The heat is catching Phoenix hikers off guard. Here's how to avoid needing rescue

By Reyna Preciado
Published: Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - 1:54pm
Updated: Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 9:00am

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Units on the scene at Piestewa Peak in Phoenix
Phoenix Fire Department
Phoenix Fire Department units on the scene at Piestewa Peak in Phoenix for reports of an injured hiker in November 2021.

Unseasonably warm weather is creating problems for hikers on Phoenix mountains.

The late-autumn weather has been much warmer than in past years. November reached a record high for the average temperature, and the heat is catching hikers off guard. The Phoenix Fire Department performed a rescue Tuesday for someone who felt overheated. Fire Cpt. Todd Keller describes how to approach a hike to avoid needing rescue.

“We want you to take every precaution that you would take during the summer as you would during the winter. That heat can sneak up on you, especially if you’ve been walking for two-three hours," said Keller.

Keller recommends hikers take a different perspective as they scale the mountain. He says making it halfway up is still a successful hike, and whenever water supply is at the halfway point, then hikers should turn back.