Arizona hikers face tough conditions throughout every season, because hiking areas are usually greatly exposed to the sun, and temperatures can soar even in the winter months. That’s why it’s essential to be prepared and ready for any surprises a hiking adventure might hold. This is a lesson that two Florida teens learned the hard way when they went on a final summer trip to hike the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is a leading hiking destination in Arizona, but it can still be a rough trail if you don’t know where you’re going. Read on to find out just how easy it can be to get off-trail in one of the state’s most amazing landmarks.
An Unexpected End of Summer Adventure
In late August of 2017, two Florida teens set out to hike in the Grand Canyon, and they lost the trail as they explored a dried riverbed at the floor of the canyon. They attempted to scramble up the mesa walls by free climbing, but they quickly discovered that this would result in exhaustion and dehydration. The two decided to retreat to the canyon floor, where they were able to find a source of fresh water to supplement what little food they had available.
A Happy Reunion
After 5 days of being lost and stranded, the teens were rescued by a helicopter, which was able to spot a large sign the two had constructed from rocks. Though the two were without serious injuries from the event, their experience does showcase the importance of planning ahead, downloading maps, and not relying on cell phone service in remote areas.