Woman is fighting for her life after suffering heat exhaustion while hiking South Mountainfirefighters announced on Sunday.

A 60-year-old woman was hiking on a trail just before 7 a.m. when her daughter noticed she was suffering from heat.

The girl called 911 and firefighters found the woman half a mile down the trail with “an altered level of consciousness.”

The hiker was loaded onto a Ferris wheel and eventually taken to hospital in extremely critical condition.

Fire crews from Phoenix, Tempe and Chandler all assisted in the rescue.

Hiking safety tips

  • Avoid drinking the night before or drinking coffee in the morning.
  • Wear the right gear: shoes, hats, sunglasses
  • Bring a fully charged phone and go hiking with someone
  • Stay hydrated before, during and after a hike
  • Choose a cooler time of day
  • If you’re hiking alone, tell someone where you’re going
  • Know your limits
  • Stay on track

Prevent heat exhaustion/heat stroke

The Arizona Department of Health Services has stated that the following precautions can be taken to prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke:

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings
  • Limit outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day (midday)
  • Check on at-risk friends, family, and neighbors at least twice a day
  • Drink water before, during and after working or exercising outdoors

To take a walk. Do it Right campaign: https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/hikeright

More thermal resources: http://heataz.gov

Thermal rescue stations: https://www.salvationarmyphoenix.org/extreme-heat-relief

AFTER: Know your limits: Phoenix first responders urge hikers to prepare for heat, avoid overexertion

A woman is taken to an ambulance after suffering heat exhaustion in South Mountain. (Phoenix Fire)

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