Walking through the mountains is undoubtedly one of the most pleasant outdoor activities: surrounded by nature, spectacular landscapes, the feeling of freedom or breathing clean air, are some of the advantages of hiking in the mountains. However, if you don’t know the area and you go alone, you may not find your way back home and it can be very dangerous.
For this reason, the search and rescue teams are always attentive to a distress call or the lack of news of a hiker who has not returned when it was their turn. This has been the case of a man who walked alone up the highest mountain in Colorado, in the United States, and did not reach the point where he had left off.
In the absence of news from the man and concern that he had been lost or worse, something had happened to him, his acquaintances contacted the search and rescue team in the area around eight in the afternoon. First, the team members tried to contact him through his mobile phone that gave signal, but did not receive any response, a fact that alerted them even more.
Two hours later, at 10:00 p.m., five team members fanned out to search for the lost hiker in the highest-probability areas. However, they returned a few hours later, at three in the morning, without a trace of the man.
The second team set out at 7 a.m. to search for the man in areas where hikers routinely lose track. This time, luckily, while the team was in full search they received the news that the man had returned to his place of accommodation.
The man ignored calls from rescuers because they were from an unknown number
Apparently, the man had gotten lost at nightfall and ended up from trail to trail trying to find the right way back home, until 24 hours later he managed to get to his car and return. Additionally, the hiker confessed to having been ignoring calls from rescuers because he did not recognize the number and had no idea they were looking for him.
Although fortunately the story has been all in a scare, the search and rescue team in the area wanted to share the story so that an incident like this does not happen again: “If you are late according to your itinerary and start receiving repeated calls from an unknown number, answer the phone – it could be a search and rescue team trying to confirm you’re safe! “they explained.