A 63-year-old man hiking with a large group from Canada slipped on a trail in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Monday and injured his knee, prompting firefighters to perform a mountain rescue.
The two-hour rescue, which started about noon, already marks the second such rescue of the year in Scottsdale.
The first happened on Sunday, when a man in his 50s, slipped and injured his ankle, requiring him to be airlifted to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn hospital.
In Monday’s incident, near the popular Quartz and Lost Dog Wash trails, firefighters from Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix responded to the scene. The man reportedly could not hike down to the trailhead, so a rescue crew had to wheel him out in what’s known as a “stokes basket,” which is a wheelbarrow-like device. Crews set up a staging area at 115th Street and Pine Valley Road. From there, they transported the man to Scottsdale Healthcare Shea hospital.
The man was part of a 30-person hiking group from Canada. And luckily for him, the group packed in ice and medical supplies, said Dave Cieslak, Scottsdale Fire Department spokesman.
“Kudos to them,” Cieslak said. “This hiking group did the right thing.”
About half the group stayed with the man, while the other half hiked back to the trailhead.
Sunday’s incident happened about 3:15 p.m. near Dynamite Boulevard and Pima Road, about four to five miles inside the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The man injured his ankle and could not continue, Cieslak said.
Firefighters are reminding hikers to wear proper footwear, preferably with ankle support, carry at least a quart of water on short hikes, wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing and stay on trails.