LOCAL NEWS

Lost Hiker Said She Learned Valuable Lessons After Night On The Mountain

Aug 11, 2020, 6:37 PM | Updated: 9:37 pm

LAYTON, Utah –  Becky Ethington knows Fernwood Park pretty well, but she ventured further up the mountain and got lost in the dark. That’s why there was a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter with infrared cameras and search and rescue volunteers from several area agencies searching for her Monday night.

On top of that, family, neighbors, friends, even co-workers from the junior high where Ethington teaches, all helped with the search.

“I’m appreciative and really grateful for the people who showed up and care about me, and I love them just as much,” she said.

Ethington tried to find her way last night for a while with a small flashlight, but ultimately ended up hunkering down next to a tree.

She followed a stream back down the mountain Tuesday morning. Ethington said there are some things she’s learned from the overnight ordeal.

“(I) told my husband where I was going, said, ‘I’ll be back tonight, a little after dark,’ kind of thing, you know,” she said.

But she didn’t leave an exact location, which was further up the mountain than normal.

“I’m up at the top and ready to come back down, and up there the trail is really light,” Ethington said.

And it was getting dark. She tried a couple of times to find her way back.

“Just found a place under a pine tree and leaned back, hoping there were no termites, and went to bed for the night,” she said.

She had plenty of water but forgot her phone. Commander of Davis County’s Search and Rescue, Erik Bornemeier, said always go up with a full charge and don’t waste your batteries on social media. Plus, he warned hikers to be aware of the weather.

“Weather has a way of draining a battery; so extreme cold or heat,” he said.

Bornemeier also said when you call 911, it will usually give police dispatch your GPS location.

“So if you’re in trouble, call 911 first,” he said. “And call family members after. That way, we can get resources going to you right away.”

Ethington found her way back in the morning, following a stream downhill.

“Stay put, really,” she said. “I wish I would have done that last night. Stay put, have everything in your pack. You know, have your glass of water, have some food, have a sweatshirt, a hat. I usually have a hat. I didn’t have one.”

Bornemeier also said stay put. They’ve ended up following people around a mountain, on some searches.

And if you stop sweating, that’s a sign that heatstroke is on the way. Drinking from a creek or stream is better than going through that, but even better — always bring plenty of water.

Ethington walked right into the rescue command post with just a sunburn and some scratches.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

...
Tamara Vaifanua

Cedar City to honor beloved teacher with a park

There’s an effort underway in Cedar City to honor a beloved teacher who lost her battle with breast cancer earlier this year.
10 hours ago
(Derek Petersen/KSL TV)...
Josh Ellis

Suspect dead, officer injured after South Salt Lake shooting

One person is dead and a South Salt Lake police officer was injured after shots were fired early Tuesday morning.
10 hours ago
Domestic violence organizations saw a significant increase in request for shelter during the pandem...
Ashley Moser

Advocates encourage victims, perpetrators to seek help as domestic violence increases

Domestic violence organizations saw a significant increase in requests for shelter during the pandemic.
1 day ago
UDOT says it spend over $1.5 million on fixing potholes in the last fiscal year, FY 2022....
Matt Gephardt & Sloan Schrage, KSL TV

Submitting a claim to the government for pothole damage? Good luck with that

A pothole can do serious and expensive damage to your car. But as Get Gephardt found, if you hit a bad spot on a Utah road, don’t expect the city or state to rush to pay for your repairs.
1 day ago
We All Belong logo....
Debbie Worthen

Parent advocacy group celebrates kids with special needs

A rally in Draper brings hundred of people together to celebrate inclusion for kids with special needs.
1 day ago
American Leadership Academy....
Shelby Lofton

A Spanish Fork high school homecoming dress code causes tension between students and faculty

Upset students are speaking out tonight after being turned away from their homecoming dance.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Types of Computer Malware and Examples...
PC Laptops

5 Nasty Types of Computer Malware and Examples | Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Computer and Family Safe

Here are the different types of computer malware and examples that could potentially infect your computer.
tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
Lost Hiker Said She Learned Valuable Lessons After Night On The Mountain