Dramatic rescue after Sandia hiker stuck 12 hours

Posted at: 03/02/2014 5:38 PM
Updated at: 03/02/2014 8:24 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Weather played a big role in some hikers getting stranded on trails in the Sandia Mountains on Sunday. 

One of them is 23-year-old hiker Shantel Trujillo, who got stuck on the La Luz Trail.

Because of the cold and terrain, it has taken search and rescue crews nearly 12 hours to get her back down the mountain.

Trujillo was hiking the La Luz Trail with her boyfriend when she started to have an anxiety attack and became hypothermic.

Trujillo’s boyfriend, 26-year-old Chris Pearson, told police the couple started their hike around 6 a.m. under clear skies.

State Police say things changed halfway up the trail.

Trujillo started getting scared and cold.

She quickly tensed up and could not move.

Police tell KOB Eyewitness News 4 that the pair was not dressed for the weather and freezing temperatures toward the top of the mountain caught them by surprise.

Pearson told police some experienced hikers came across the couple, and he left Trujillo with them to go find help.

Search and rescue crews brought Trujillo down via the Sandia Peak Tramway—nearly 12 hours after she set out on her hike.  

Police say they were surprised the couple set out this morning so unprepared for the conditions.

They also want to remind hikers to be prepared for the weather conditions.