Two women were rescued Thursday when they were overcome by 100-degree temperatures while hiking the 49 Palms Oasis trail in Twentynine Palms. About 11:15 a.m., Twentynine Palms firefighters, Morongo Basin Ambulance, Joshua Tree Search and Rescue, and Sheriff’s deputies were called to the trailhead about 11:15 a.m. for a hiker who was feeling weak and dizzy, early signs of heat exhaustion. Rescuers had to hike about a mile and a half to reach the 31-year-old hiker. As she and her 29-year-old companion were being escorted back to the trailhead, the second woman also began feeling weak and dizzy. She was treated by paramedics and had to be carried out. When they reached the trailhead, she was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center by MBA. The 31-year-old woman refused to be taken to the hospital.
Managing editor Tami Roleff says hikers are reminded to go out in the cooler morning or evening hours and to bring—and drink—a minimum of one quart of water per hour of hiking…
The heat is on. The Morongo Basin is in the middle of an excessive heat warning. While people are anxious to get out of the house, remember that the heat can be deadly. If you are going to hike, here are a few tips to make your outing safer:
- Hike early in the morning or late in the afternoon—not in the heat of mid-day.
- Wear a hat and sun screen.
- Try to hike at higher altitudes – the higher, the cooler!
- Take at least 1 liter of water per hour you plan to be out.
- Tell someone where you are headed and when you should return.
Even if you are just driving through, be sure you have plenty of water with you and that your car is filled with gas and well maintained. Charge your cell phone or have a phone charger with you.