It was an unplanned overnight adventure that Jane Konradova Wensel and Akasha Sage won’t forget.
The two young women spent Tuesday night huddled in a cave above Lions Bay, lost and sheltering from a hail storm.
The duo had set out on what was meant to be an eight hour hike on the Lions Trail on Tuesday, but took an ill fated shortcut.
“[We] just thought we could cut under the trail and then got completely lost and got all turned around, and then we were using our GPS and then the phone died,” said Konrad Wensel.
They ended hiking back up up the slope until they could see Lions Bay, and began bushwhacking their way down again, until darkness and weather forced them to take shelter in a cave.
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On Wednesday, Lions Bay Search and Rescue deployed to the area to try and find the missing girls.
“They [were] missing basically overnight. About 4:20 [Tuesday] was the last ping from their cellphone, the family had been out searching for them but without success,” said Lions Bay search manager Martin Colwell.
But it wasn’t the search team that found the two.
Konradova Wensel said she and her friend followed a drainage down until they reached the highway, were they flagged down a vehicle.
They driver knew who they were right away she said.
Konradova Wensel said she and Sage are immensely thankful for the effort of search and rescue volunteers who were called out to try and find them, and that she’s learned a lesson.
“I feel really bad about it,” she said.
“I would stay on the trail 100 per cent, I would pack more clothes, certain things like a compass and not just rely on my phone. There’s a bunch of things I’m going to do differently now, going out there. It’s a big eye opener.”
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