.

How to be prepared while hiking

If you’re planning to hike, the National Park Service says there are 10 essentials you should take:

  • Navigation: Pack a map, compass and a GPS system. Make sure you study your route beforehand and understand how to use the tools.

  • Sun protection: Sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat can help protect your skin and eyes from UV rays.

  • Insulation: A jacket, hat, gloves, raincoat and thermal underwear can help you be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions.

  • Illumination: A flashlight, lantern and headlamp can create light if you get stuck in the dark — and don’t forget to pack extra batteries.

  • First-aid supplies: It’s a good idea to have a first-aid kit on hand while hiking. Check the expiration date on items before you pack them.

  • Fire: Matches and a lighter can help start fire to act as an emergency signal in times of need.

  • Repair kit and tools: Duct tape, a knife, screwdriver and scissors can be helpful if items break during your hike or you need assistance.

  • Nutrition: You should pack an extra day’s worth of food in case something goes wrong. Park officials recommend having “salty and easy to digest snacks.”

  • Hydration: You should drink water often and before you feel thirsty if you’re hiking in hot weather. Keeping your body hydrated is “of utmost importance,” park officials said.

  • Emergency shelter: Packing a tent, space blanket, tarp and bivy can help you be prepared if severe weather breaks out or your plan takes a turn.

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