Hiking accident prompts warnings on Seymour
Kelly Sinoski, Vancouver Sun
Published: Monday, July 02, 2007
North Shore rescue officials are warning hikers to be properly equipped when scaling the snow-laden Mount Seymour this summer after a 17-year-old Ontario youth slid into a crevasse over the long weekend and had to be air-lifted off the mountain.

The youth, who was wearing low-cut hiking boots and didn’t have ski poles or an ice axe, was heading down a 30-degree goat trail on the mountain’s second peak at lunch time Saturday when he was bumped from behind by a bigger hiker and slid 25 metres into a moat – where the snowpack has broken away from the ice face – and a further seven metres into the crevasse.

He was taken Lion’s Gate Hospital and released with no serious injuries. But North Shore Search and Rescue coordinator Tim Jones said if he had slid five metres to the left, he likely would have gone over a cliff and suffered serious injuries or died. The accident occurred near an area where several people have been injured and one has died in the past.”He lucked out,” Jones said. “People don’t realize how dangerous it is out there.”Jones said the youth was hiking with his brother when the accident occurred.

Fortunately, an experienced search and rescue officer was on the scene and managed to give the youth a down jacket and call for help.Jones said rescue coordinators decided to airlift the youth out, at a cost of $2,000, because of the terrain and the fact the youth wasn’t equipped to walk off the mountain. A rope traverse would have taken too much time and effort, he said.