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Advice from North Shore Rescue as winter returns to the back country

(Source: NSR Facebook)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Conditions in the BC back country are becoming more dangerous as winter approaches, and North Shore Rescue is asking hikers to prepare for the changing conditions.

“You can get hurt quite easily in the back country,” says Team Leader Mike Danks. “We’re seeing a lot of people who are still getting out in their runners, and when you get into slippery terrain where it’s icy, that’s just not going to work.”

As the snow falls and the temperatures drop, Danks says it becomes a lot easier for conditions to become deadly.

“It certainly effects (people’s) exposure to the elements and, to be quite honest, their survival rate,” he adds.

Anyone planning a trip into the mountains is advised to dress in extra layers: gloves, a touque, a big puffy coat, and MICROspikes for your boots.

North Shore Rescue is already on pace for a record number of calls in 2016, and keeping up has proven to be a challenge even in the summer months.