We found a lonely bike, then found the owner. We have no other reports from the field today. Please the bottom of the page for the UPDATE.
There is a volunteer grid search organized for tomorrow February 24th at 1pm
The search is going to be in a little bit of harder to get to area. We will be entering off of the Powerline Rd and skirting along the edge of the clearcut (see map below). We completed the area shown on the map on February 22nd with 9 searchers and it took us nearly 3 hours. This hike tomorrow should be similar with a few big bluffs in our path. So experienced hikers would be best. The road is very narrow with no parking so if we can all meet at the intersection where the road comes into Manzanita (google maps calls the trail Manzanita as well) we can drive in in a few cars instead of all driving in.
If you are planning on coming a few things to note are that we will be going through pretty ruff terrain and over some bluffs so if you are not comfortable moving through these types of landscapes this might not be the hike for you. I will post about the difficulty of the hike each day so just wait for a more open one. Please bring proper footwear, warm clothes, water, a whistle and any extra whistles that you might have, a small first aid kit and a phone or digital camera. Please read our Search Guidelines before coming out (if you have not already).
Thank you so much it has been great to get out there and search carefully in all of these places that have been on my mind and cross them off the list.
Thank you Cortes
You can call our new contact number (778) 348-3603 (Campbell River cell) and listen to the message or check this blog to find out exact time and location of the next grid search. Leave a message if you would like us to call back, or if you are letting us know a place that you have searched. You can also comment at the bottom of this post.
We would love it if the trails around Hague Lake were checked. If you do go (there or somewhere else), please comment below on the route you took so we have a sense of what territory is being covered. Again, before setting out, please notify a friend and visit our Search Guidelines if you have not already. Thank you for your help!
The Edmonton based Canadian Search and Disaster Dogs Association is planning to return to Cortes with 4 dogs to help with the search from March 6-9th. We are super grateful and excited to see them again soon!
CASDDA was born from a dream, from the union of a vision and a passion…
In a world torn by natural disasters, by discrimination and misunderstandings, we must stand up and give a hand, a smile, we must bring a little hope, a little love, a little help, and show the world that we are one.
Dogs, the kindest creature God ever offered to humanity, were our passion. So they became our tools. With us and for us all, they train and work by day and by night, in the freezing cold and under the suffocating heat. They learn to recognize the human scent of those buried deep under rubble, under snow, they seek the one lost in the woods or fallen off a cliff. They travel across the world to offer their help whenever and wherever. No wind, no vibration of the earth, no language, no religion, no culture will stop them. They are there for you, reliable, loyal, whoever you are, wherever you are… “So you can live…”
~ from their website.