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New York Man Rescued From The San Francisco Peaks Twice In Two Days Last Week

Coconino County Sheriff

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A 28-year-old Brooklyn, New York man was rescued off the San Francisco Peaks twice in two days last week. Coconino County Sheriff’s officials say a stranded hiker called 911 back on March 2nd at around 6:50 p.m. while hiking the Humphrey’s Trail. The man was stuck at around 10,600 feet. While search and rescue was responding the man indicated that he found a trail and was heading back down the mountain. Arizona Snowbowl snowcats picked him up and took him to the Agassiz Lodge. He told officials he was fine and didn’t need medical treatment. Then on March 3rd at around five p.m. the same man called 911 again from the area of Humphrey’s Saddle. This time he told officials he was off trail and was injured, which made it difficult to continue the hike. A DPS helicopter was called in and landed in an area close to the injured hiker. He was flown to the parking lot near the trailhead where they were met by search and rescue. The man again refused medical care. He said he started his hike at around 9:30 a.m. but turned around when he encountered high winds. As he was coming down he got off trail and fell, causing his injury. The man was provided with preventative search and rescue education about the conditions on the trail and due to an approaching winter storm was encouraged not to attempt to hike the trail a third time.