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Twist in Case of Missing Hikers Found 'Locked in Embrace'

Police believe it was a murder-suicide

(Newser) - Southern California authorities say the deaths of a young woman and man who vanished in Joshua Tree National Park over the summer were a murder-suicide, the AP reports. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said Friday that the bodies found Sunday were identified as 20-year-old Rachel Nguyen and 22-year-old... More »

He Called Himself 'Mr. Breeze.' He Was Really a 'Con Man'

Brendan Borrell profiles Jeff Caldwell in 'Outside'

(Newser) - In the thru-hiking community, he called himself Mr. Breeze. On dating website Plenty of Fish, he was "lovetohike1972." But to those who've encountered Jeff Caldwell over the past two decades, he's perhaps best known as a con man who gains a person's trust only to... More »

5 Survival Tips That Could Be Difference Between Life, Death

A little preparation goes a long way

(Newser) - Survival expert Creek Stewart has been called "Fabio of the forest," a nickname that he seemed unbothered by in a 2015 interview with Indianapolis Monthly . "I do use [my hair] to insulate my neck. If you can control the temperature of your neck in cold weather, you... More »

Couple Dies Hours Into Hike Amid 113-Degree Heat

Kathie Barber, Gen Miake found dead in Mojave Desert

(Newser) - At 11am Saturday, they began hiking in California's Mojave Desert. By about 1:30pm, they were out of water and Kathie Barber's 60-year-old husband was missing. The 113-degree heat spared neither of them: Barber, 58, and Gen Miake were found near Amboy Crater and pronounced dead at the... More »

Couple Has Been Missing for 6 Days in Sweltering Park

Their car was found in Joshua Tree National Park on Friday

(Newser) - Long-term survival in Joshua Tree National Park is "not impossible but highly improbable," a spokesperson is warning six days after a couple vanished inside the park's boundaries. Joseph Orbeso, 21, and Rachel Nguyen, 20, of Orange County, Calif., haven't been seen or heard from since setting... More »

Father and Son Hikers Die in Stifling National Park

Robert Stuart Pluta, 57, and Bobby Pluta, 21, were found dead earlier this week

(Newser) - The heat wave scorching the western US likely played a role in the death of a father and son from Texas. Robert Stuart Pluta, 57, and son Bobby, 21, set off on a hiking trip in Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico Thursday. The first of the men's... More »

He Wanted Free Pizza. Instead He Got Hypothermia

Tip: Don't wear shorts while hiking in a snowstorm

(Newser) - There are people who love pizza, and then there are those who'd climb a mountain in a snowstorm just to get their hands on a cheesy slice. A hiker from Flagstaff, Ariz., is apparently among the latter group. The Coconino County Sheriff's Office says a search-and-rescue team had... More »

Lost Trekker Survived on Ledge for 47 Days

Man's girfriend died just 3 days before rescue

(Newser) - A Taiwanese couple who disappeared while trekking in Nepal were found after 47 days—but it was three days too late for one of them. Liang Sheng-yueh, 21, is being treated in a Kathmandu hospital after being found on a ledge under a waterfall in the remote Dhading region, AFP... More »

Family: Merrell Shoe Founder's Missing Wife Has Survival Skills

Family says Lou-Ann Merrell may be able to keep herself, stepgrandson alive

(Newser) - The woman who was swept down a remote creek in Grand Canyon National Park on Saturday is the wife of a popular outdoor footwear company founder, leaving her family hoping the 62-year-old has the skills to keep her stepgrandson and herself alive until they're found. Lou-Ann Merrell, wife of... More »

Tragedy on Canadian Mountain: 'I Think Your Friends Have Fallen'

5 hikers fall 1.6K feet to death after Mount Harvey snow overhang collapses

(Newser) - When a hiker who'd fallen behind five of his friends on Vancouver's Mount Harvey got to the summit on Saturday, he expected to find them waiting for him. But in a horrific ending to his climb, he instead found another hiker not with his group, who told him,... More »

Middle-Aged Hiker Dies Near Everest Base Camp

Altitude sickness is suspected in death of 49-year-old

(Newser) - An Australian trekker has died near the Mount Everest base camp, reports the AP , possibly due to high-altitude sickness, police said Monday. The 49-year-old man died Friday at Lobuche village, located just below the base camp, at 16,200 feet, said Nepalese police official Khil Raj Bhattarai. Police identified the... More »

Couple Survives 48 Hours Lost in Blizzard on Mountain

They suffered hypothermia, frostbite, but survived

(Newser) - Madison Popolizio, 19, and boyfriend Blake Alois, 20, set out Sunday for what was supposed to be a day hike in New York's Adirondack Mountains. The weather forecast was "partly cloudy," Popolizio tells the Daily Gazette . Then fog rolled in so thick they could barely see their... More »

Hiker Sets Out to Find Himself, Ends Up Lost, Gets Maggots

Andrew Gaskell learned the hard way to heed trail signs

(Newser) - Andrew Gaskell set out to find himself and, well, got lost. The Australian was rescued from the Malaysian jungle on Tuesday after spending two weeks alone in a remote section of Borneo's Mulu National Park. Gaskell had been touring Asia while trying to "come to some sort of... More »

Dozens Join Search for Missing 21-Year-Old Hiker

'I have to face the reality that she may not still be alive,' Anna Schmidt's mom says

(Newser) - A worried family is searching for their 21-year-old daughter who disappeared while hiking in Oregon and hasn't been heard from since last Sunday, Fox 13 reports. “I have to face the reality that she may not still be alive," Michelle Schmidt says of her daughter Anna Schmidt.... More »

Inside the Futile Search for 'Inchworm' on the Trail

'Boston Globe' recounts death of hiker Gerry Largay in Maine

(Newser) - The discovery of a 66-year-old hiker's body off the Appalachian Trail last year made headlines in part for the poignancy of the journal and letters she left behind. “When you find my body,” wrote Jerry Largay, “please call my husband George ... and my daughter Kerry. It... More »

Hiker Dies Because Husband Used App Instead of Map

Jane Wilson fell to her death in March

(Newser) - A hiker's fatal fall in March has been blamed on using a smartphone app map instead of an actual map. The BBC reports Jane Wilson and her husband Gary were hiking on Tryfan in Wales when it started to get dark and they decided to skip the summit. While... More »

After Partner Dies on Trail, Woman Survives Month Alone

New Zealand authorities say she was trapped by snow

(Newser) - A bizarre story of survival out of New Zealand: Authorities say a woman survived for a month in a remote cabin after her partner was killed during a wintry hike in the mountains, reports the Guardian . Police say the Czech couple, in their late 20s or early 30s, began hiking... More »

Dad, 3 Kids Survive Days Lost in Wilderness

They apparently had bad directions

(Newser) - A hiker and his three young children have made it to safety in southwest Colorado after two nights spent lost in the wilderness. Volunteers in the Weminuche area spent hours searching for Dustin Beaver, 33, his 8-year-old son and daughter, and 6-year-old son, after they failed to return from a... More »

German Hikers Dead, Missing in Record Ariz. Heat

Severe heat wave has killed at least 5 across state

(Newser) - One German man is dead and another is missing after going hiking during the heat wave that's scorching the Southwest. Stefan Guenster, 57, died after becoming dehydrated while hiking the Ventana Canyon Trail on Sunday, when temperatures hit 115, a record for the date, reports the Arizona Daily Star... More »

Annoyed Rancher to Lots of Hikers: Google Maps Is Wrong

People were led to his property instead of the trail

(Newser) - Canadian rancher Pete Stoner was having a heck of a time getting Google to change its mapping tool to direct people in search of the Fort George Canyon Provincial Park in British Columbia to the trailhead instead of his private property. He says it all started in 2014, when he... More »

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