While this rescue benefitted from cell phone technology, hikers cannot always rely on cell phone coverage to communicate with 911 when they are in an emergency.
The Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue volunteers recommend that hikers in the Cascades leave information containing their hiking plan with a trusted friend or relative. Go to this link, http://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/204, for an easy to fill out form that you can leave with your friend or relative. They can relay this information to 911 in case you do not return home as planned.
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office: