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One of 3 Who Went Missing in National Park Is Found Dead

Body of 28-year-old Matthew Bunker located Monday night in Mount Rainier NP

(Newser) - There's been a grim development in the search for three hikers who went missing separately in Mount Rainier National Park: USA Today reports that park rangers aboard a helicopter located the body Monday night of 28-year-old Matthew Bunker, who'd disappeared while skiing with a partner on Friday. Per... More »

3 Hikers, 3 Separate Disappearances in National Park

All three men in their 20s vanished on different days in Mount Rainier NP

(Newser) - Three hikers have gone missing in Washington state's Mount Rainier National Park in three unrelated incidents. Per CNN , the first hiker to vanish was Vincent Djie, a 25-year-old Indonesian student living in Seattle, who was reported missing on June 19. A National Park Service release notes that Djie was... More »

Search for Missing Hikers Went On for Week-Plus. Then, Smoke

Couple rescued after 19 days in New Zealand wilderness, with food to last just a week

(Newser) - Two missing hikers have been found alive after 19 days in a New Zealand national forest. Kayak guide Jessica O'Connor and chef Dion Reynolds, both 23, were discovered in a tiny clearing in Kahurangi National Park at the north end of the South Island after a search helicopter spotted... More »

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... More »

Hiker Survives 200-Foot Fall on Mount Washington

Ashley Furness, 35, was rescued with the Cog Railway train's help

(Newser) - A hiker descending Mount Washington who fell about 200 feet and got hurt was rescued with the help of the Cog Railway train that takes visitors up and down the summit during tourism season. New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officers said the hiker, Ashley Furness, 35, of Bartlett, was... More »

Allure of 'Magic Bus' Causes Emergency for 5 Tourists

5 Italian hikers rescued near site made famous by 'Into the Wild'

(Newser) - Five tourists are lucky to be alive after trying to make a frigid trek to an Alaskan site made famous by Into the Wild. Tri-Valley Fire Chief Brad Randall tells the Anchorage Daily News that Alaska State Troopers and members of the Tri-Valley Fire Department responded on snowmobile to an... More »

Hikers Missing for a Week Found Safe

Lost couple had no food and drank from a puddle

(Newser) - Eight days after they vanished while hiking in northern California—and two days after searchers essentially gave up hope that they were still alive—a couple has been found safe. Carol Kiparsky, 77, and Ian Irwin, 72, of Palo Alto were rescued by helicopter Saturday and are recovering in a... More »

Hikers Find Skeleton That Goes Way, Way Back

Giichi Matsumura had left the Manzanar internment camp to paint

(Newser) - A skeleton found by hikers this fall near California's second-highest peak was identified Friday as a Japanese American artist who had left the Manzanar internment camp to paint in the mountains in the waning days of World War II, the AP reports. The Inyo County sheriff used DNA to... More »

Cops: New Information Alters Search for Missing Hiker

Oregon woman, 20, has not been seen since Sunday

(Newser) - Police searching for a missing hiker in Oregon say they have found "interesting items and clues" that will change the nature of the search—but they wouldn't elaborate any further. The boyfriend of 20-year-old Allyson Joy Watterson told police that they became separated while hiking Sunday in the... More »

Volunteer Dies During Search for Missing Hiker

California man became separated from search partner on Mount Baldy

(Newser) - The search for a man who went missing on Mount Baldy a week ago has been suspended after the death of a volunteer. Timothy Staples, 32, was one of 126 people in 23 teams searching the California mountain on Saturday, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said in a... More »

Her Heart Stopped for 6 Hours. She's Fine

Audrey Schoeman survived remarkably long cardiac arrest thanks to cold weather

(Newser) - Her heart may have stopped beating for as long as six hours. But Audrey Schoeman is perfectly fine, thank you very much. "It's like a miracle except that it's all because of the doctors," says the 34-year-old Brit from Barcelona, who suffered the longest cardiac arrest... More »

Hikers Find Lost Ring on 4K-Foot Snowy Mountain

Bill Giguere of Massachusetts calls them 'very nice people'

(Newser) - A man's quest to find his wedding ring on a 4,000-foot snow-covered mountain in New Hampshire has been completed by a couple of hikers—and a metal detector, the AP reports. WMUR-TV reports Bill Giguere of Massachusetts recently lost the gold band on Mount Hancock. Giguere, who had... More »

'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... More »

Lost Hiker's SOS Sign May Have Saved Her Life

Mary Joanna Gomez, 56, was missing for days in Sequoia National Park

(Newser) - A traveling nurse who was missing for days in a California national park has been found thanks to the SOS sign she constructed out of rocks and tree bark. Mary Joanna Gomez, 56, was found in steep terrain some 3.5 miles from the nearest trail in Sequoia and Kings... More »

Hiker Drags Himself for 2 Days After Waterfall Plummet

Considering everything that went wrong, Neil Parker is lucky to be alive

(Newser) - "This is not a nice way to die." That was all Neil Parker could think as he dragged himself along the ground on Australia's Mount Nebo after getting injured during a weekend hike. Luckily, the 54-year-old lived to tell the tale of his two-day ordeal, which began... More »

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... More »

Stranded Family Rescued Thanks to Message in Bottle

They were trapped at top of 40-foot waterfall

(Newser) - When he became stranded at the top of a waterfall with his girlfriend and 13-year-old son, a California man used a message in a bottle to ask for help—and it worked within hours. The trio had been hiking and inner tubing down the Arroyo Seco river in central California... More »

Escaped Yaks Charge Massachusetts Hiker

Cops manage to corral the 3 animals

(Newser) - A hiker in western Massachusetts encountered a hazard more commonly associated with the Himalayas: aggressive yaks. Police say the three animals, who had escaped from a private owner a few days earlier, charged and chased the hiker Wednesday in the Bear Hole Reservoir hiking area near West Springfield, the New ... More »

He Feared Wife Was Abducted From Campsite, Wasn't Far Off

Sheryl Powell says man armed with a knife came up to her and threatened her

(Newser) - "The only plausible explanation in my opinion is she was abducted," said a California man after his 60-year-old wife vanished from their campsite Friday when he briefly left to move their vehicle. Sheryl Powell was found alive in the Inyo National Forest four days later, and Joe Powell'... More »

73-Year-Old Hiker Found After a Week

Eugene Jo is said to be in good condition, was airlifted to a hospital in Southern California

(Newser) - An improbable rescue took place Saturday, with the rescue of 73-year-old Eugene Jo, reports the San Jose Mercury News . "Search team reports that they have found 73 year old Mr Jo, after a week in the wilderness, he is alive!" tweeted the Montrose Search and Rescue Team, per... More »

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