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Hiking in the heat, some hikers hike Camelback unprepared

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - The near record setting heat, not stopping people from hiking during the hottest part of the day.

A rescue crew told us someone took their kids hiking Camelback with no water, something they say is a recipe for disaster.

While we saw many experienced and prepared hikers, we found other's who weren't.

The Phoenix Fire Department helped a hiker in need down Camelback Mountain, it's a scene they see all too often when temperatures rise.

"I'm a flight paramedic, so we go on a lot of stuff like this, dehydration, overexertion, if you're not experienced, or you haven't Done it before, no way," said Don Solberg.

We found Don Solberg *running* up Camelback around 3:30 this afternoon. He says the intense heat helps him him train for the Pikes Peak Marathon, which has him racing up 7,000 feet.

Catherine Zabilski, who runs for Baylor University, carries extra water with her.

"I always carry 5-6 water bottles with me and I've never been on a hike this summer without handing out bottles to people. It's mostly out of town people who don't  realize how hot 106 is," said Zabilski.

Fact at the top of the trail, Catherine handed water to an 18 year-old from Nebraska. "A young lady helped me out she gave me a bottle of water she was nice. I made it down," said Noah Gauff.

"You can always tell the tourists; they're red in the face, they're sitting down in the shade, and they have one little bottle of water in their hand and it's empty," said Martin Laprade.

Some tourists from Pennsylvania, including one in jeans, almost found themselves in trouble. "We wanted to hike the whole thing but it's too hard, we had to turn back," said Luis Torres.

FOX 10 asked Torres if the group took water he replied, "No, no, we weren't even going to do this, this was unexpected," said Torres.

Many of the experienced hikers we spoke with said it's important to be covered, many were wearing long sleeve, ventilated hiking shirts and hats, and of course, remember to bring plenty of water.
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