Elderly Hiker Rescued from Bump and Grind Trail

An elderly hiker was rescued from the Bump and Grind Trail in Palm Desert Tuesday. Emergency personnel responded to the 75-year-old man’s call around 9:30 a.m. Cal Fire crews carried the man down the trail and transported him to the hospital.

The witness who called 911 for the elderly hiker said he collapsed after feeling lightheaded and nauseous. Fortunately he was not injured when he collapsed. He was taken to the hospital for observation.

With Hot Temperatures Come Hiking Mishaps

Last summer, two hikers were rescued from the same trail when they suffered from heat-related injuries. Several other people died last year from heat-related injuries while hiking Coachella Valley trails. Each year, people are injured in hiking incidents. Injuries are especially prevalent during the summer, when heat exhaustion is likely to play a role.

Health officials generally advise against hiking in the desert when temperatures are sweltering. If you decide to hit the trails this summer, make sure you follow these 7 rules for hiking in the summer:

  1. Start the hike early in the morning before temperatures rise to blistering levels.
  2. Hydrate at least an hour prior to your hike, and continue to hydrate frequently throughout the hike.
  3. Wear appropriate clothing, including moisture-wicking fabrics, thick socks and sturdy hiking shoes.
  4. Drink beverages that restore electrolytes, such as Gatorade, as well as water to avoid dehydration.
  5. Bring along emergency supplies, including snacks, a first aid kit and a fully charged cell phone.
  6. Always be sure to inform someone of where you will be and when you plan to return. If possible, you should always hike with at least one other person.
  7. Choose trails that are appropriate for your skill level, and always take the temperature into consideration when deciding. If it’s going to be an extremely hot day, consider rescheduling the hike.

“Unfortunately, year after year hikers underestimate the heat and put themselves at risk for serious issues. Please be smart and hold off on your hike if the weather is too hot,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today at (760) 777-7777 for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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