Search and Rescue & Sheriff’s Copter Delivers Backpackers to Safety

Santa Barbara-- On Monday, March 21, 2011 at approximately 11:30 am, Santa Barbara County Emergency Dispatch received a call reporting that two hikers and three dogs had not returned Sunday as expected from a weekend backpacking trip that began in the Nira area. A family member said that a 27-year old woman and a 36-year old male from the San Diego, along with their dogs, had planned on hiking...
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Sunset Valley Road Closed

GOLETA, CA. Los Padres National Forest officials today announced a temporary road closure on the Santa Lucia Ranger District as a result of heavy rainfall, swollen and fast-moving creeks and streams, and significant debris on the road. Until the weather clears and crews are able to safety assess the extent of the damage, the Sunset Valley Road (Forest Road Road 8N09) leading into Davy Brown...
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Couple Caught in Backcountry Escape Via Helicopter — Read Their Blog

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The Wildflowers are Starting to Pop

..... so Let’s Take a Hike! Saturday, March 19, 2011. Midland School is a private high school set on an almost 3,000 acre ranch in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley north of the town of Los Olivos. The Midland School Ranch features a beautiful network of trails abutting the Los Padres National Forest. These trails are open to the public for hiking through a conservation easement. March is...
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RESCUE PERSONNEL COMBINE TO CARRY OUT INJURED HIKER

Montecito, CA--Rescue personnel form the Montecito Fire Department and Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue responded together this afternoon to help a woman who was injured while hiking. Around noon on Monday, March 14, 2011, emergency crews were alerted to a report of an injured female in her 50's who suffered an ankle injury after slipping off a rock on the Cold Springs West Fork Trail....
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Kevin Gallagher Films 2,175 Mile, 6-Month Journey Along The Appalachian Trail (VIDEO)

Kevin Gallagher, a Richmond, Virginia-based filmmaker, took footage from his six-month trek along the 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail and condensed and reinterpreted it into one five minute video. (The unofficial record for completing the Trail was set in 2005 by runner Andrew Thompson.) That same year, Gallagher hiked the Trail and stopped every 24 hours to get pictures of the route. By the end...
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