Lost hiker walks out of Maple Ridge forest

All-night search involved team members, an RCMP dog helicopter.

It was a rough night in the bush for a local man who had a misadventure in UBC’s Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, Thursday.

Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue say the caretakers at the forest, at the north end of 232nd Street, noted a vehicle remained in the parking lot at the forest at closing time.

One of the caretakers heard what he thought were calls for help and got staff to look around. They didn’t find anything, so he called police.

Search and rescue showed up and just before midnight and got members out searching for the man.

RCMP dog and helicopter teams also responded.

Search and rescue leader Rick Laing said searchers were worried the man had fallen down the steep banks into the North Alouette River.

“Our plan of attack at first light was to put a swift water team into the river.”

But searchers didn’t have to worry.

The man showed up at about 6:30 a.m., walking along the B.C. Hydro transmission line right way of way towards the search command post.

“He seemed to be suffering from hypothermia when he showed up this morning.”

The man, in his 40s, also seemed confused.

“When we talked to him, he wasn’t sure where he was or where he had been.”

Mission and Coquitlam search and rescue joined in the all-night search.

“It was a long, involved search.”

It would be easy to fall 100 metres down a cliff in the dark, Laing added.

That’s why people who are lost should stay in one spot, both during the day and night, nightime especially.

The call was about the eighth the search and rescue team has had in the last two weeks.