PHOENIX - The Phoenix Fire Department helped four hikers down Camelback Mountain before noon on Friday.
Phoenix Fire crews were initially called to Echo Canyon Trail around 9 a.m. after receiving reports of a 17-year-old girl who suffered an ankle injury, a fire spokesperson said. Rescue crews used a big wheel to safely help her down the mountain.
Shortly after, a 65-year-old man reportedly passed out on the same trail, officials said. His family told firefighters that he was feeling weak and dizzy. Once crews were able to safely locate him, they determined the best way to get him down was by helicopter.
The hiker received further evaluation by crews once off the mountain, but did not feel he needed to go to the hospital, Phoenix Fire said.
On the mountain's east side along Cholla Trail, an off-duty Phoenix firefighter contacted crews after encountering a third man who had passed out a "couple of times" on the mountain, a fire spokesperson said.
A fire spokesperson says the 51-year-old hiker may have suffered a possible seizure. Due to his location, the man was given a "special helicopter rescue suit" and flown to the ground.
The man refused transport to the hospital in an ambulance, officials said.
Another hiker on Cholla Trail, a woman in her sixties, was feeling faint and suffered a ground-level fall, injuring her knee. Fire officials say they walked the woman down the mountain and she refused further assistance or medical attention.
Tips to stay safe on the trails:
Wear appropriate clothing: Avoid jean shorts and flip-flops when you hit the trail. Instead wear hiking boots, comfortable sneakers and lightweight clothing during springtime hikes.
Don't hike alone: Not only is bringing a friend good for motivation, but it's a safer way to hike. If you don't have a buddy available, always let someone know where you're going and when they should expect you to return.
Travel lightly: Don't get weighed down by unnecessary personal items. Pack only the essentials (i.e. map, sunscreen/sunglasses, flashlight, water, food, first-aid supplies) in case of an emergency.
Take breaks: Listen to your body and slow down when you need to. Find some shade to rest and catch your breath; don't push yourself too hard.
Stay hydrated and bring a snack: Even if you don't think you need these items, you do! Bring more water than you think is necessary and pack a snack just in case you need the extra fuel.