A hiker and his two dogs were stranded in snow near the summitt of Mount Baden-Powell on Sunday, authorities said.
The hiker, a 30-year-old Aliso Viejo resident, went walking with a partner when he and his two dogs slid off the trail and down a 30-foot ice chute in Angeles National Forest, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
All three were stranded in a remote area, authorities said. They remained while snow and bone-chilling winds blew.
Due to extremely low visibility, helicopters could not be used. Palmdale Sheriff’s Deputies, the Antelope Valley Search and Rescue Team and the Crescenta Valley Search and Rescue Team responded to the location and insured that the neither the hiker, nor his canine companions, had to spend the night suffering through freezing temperatures, officials said.
Medical personel from local search and rescue teams determined the hiker was in good condition. He walked down the mountain with the team.
“This is a perfect example of why it’s important to pay attention to weather predictions when planning a hike,” said Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Commander John Johnston in a prepared statement.
Los Angeles County has eight search and rescue teams who average over 350 rescue missions a year and risk their lives for $1 each year.