17 Aug Sheriff Office stresses the importance of being prepared fo…
On Thursday, August 15th, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office responded to mountain climbers in need of rescue on Mt. Shasta.
Sheriff Jon Lopey with Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office says rescues on Mt. Shasta happen more often during spring and summer months due to the increase in visitors this time of year. He stresses the importance of being prepared when venturing out.
“When we engage in these kinds of rescue operations all too often people are not prepared. They don’t have the proper footwear many times, they don’t have the proper equipment, sometimes the proper clothing,” said Lopey.
Anyone venturing out should be well prepared and have extra tools, clothing, along with food and water in case of an emergency. Lopey recommends anyone looking to climb Mt. Shasta at the higher elevations visit the U.S. Forest Service station at Mt. Shasta.
“You are actually supposed to have a permit from the U.S. Forest Service for the higher elevations about ten-thousand feet,” said Lopey.
Many of the Search and Rescue team members are made up of volunteers who are well equipped and ready, however, that does not take away from how dangerous a rescue mission can be.
“These rescue efforts can be very expensive and more importantly potentially dangerous, so we just ask the citizens out there to be prepared.”