Phoenix mountain rescues on the rise in 2014

It's only April but Valley firefighters said they've already seen a big increase in calls for mountain rescue.

Phoenix firefighters said they've performed 83 mountain rescues already in 2014. 

That's compared with 164 in all of 2013.

Firefighters said on average they are performing about two more rescues per week.

Many of those rescues happen on Camelback Mountain.

On Thursday a 5-year-old boy and his father had to be airlifted off the mountain.

Firefighters said the two hikers got lost on the trail and couldn't find their way back.

Firefighters said the addition of new trails in the McDowell Sonoran preserve may have contributed to the increased number of rescues.

"We are performing 1 maybe 2 rescues a day," said one firefighter. 

To stay safe out on the trails firefighters said being prepared is key.

Water, appropriate clothing, sunscreen, and a map are most important.

A small first aid kit and a headlamp while hiking at night are also encouraged.

"Just the essentials water, an extra pair of socks, a dry t-shirt I can wrap around my ankle if something happens. That's what I bring," said hiker Mario Vazquez.

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