This is for anyone who is out hiking between now and October...we had 4 mountain rescues within the city limits of Phx and Scottsdale this weekend alone, all during an excessive heat advisory. Hikers were helicoptered off the top of mountains and "big wheeled" down as well with injuries and heat stress that required fire department rescue squads to respond.
And sadly there was a death out in the White Tank Mtns of a 21 year old man, due to heat related cardiac arrest - today.
We are not being overly dramatic when we tell you to bring plenty of water, hike at dawn and dress appropriately. A bottle of water in your back pocket will not suffice. A hat with a wide brim will cool more than just your head but will shade your body as well. Decent hiking shoes might be hot but they will keep you from slipping on our loose gravel (into a cactus or worse) when you are worn out from the heat.
You don't want to be headline back in your hometown newspaper...(ok, maybe that was overly dramatic..but you don't do you?)
Here is some great info from our local fire department, who by the way would be the ones to come haul you off the trail if you run into trouble: