They’re baaaaack! The triple digits! But not here to stay, at least not yet.
For the first time in 2019, we hit 100 degrees here in Phoenix on Friday and already, Phoenix firefighters spent the afternoon responding to a heat-related call on Camelback Mountain. Crews had to use a big wheel to bring a dehydrated hiker down.
That hiker was in stable condition but dealing with leg cramps.
“It just emphasizes the importance of staying safe on our mountain trails,” said Captain Jake Van Hook of the Phoenix Fire Department, who says heat-related mountain rescues are all too familiar.
“We do several mountain rescues every year,” he said. “Heat cramps to heat exhaustion to heat stroke, heat stroke is deadly.”
Van Hook says safety should be at the top of our minds, especially with the rising temperatures.
“Those little 16-ounce bottles of water are usually not enough water,” he said. “A backpack reservoir is more appropriate.”
It’s also important to wear the right hiking shoes and be sure to pack sunscreen and a hat.
“Keeping the sun off your head, again, just decreasing the amount of sun exposure that you have,” said Van Hook.
If you plan to head out on the trails, he says to do your research and pick the right hike.
“A lot of these hikes are strenuous… we want to encourage people to be realistic about what they can do,” he said.
And of course, watch out for those critters.
“Scorpions, snakes, we’re coming into their habitat,” he said.
If you cross paths with bees? Van Hook says it’s a good idea to cover your mouth or nose because they track us by the carbon dioxide that we breath off.
All simple things you can do to make sure you make it back to the trailhead in one piece.
It's best to avoid heading out for a strenuous hike during the peak hours of the day, during the late afternoon and early evening hours.