ALBUQUREQUE (KRQE) - Lessons learned for a group of hikers who got lost Wednesday night in the Sandia Mountains.
The three men and their dogs started their hike around noon Wednesday.
Around 1 o’clock Thursday morning, they realized they were lost and called APD for help just before their cell phone battery died.
“Pretty much just enough to tell them where we were at, but I was hoping they would come pick us up at night because it was cold,” Michael rourke said.
Search and rescue went out Thursday morning and found the group several hours after the call.
After 10 o’clock Thursday morning, the three men and three dogs walked off the mountain wearing shorts and t-shirts. One was shirtless, saying the group used his shirt to start and keep a fire going through the night.
The group says they started their hike in the mountain to tire out the dogs and then tired to find the wreckage of an old plane crash.
They ran out of daylight and got lost.
“We were dang near on the other side of that ridge, so it was pretty far back there,” Rourke said
The group says they had limited supplies to survive several nights out there, so they're thankful the search and rescue groups found them.
APD and state police helped with the search.
Bernalillo County fire was on scene to check out the health of the hikers, who were all okay.
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