Squamish Search and Rescue warned the community to exercise caution after the team rescued a man who had fallen into Garibaldi Lake. The man fell through the ice at the lake but was able to get out and call for help. SAR team members found him in a nearby hut where he was warming up.
In a social media post, SAR said unseasonably warm and wet conditions over the past two weeks have transformed alpine conditions, with the thaw making weather conditions similar to early to late spring. SAR cautions that the creeks are open, snow bridges are weak, and lake ice is thin.
Last week, SAR team members rescued a lost hiker near the Stawamus Chief Mountain. After crossing a deep creek, the hiker deviated from his planned route but decided to stay and call for help. Although his phone battery died after initial contact, SAR was able to gather GPS coordinates from his call and rescue the hiker.
On the second Saturday of each month, the Squamish SAR team will share valuable insights on snow and avalanche safety and expert tips for back-country trip planning. Those who attend will explore cutting-edge equipment and enhance their understanding of the tools that keep backcountry explorers safe.
The next session is February 10, from 11 am to 12 pm, at the Beaty Visitor Center at the Britannia Mine Museum.