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Report Reveals New Details on Family Hiking Tragedy

Body of John Gerrish was found with daughter, while Ellen Chung was found on a hill

(Newser) - For weeks, it was a mystery of the highest order . How did a California couple perish with their 1-year-old daughter and dog on a California hiking trail? In October, the Mariposa County Sheriff's Office ended the speculation by announcing that Ellen Chung, 31, Jonathan Gerrish, 45, daughter Miju, and...

Your Kid Finished the Appalachian Trail? Be Quiet, Maybe

In 'Outside' essay, Krista Langlois explains why she doesn't like stories of young record-breakers

(Newser) - We've all seen the occasional headlines about kids who set mountain-climbing records or hike the entire Appalachian Trail , but Krista Langlois doesn't want to hear about such feats anymore. In her latest piece for Outside , she explains it's not that she's unimpressed by the youngsters' abilities,...

He Tried, Failed to Reclaim His Appalachian Trail Record
His Wild Appalachian Trail
Goal Wasn't Attainable
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His Wild Appalachian Trail Goal Wasn't Attainable

Scott Jurek's second fastest-known-time attempt lasted only 8 days

(Newser) - In 2015, ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek set a fastest-known-time record by tearing through the full 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail in 46 days, eight hours. At the time, Newser covered the fine he had to pay due to the fact that he celebrated with champagne . That record stood for just a year,...

He Just Hiked Entire Appalachian Trail. Next, Kindergarten

Harvey Sutton completed the entire 2.1K miles in 209 days with his parents

(Newser) - Harvey Sutton, or "Little Man," as he's known on the Appalachian Trail, won't have long to bask in the glory of hiking its full length. After all, he starts kindergarten Friday. At 5 years old, Harvey is one of the youngest to complete the trail, trekking...

Woman Who Passed Out During Hike Wakes to Familiar Face

Actress Julie Bowen and her doctor sister to the rescue

(Newser) - Imagine going for a picturesque hike while on vacation with your family. You find yourself feeling unwell and need to sit down. Suddenly, darkness takes over and you pass out. When the light returns and you open your eyes, you see a familiar figure smiling over you. Sounds like maybe...

His Time for Legendary Trail Is 'Mind-Boggling'
He Finished Legendary Trail
in 'Mind-Boggling' Time
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He Finished Legendary Trail in 'Mind-Boggling' Time

(Newser) - Hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail is quite an accomplishment. As Outside notes, only about 20% who try are successful. Hiking the 2,655-mile trail in only one season? Amazing. Doing it in 51 days? "Mind-boggling," says an official with the PCT Association. In fact, it appears to...

Heat to Reach Yosemite This Weekend

Hikers will be facing temperatures of 100 degrees or so

(Newser) - As a heat wave settles in on the West Coast this weekend, Yosemite National Park might sound like an attractive escape. But temperatures at Yosemite are expected to hit 100 or 111 degrees over the weekend, SFGate reports. "Because there's a lot of exposed granite in the park...

Hiker Missing 8 Days Miraculously Found Alive

Andrew Devers, 25, survived more than a week on river water and berries

(Newser) - It’s blazing hot in the Pacific Northwest right now—which means it’s unusually warm at higher elevations, too. That could have been what saved a hiker lost in the wild for eight days. Andrew Devers, 25, left on June 18 for a hike near North Bend, Washington,...

Trail Hazard for Female Hikers: Mansplaining
Trail Hazard for Female
Hikers: Mansplaining

Trail Hazard for Female Hikers: Mansplaining

'Backpacker' editor Zoe Gates recounts the frequent condescension

(Newser) - It may as well be on the checklist for female hikers gearing up for a trek—the knowledge that somewhere along the trail, some guy, even a well-meaning one, is liable to explain in condescending manner the ins and outs of trail life. At Outside , Zoe Gates—who just happens...

Missouri Hunter Shoots Hiker He Mistook for Turkey

Police say the shooting appears to be an accident

(Newser) - A hunter shot and seriously injured a hiker near St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday, with police stating that the hunter mistook the man for a turkey. "It sounds like it was just a really bad accident," a police spokesperson said, with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporting that it...

Pacific Crest Trail Hiker's Adventure Turns to Tragedy
Pacific Crest Trail Hiker's
Trek Turns to Tragedy

Pacific Crest Trail Hiker's Trek Turns to Tragedy

A look at the death of 22-year-old Trevor Laher in 'Alta'

(Newser) - It's difficult to know exactly how many people have died on the famed Pacific Crest Trail since it was completed in 1993, but Louise Farr at Alta estimates the figure could be as high as 20. Her story, however, focuses only on the most recent of those—the death...

2 Hikers Aim to Finish Coveted 'Triple Crown'

Stanford pair hope to be youngest to hike 3 mammoth trails in one calendar year

(Newser) - Two Stanford students started hiking on New Year's Day and don't plan to stop for the better part of a year—all part of their goal to become the youngest hikers to claim the "Calendar Year Triple Crown," reports the Los Angeles Times . In other words,...

Grand Canyon Hiker Falls to Her Death Taking Photos

59-year-old was off the trail, officials say

(Newser) - A woman taking photographs during an off-trail hike at the Grand Canyon fell 100 feet to her death, park officials said. She was taking photos with family members, USA Today reports. Maria A. Salgado Lopez, 59, of Scottsdale, Arizona, accidentally stepped off the rim just west of Mather Point, officials...

For Isolated Hiker, Coronavirus Panic 'Never Registered'

Leslie Pariseau describes effort to pull determined father from Appalachian Trail

(Newser) - As COVID-19 found a foothold across the US, plenty of young adults "expressed indignation at failing to convince their parents to stop running to the grocery store for milk, or to abandon vacation plans, a strange inversion of roles that has left many of us boomer-reared sons and daughters...

She Says Boy Was Too Tired to Walk. Now, a Grim Find

Body of 5-year-old found near Alaskan hiking trail after mom says she had to leave him to seek help

(Newser) - The body of a 5-year-old boy has been found near an Alaskan hiking trail days after his mother left him in search of help. Ketchikan's Jennifer Treat, 36, and her son, Jaxson Brown, had set out on the 13.7-mile Lunch Creek Trail on Revillagigedo Island on Wednesday before...

'Unsanctioned' Hike Leads to Tragedy in NY Park

College student Katherine Vollmer, 20, fell off cliff in Hasbrouck Park near SUNY New Paltz

(Newser) - College students on a Monday evening hike in an upstate New York park met tragedy when one of the hikers slipped and fell 150 feet to her death. NBC News reports 20-year-old Katherine Vollmer, from Rochester, was returning with her companions to their vehicles in Hasbrouck Park in Kingston, near...

Dear Self-Righteous Hikers, Enough With the Tech Shaming

Essayist at 'Outside' is tired of the judgy comments, often directed at newbies

(Newser) - A warning to anyone who uses a phone on a hike, a run, or any other kind of outdoor activity: You will be judged. In an essay at Outside , Marissa Stephenson writes that it's time for the tech shaming to stop. Stephenson listens to podcasts when she runs, and...

Smart Watch Saves 3 Lives
He Had a Rape Bag.
She Had a Watch

He Had a Rape Bag. She Had a Watch

And that Apple Watch did one thing very well

(Newser) - Looks like the Apple Watch came in handy for three people in dire straits. One, dubbed Anna by CBC News , awoke in her Calgary apartment in April to find a dark figure moving around. Per court testimony Tuesday, John Joseph Macindoe had broken in with a "rape bag" including...

Hikers Need Better Awareness of a Deadly Risk
Hikers, a Dangerous Risk
May Be Growing

Hikers, a Dangerous Risk May Be Growing

Beware falling trees in ailing forests, cautions a post at 'Outside'

(Newser) - This summer, a hiker on the Pacific Coast Trail died after a tree fell on him, while a woman on the Colorado Trail died when a tree came down on her tent. Fluke, one-in-a-million tragedies? Maybe not, writes Taylor Gee at Outside . Stats on such deaths are hard to come...

He Lived the Hiking Dream. The Real Story Was Sadder
He Lived the Hiking Dream.
The Real Story Was Sadder
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He Lived the Hiking Dream. The Real Story Was Sadder

'Outside' explores the fascinating life of Appalachian Trail thru-hiker 'Baltimore Jack'

(Newser) - Some people hope to hike the Appalachian Trail once in their lifetime. Adam Tarlin—better known by his trail name of "Baltimore Jack"—did it seven times. His hiking secret? Tarlin essentially lived on the trail year-round, from 1995 until his death in 2016 at age 57, explains...

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