The hiker was walking alone in Fallbrook in the gorgeous clear weather at about 4:30 p.m. when she took a turn off the beaten path and found that she couldn’t get herself back up the icy slope to the trail.
“I’ve been trying for a good hour to get up,” said the hiker, 27, from her position about 30 feet from the trail. “I’m not hurt at all, I just could use a hand.”
The hiker apparently tied a thin rope to a tree and took a turn down the steep slope with an inspiring view of Fallbrook gorge and the valley beyond.
The hiker held onto her rope while Geneseo firefighters prepared a rescue harness and climbed down to her, then pulled her back up the icy slope.
The hiker added that she is part of the Keep Exploring Club, a national hiking and outdoors organization.
“Sometimes in life you just gotta laugh at yourself,” added the hiker. “This is actually a story I would like to share with the owners of the outdoors club who I am sure would get a kick out of it.”
Livingston County Deputy Sheriffs assisted on scene, alongside Livingston County ALS.
PHOTO CAPTION: (Photos/Conrad Baker)