NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A hiker is still missing in the area of the Howe Sound Crest trail near Cypress Mountain Resort after first reporting herself in distress around 3:20 p.m. Thursday.
North Shore Rescue along with RCMP crews scrambled to find the woman in the area of Saint Mark’s Peak after she said she was facing difficulty and steep terrain on her descent.
After first establishing cellphone contact at 3:20 p.m. they have not heard from her since but believe they have a general idea of where she is located.
The 21-year-old woman, Nikki, first called her boyfriend in Toronto who then relayed her distress to crews here in B.C.
She is believed to have been wearing a black ski jacket and was hiking the Howe Sound Crest Trail to St. Mark’s.
Anyone with information is asked to call the West Vancouver Police Department at 604-925-7300.
Bad weather impacts search efforts
Allan McMordie, with North Shore Rescue, says crews continued to look for her into the early hours of Friday but say conditions worsened.
“Things have turned pretty miserable up here. It’s no longer the nice day we had. They’re getting freezing rain at the top, so the conditions are not great.”
For a time Thursday, North Shore Rescue deployed their Talon helicopter with night vision to help find the hiker near her general area, with brief assistance from an RCMP chopper as well.
After the weather took a turn, McMordie says air support was grounded and crews were left to search on foot for the rest of the night.
“[RCMP] weren’t able to access the search area because of weather — earlier we had crews searching with night vision but the weather just got so bad.”
We don’t know much about the woman who went missing although NSR tells NEWS 1130 she has a history of adventure trips documented through her social media and was recently hiking around the Garibaldi area Wednesday.
McMordie adds, while her experience level isn’t clear, she’s been traveling a lot.
“She calls herself a ‘solo world traveler.’ Before COVID she was all over the world and since COVID she’s been all over Canada. She’s not really well-equipped, but better than running shoes.”