Winter hiking safety warning for WA after series of mountain rescues – ABC News

Authorities are urging bushwalkers and hikers to prepare properly for hiking in winter with concerns of hypothermia and increasing pressure on responders after recent rescues.

The Great Southern region has some of WA’s most popular hikes, particular during winter with snow possible on peaks in the Stirling Range.

The Bluff Knoll summit hike is one of the most visited in WA, offering stunning views from the 1090m summit. 

But a number of people have needed rescuing from the peak in recent months.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services Great Southern officer Wayne Green said it could be more challenging to rescue people in winter due to the elements and conditions.

“We’ve had a situation where not only our crew on the ground, but also our staff that crew the rescue helicopters have been put at risk whilst trying to rescue people from Bluff Knoll in particular where wind has had a big impact on the safety of the aircraft,” Superintendent Green said.

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