Woman suffers heat exhaustion on South Mountain, in extremely critical condition

A woman is fighting for her life after suffering heat exhaustion while hiking up South Mountain, fire crews said Sunday.

A 60-year-old woman had been hiking a trail just before 7 a.m. when her daughter noticed that she was suffering from heat illness.

The daughter called 911, and firefighters found the woman a half-mile up the trail with "an altered level of consciousness."

The hiker was loaded onto a big wheel and was eventually taken to a hospital in extremely critical condition.

Phoenix, Tempe and Chandler fire crews all helped with the rescue.

Hiking safety tips

  • Avoid drinking the night before, or drinking coffee in the morning.
  • Wear the proper gear: footwear, hats, sunglasses
  • Bring a fully charged phone and hike with someone
  • Hydrate before, during and after a hike
  • Pick a cooler time of day
  • If you're hiking alone, tell someone where you're going
  • Know your limitations
  • Stay on the trail

Preventing heat exhaustion/heat stroke

The Arizona Department of Health Services stated the following precautions can be taken to prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke:

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings
  • Limit outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day (mid-day)
  • Check on at-risk friends, family, and neighbors at least twice a day
  • Drink water before, during, and after working or exercising outside

Take a Hike. Do it Right campaign: https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/hikeright

More heat resources: http://heataz.gov

Heat relief stations: https://www.salvationarmyphoenix.org/extreme-heat-relief

MORE: Know your limitations: Phoenix first responders ask hikers to prepare for heat, avoid overexertion

A woman is taken to an ambulance after experiencing heat exhaustion on South Mountain. (Phoenix Fire)

A woman is taken to an ambulance after experiencing heat exhaustion on South Mountain. (Phoenix Fire)

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