“If you’re a regular reader, some of what follows may seem redundant from columns this time last year—but if you follow the local hiker-rescue statistics during the months of April through September, you will agree that some things need to be repeated, for safety’s sake!

Hiking in the desert during these months of extreme heat can not only be brutal; it can become life-threating in a matter of minutes. Even the most experienced hikers can find themselves in trouble.

Approximately 50 hikers a year are rescued from trails in Palm Springs and surrounding areas due to dehydration or injury, said Berenice Tratter, a Palm Springs Mounted Police Search and Rescue volunteer, in a video posted on the group’s Facebook page on March 21…”

[Read the full article at cvindependent.com]