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Posted on August 12 at 10:44 p.m.
I'm the hiker referred to in the last paragraph. I hike 6-7 days/week in SB- mostly Jesusita, Tunnel, Gaviota Peak, Cold Spring/Montecito Peak. I know the trails and have lived here for years... but on Sunday I just made some bad decisions that got me severely off track and in a truly unhikeable area. I was airlifted out only because the helicopter was already in the air assisting the injuries on Tunnel. I wasn't actually flown back to my car; I was flown to the cul-de-sac at the end of nearby Spyglass ridge and managed on my own back to my car at the Rattlesnake trailhead. No Blackhawk Down revisits. The Search and Rescue team was amazing; those guys are real pros- couldn't have been more helpful, more organized, or more reassuring. We are very fortunate to have those guys around!
On Busy Sunday for Search and Rescue