Phoenix re-issues safety campaign for hikers

- It's a busy time of the year in Phoenix and an even busier weekend for firefighters on the mountains.

Crews are performing one rescue after another, according to park ranger Mark Sirota.

"Sometimes, they're injured, a lot of times, the serious ones is when the hiker becomes dehydrated," he said. "They don't think clearly, they go off trail, they go into spider trails and washes and they perish."

The ranger says last week nearly 8,000 people climbed Piestewa Peak, with each and every one of them putting themselves in a dangerous situation if they head up unprepared.

"We're not going to go for very long," Amy Bender, a hiker, said.

The signs are posted for all to see, which is part of a public service message re-issued from the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department.

"There's been times when I've had to stop, even like a quarter of a way up and turn around and I was like, 'I'm not going to be dumb about it,'" Arielle Swisher said.

"That's where you have to use your intelligence and say, 'Is this too much for me?'" Sirota said. "You have to be honest with yourself and determine if this is a hike you can physically and mentally do."

The warning is in effect until October, but the sign will remain up year-round just as a precaution.

For more information on the campaign, click here.


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