Hikers were out of gear on the cold Colorado trail because it’s ‘so hot in Texas,’ officials say

Hikers left the Texas heat to camp on a coldrainy Colorado trail, officials said.

The duo hiked across Lake Como to Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains on Monday, June 27, the Alamosa Volunteer Search And Rescue team said.

They never made it to Lake Como and camped about a quarter of a mile from the lake.

lake como is an eight-mile back-and-forth trail near Blanca, about 340 miles south of Denver. According to AllTrails, it is considered a challenging route.

After some time they started to get hypothermia. They called for help and said they were cold. One of the hikers started vomiting and was severely dehydrated with a headache.

Rescuers brought the hikers hot water bottles and sugary drinks to help them warm up and rehydrate. They were brought down and checked by medical professionals.

The rescue was complete nearly six hours after the call for help. Officials said it was a difficult operation as the rain made the road rocky.

“Lake Como Rd was exceptionally dangerous this trip due to heavy rain, high probability of crushed stone and extremely slippery rocks,” officials said in a press release. “During the descent, a river ran all over the way.”

The hikers were not prepared for their trek. They didn’t pack extra clothes to stay dry, and their tent didn’t have a rainfly, officials said. The walkers also had no extra food or water, and they had no layers to survive the nighttime temperatures.

“These hikers said they didn’t understand why it was so cold and rainy in Colorado, because it was ‘so hot in Texas,’ where they hike all the time,” rescuers said. “They never checked the weather forecasts.”

Rescuers said the incident is an example of how “ignorance can kill people”. People should always check weather and avalanche forecasts before venturing into the wilderness, officials said.

The American Hiking Association recommends hikers bring the following items with them on their trip:

  • Suitable footwear for the trek

  • A map, compass or GPS that is reliable in the hinterland

  • Water and a way to purify it

  • An extra portion of food for when you’re gone longer than expected

  • Rain gear and layers

  • Safety items including something to start a fire, a light and a whistle

  • first aid kit

  • A knife or multi-tool

  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and clothing that can protect you from the sun

  • Shelter that can protect you from the elements

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