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Flagstaff, AZ – On Monday, August 12, 2013 at about 9:20 pm the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an overdue hiker in the Bear Jaw Canyon area of the San Francisco Peaks. The hiker, a 24 year old male, separated from his hiking companions on their return hike to their vehicle at the trailhead. He was last seen at approximately 7 pm. When the rest of the group arrived at the trailhead he was not there. The overdue hiker was dressed in shorts and a tank top shirt, and only had a water bottle with him.
A search was conducted by Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Search and Rescue personnel who were aided by a helicopter from the Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue Unit in Phoenix.
The hiker was located by searchers at approximately 2:20 am on 08/13/13 on a ridge between Bear Jaw Canyon and Reese Canyon. He was in good condition and was reunited with his hiking companions at the trailhead.
At this time of year the weather can be warm and pleasant during the day but can rapidly cool off at night. Day hikers should be prepared with at least the ten essentials when they set out for even short day hikes. Hikers should always tell someone where they are going and when they plan to return.
10 Essentials:1. Water2. Food3. Extra Clothing for the conditions4. Navigation Equipment (map, compass, GPS)5. Headlamp/Flashlight6. First Aid Kit7. Shelter Material (emergency blanket/heavy duty leaf bag)8. Fire Starting Kit (be aware of any fire restrictions)9. Pocket Knife/Multi-Tool10. Whistle/Signal Mirror
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Media and Public Contact: Gerry Blair, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, 928-226-5089