This Hiker Climbs Over 2,000 Miles A Day To Hand Out Water After Seeing Tourist Die Of Dehydration
Phoenix, Arizona is a beautiful place with lots of breathtakingly gorgeous hiking trails, and one of the most popular ones is the 1.3-mile trek to the top of the city’s famed Camelback Mountain. Though temperatures often soar over 100 degrees and the hiking trail is marked as “extremely difficult,” it does not stop tourists from trying to attempt it.
As tourists make their way up the trail, there are signs warning them not to get dehydrated. One sign eventually even says “If you’re halfway through your water, turn around,” but most hikers do not heed this warning. Thankfully for them, however, 53 year-old Scott Cullymore is often there to help!
Scott owns a carpet-cleaning company in nearby Mesa, but when he is not running his business, he can typically be found hiking up and down Camelback handing out water to other hikers, earning himself the nickname “The Water Angel.”
Scott’s quest to hydrate hikers started in 2015, when he was hiking Camelback one day only to find that a British tourist had died after being lost for nearly six hours in the brutal summer heat. This experience affected Scott so deeply that he wanted to make sure that no other tourists lost their lives at Camelback in this way.
“They underestimate the mountain, and they overestimate what they can do, and they get themselves in trouble,” Scott explained. “It’s misleading that we’re in the middle of the city. You can die up here, and no one would know.”
He went on to say that when he comes upon a hiker who is not sweating anymore and has a flushed face, he reaches into his insulated orange backpack, pulls out a cold bottle of water, and hands it to the person.
Austin Hill is one person who Scott has saved with his water, and he feels lucky that The Water Angel was out there to help him.
“You think you know the heat, but then you get out here in the desert and it surrounds you like a blanket,” he said, before pointing to Scott. “We ran into this Good Samaritan here.”