British Columbia

Missing hiker sought near Vancouver

Search and rescue teams in Squamish, B.C., are searching for a man who was last seen leaving on a hike through the Coast Mountains without food or camping gear.

Search and rescue teams in Squamish, B.C., are searching for a missing man who was last seen leaving on a five-day hike alone through the Coast Mountains without food or camping gear.

Tyler Wright was dropped off by a friend at the Boise Creek Trail near Squamish on Aug. 10. His plan was to hike through the mountains across to the Coquitlam area northeast of Vancouver.

Wright, 35, was wearing running shoes and took little food but no tent, sleeping bag, map or compass. He was supposed to complete the trek by Aug. 16 but failed to show up.

"He's done quite a few trips by himself. He spent a week in the woods in Hawaii by himself," said Ricky Hebert, Wright's brother-in-law. "He's been camping with his dad since he was five or six, so he's no stranger to the outdoors."

The rough trails in the area pass through the Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, a large, unserviced wilderness area north of Vancouver.

Police were notified on Wednesday and two helicopters and a team on the ground began searching for Wright that evening.

The search efforts were expanded on Thursday to include a fixed-wing aircraft and more volunteers on the ground.

Cpl. Dave Ritchie of the Squamish RCMP said police have an accurate starting point for the search.

"We were able to positively identify the area that he was dropped off on August 10," said Ritchie.

"He had lunch with his friend before he left, so we have pictures of them having lunch, and we were able positively ID the starting point to the search," said Richtie.

Hebert said it was out of character for Wright not to make contact, but he says the family remains optimistic.

"Part of me hopes that he's just spending a couple extra days and he's enjoying his time," he said. "If anybody can survive out in the bush for this amount of time, I'm pretty confident it'd be him."

With files from the CBC's Stephanie Mercier