Hiker and his dog rescued from backcountry west of Rocky Mountain House

An Edmonton hiker who found himself unable to get back to his vehicle during a four-day hike west of Rocky Mountain House, Alta., was rescued after stamping out an SOS in the snow.

The man and his dog left the staging of the Pinto Lake Trail on Highway 11 near the Cline River last Wednesday, RCMP said in a news release Tuesday.

The man told police when he was at Pinto Lake he out ran out of “adequate resources” and didn’t think he could make it back to his vehicle.

Instead, he stomped out SOS in the snow on Pinto Lake.

The distress signal was picked up by a remote Alberta Agriculture and Forestry camera and RCMP were alerted Monday. 

Rocky Mountain House Search and Rescue, and RCMP K Division air services personnel were deployed to Pinto Lake, where they found the man and his dog in good health. 

Both were airlifted back to the trailhead staging area. 

The hiker told his rescuers he was expecting to return home Sunday. 

RCMP are reminding the public to be adequately prepared for back-country excursions and to carry a locating device in case a rescue is required.

Rocky Mountain House is 215 kilometres southwest of Edmonton.

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Sherwood Park

Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.


Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

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