NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – If you plan on hitting the backcountry this weekend as temperatures begin to rise and things start to warm up, North Shore Rescue is asking you for a favour.
The group, along with West Vancouver Police, is hoping hikers keep an eye out for any hints as to the whereabouts of two missing men who vanished on Mount Strachan last December.
NSR Search Manager Doug Pope says 43-year-old Roy Lee and 64-year-old Chun Lam didn’t tell anyone exactly where they were headed and their car was found abandoned in the parking lot at Cypress Mountain.
Pope says ongoing efforts to find them were thwarted by heavy snowfall. “A likely scenario is some kind of accident, like a slip and fall or an avalanche, or they were just completely lost and out of cellphone range.”
They’re hoping the snowmelt will expose traces of the men and perhaps provide some closure for their families. “We weren’t able to get any helicopters on Boxing Day. And any tracks that they might have left were covered and we were starting to up against an avalanche risk.”
North Shore Rescue says a case like this really highlights the need for people to leave a trip plan with friends and family if they plan on going into the mountains and to think twice before going into the backcountry unless you’re experienced or prepared.