|Peak Summited||2019 Rose Peak|
|Type of Hike||Day hike|
|Trailhead||Ohlone Wilderness Trail|
|Hiking Companions||Hiked with a group|
|Road Conditions||Road suitable for all vehicles|
|Bug Status||Bugs were terrible|
|Snow Conditions||Snow free|
|Trail Conditions||Trail in good condition|
We arrived at Lake Del Valle at 6:30am to begin our hike. We got attacked by mosquitoes and flies the moment we got out of the car. It was beautiful though. There was a family of 6 deer grazing including a bambi 😍 and an army of wild turkeys to greet us at the parking lot. We started our hike at 7:15am. It took us 5 1/2 hours to get to the peak. We had our notorious “peaknic” before heading back down the mountain. My brother developed heat exhaustion about 1/2 mile after we left the peak. Despite my recommendation to call 911 he wanted to keep pushing back to the parking lot. We made it 5 miles when his body shut down and he went into shock. I called 911 despite him begging me to let him finish the hike back down by foot. We kept him warm and let him sleep for about an hour until the helicopter arrived with a medic. He was air lifted back to the lake to an ambulance. Me and the rest of the hike gang put our gear on including our head lamps and was ready to hike back to car but the rangers wouldn't let us and they air lifted us in a different chopper back to the lake. It was my first ride in a helicopter and the views were breathtaking. The rangers and CHP officers and medic were amazing. They treated my brother so good. He was embarrassed by the situation but they made him feel comfortable and strong for making it as far as he did. Thank you for everything EBRP and CHP!!!
We all left there with a different lesson learned. My lesson was go with my first mind when there is a medical crisis occurring. I wanted to call 911 when his symptoms first started around 1:15pm but I let him dictate the situation and finally took charge at 5:22pm and made the call. My brother was upset but at that point we had two choices call and get him help sooner or suck it up and trek slowly down the mountain resting every 5 mins. With sundown quickly approaching I knew I had to stop the hike to increase our chances of being seen by the chopper. If ever faced with another serious situation like that, I will make the call sooner.