PHOENIX - Firefighters say Camelback mountain is safe for hikers but everyone should know what to do in case of a bee attack. The advice comes one day after a hiker died trying to escape a swarm of bees.
The hiker, who has not been identified, fell 150 feet while on the Echo Canyon trail Monday afternoon. Two others in his group were rescued by firefighters. They were stung 300 times each, according to Phoenix fire officials.
The hikers were in a section of the mountain called Ice Box Canyon. Ice Box is part of a trail but is mainly used for free climbing, said Phoenix fire spokesman Scott McDonald. The area is not far from the trailhead and faces the Echo Canyon parking lot. The attack happened just before 4 p.m. Monday.
It's not clear if there was a hive that was disturbed or if the bee swarm was passing by, McDonald said.
The men who survived called for help and hunkered down in a crevice.
McDonald said this was a tough situation and there is no right or wrong but offered the following safety advice.
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