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Missing hikers found safe

Update 12 p.m.

Two hikers have walked out to safety after an unexpected night in the rugged backcountry of Vancouver's North Shore mountains.

The man and woman are in good condition, despite their ordeal.

They became separated from a larger group Monday on the Howe Sound Crest trail, a demanding, 11-hour hike between the Cypress Mountain resort in West Vancouver and Porteau Cove north of Vancouver.

West Vancouver Police Const. Jeff Palmer says the pair showed up at the Lions Bay fire hall early Tuesday morning.


Two residents from New York are missing in the rugged backcountry of Vancouver's North Shore mountains.

The man and woman became separated from a larger group Monday on the Howe Sound Crest trail, a demanding hike between the Cypress Mountain resort in West Vancouver and Porteau Cove, along Howe Sound, north of Vancouver.

Most hiking guides advise taking two days to complete the rough 29-kilometre trail, but the group may have intended to complete the estimated 11-hour hike in a single day.

Teams from North Shore Rescue and Lions Bay Rescue began searching from each end of the trail at about 9 Monday night and met in the middle overnight without finding any sign of the missing pair.

There's concern the man and woman, in their 20s, are not carrying any extra food, clothing, water, flashlights or provisions for an overnight stay.

New teams of searchers were heading into the area at first light.

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