A group of women who hiked a sweltering Phoenix mountain for a religious reality show called Bad Girls Gone God had to be flown or wheeled down the sweltering peak Thursday.
A total of eight women needed help from firefighters who left Camelback Mountain as temperatures soared to over 100 degrees. The hikers were unprepared and didn’t bring enough water with them, according to local outlets.
Two women were airlifted to a hospital, several others were wheeled down the mountain and three were able to make their way down under their own power with the help of firefighters, the Phoenix Fire Department reportedly said.
According to KPNX-TV, three women aged 24, 42 and 50 were treated in hospital for heat-related illnesses.
The group of women from Alabama, Tennessee and California had started hiking the Echo Canyon Trail early in the morning without much water or other supplies, the station reported.
According to the outlet, the hikers were filmed engaging in strenuous activities to get closer to God.
“We praise, we worship and we do various activities not only to test our physical test but also spiritually,” Jasmin Hunter told KSAZ-TV.
Members of the ill-prepared group attributed the laborious rescue to divine intervention.
“God was definitely with us,” Tatiana Robinson reportedly added. “We think if they hadn’t called — I don’t know what would have happened, but maybe we wouldn’t have made it.”
“I got very, very dizzy and after a while I was like, ‘No, I can’t do this,'” Robinson added.
“I barely made it. I had an episode in the car where I almost passed out. It was a lot,” Kristen Livingston told the broadcaster.
Camelback Mountain is a prominent landmark in Phoenix, and reaching the 1,280-foot summit on the shadowless Echo Canyon Trail is considered a strenuous endeavor.
“This is a challenging climb/trail, not a hike,” says a review on AllTrails.
“We definitely didn’t realize how intense it was,” Livingston told KPNX-TV.
The Phoenix Fire Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post.
Rescues from the trail are not uncommon, and the trail is sometimes closed on very hot days, government officials warn.
Actual temperatures at the summit can exceed 150 degrees, according to a Facebook group called Please Don’t Die or Need Rescue on Camelback Mountain, Arizona.
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