This Saturday, personnel from the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff's VIDA (Vital Intervention and Directional Alternatives) program participants from the Altadena and Temple stations for a hike in our local Altadena mountains. The Altadena station's VIDA program had taken program participants hiking in the past and was elated that the Temple station VIDA program was participating on this outing. AMRT, VIDA deputies, along with several volunteers led 24 at risk youth VIDA students on a hike into Rubio Canyon to teach the students forest safety, the importance of a hiking plan, and what to expect while hiking, including commonly seen wildlife. The students spent almost 3 hours hiking into the first waterfall. Several students have never been out of the city or have ventured into the forest before. Many of the students were concerned about the recent death in Eaton Canyon. The students saw first-hand how treacherous, steep, and crumbly the mountain is just off trail. This is the third successful trek with the VIDA program participants and as always, we wished the students the best of luck with completion of the VIDA program and in their future endeavors.
For more information on the Sheriff's VIDA program visit: http://www.vida.la