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Hiker Injured Trying to Stop Man's 500-Foot Plunge

Both fell, but one survived by catching a ledge 30 feet below at Sequoia National Park

(Newser) - A California hiker survived a 30-foot fall Monday after trying to stop a companion from plunging off a mountain ridge in Sequoia National Park. Rescue crews were able to pull the woman, 45, to safety from a ledge, but the man she was trying to save fell 500 feet to...

Missing Yosemite Hiker Is Found Dead

'Alice' Yu Xie, 41, found dead on Jan. 16 in Yosemite National Park after ill-fated hike

(Newser) - A hiker who went missing at Yosemite National Park earlier this month has been found dead. National Park Service officials say the body of "Alice" Yu Xie, 41, was found Jan. 16 at the base of Upper Yosemite Fall, per KCRA . KTLA reports that Xie had traveled to the...

How This Guy 'Came Back From the Dead'

Hiker Michael Knapinski was dead for 45 minutes

(Newser) - Michael Knapinski went out for a hike in the snow of Mount Ranier on Saturday, Nov. 7, but he had to come back from a little bit more than he bargained for to get home, reports the Seattle Times . The 45-year-old from Woodinville got lost in whiteout conditions on his...

He Posed for a Pic on the Cliff's Edge. The Next Day He Died

Barefoot hiker Jordan Brashears, 29, died in apparently accidental fall in Sedona, Ariz.

(Newser) - The body of a 29-year-old Seattle hiker has been found in Sedona, Ariz., after an apparently accidental fall. The Mercury News reports that Jordan Brashears had recently become friends with two fellow hikers, and the three agreed to meet up on Oct. 8 to explore the archaeological ruins along the...

Hiker Found on Glacier Leaves Behind Pregnant Wife

Alan Stringer was reported missing Monday; his body was found Thursday

(Newser) - A missing California hiker has been found dead atop a glacier. CNN reports Alan Stringer, 40, of Huntington Beach, didn't return home on Monday from a hike. A three-day search followed, and his body was ultimately located at the top of the Darwin Glacier in Kings Canyon National Park....

Former Amazing Race Canada Contestant Dead in Fall

Kenneth McAlpine died on Mount Gimli on his 28th birthday

(Newser) - Former Amazing Race Canada contestant Kenneth McAlpine set out to scale a massive rock formation on his 28th birthday. He ended up dying in a fall in the mountains he loved. The Ontario native is believed to have been hiking alone on the last section of trail leading to the...

Search for 2nd Missing Maui Hiker Ends in Tragedy

Body of Noah 'Kekai' Mina discovered below steep ridge near where Amanda Eller was rescued

(Newser) - Heartbreak from the family of a lost hiker in Maui follows jubilation from another . The body of 35-year-old local Noah "Kekai" Mina, missing since May 20, was recovered by a helicopter crew Wednesday in the summit region of Mauna Kahalawai, reports NBC News . That's just 18 miles from...

Yosemite Hike Turns Tragic for Woman Who Ignored Signs

Xuan Wang killed by falling ice and rocks on Mist Trail, which is closed for the winter

(Newser) - A California woman out for a hike in Yosemite National Park was killed Sunday, and National Park Service officials said Monday it's because she went where she wasn't supposed to go. Per the Fresno Bee , 56-year-old Xuan Wang was hit by ice and rock that fell from above...

'Bikini Hiker' Freezes After Mountain Fall

Taiwan's Gigi Wu found dead 28 hours after distress call

(Newser) - A Taiwanese woman with an affinity for climbing mountains in bikinis shared a photo on Christmas Eve, showing leg injuries from a fall she said she was lucky to have survived. Gigi Wu wasn't so lucky this time. The 36-year-old "Bikini Hiker" was eight days into a solo...

An Intense Search in the Smokies, a Heartbreaking Find

Body of hiker Mitzie Sue Clements discovered a week after she vanished

(Newser) - It's a sad ending to a weeklong search for an Ohio woman who vanished while hiking on the North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the body of 53-year-old Mitzie Sue Clements was found Tuesday afternoon, less than a mile south of...

Newlywed on Hawaii Honeymoon Found Dead

The body of Stephen Kramar was found after a 4-day search

(Newser) - A newlywed on his honeymoon in Hawaii was found dead at the tragic end of a 4-day search that began after he failed to return from a hiking trail. Per WUSA , Stephen Kramar of Gaithersburg, Maryland was at the Wavecrest Resort in Kaunakakai, Molokai when he told his new wife...

Selfie-Taking Woman Plunges to Her Death in Lake Superior

Tu Thanh Nguyen was hiking alone when she apparently stopped to take a cliff pic

(Newser) - What should have been a day of hiking with awe-inspiring views turned tragic in Michigan Wednesday when a woman fell to her death into Lake Superior. WLUC reports 32-year-old Tu Thanh Nguyen, from Sunnyvale, Calif., was traversing the trails along the cliffs of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore by herself when...

A Storm, Then a Slip on Iconic Yosemite Peak

Male hiker died in fall Monday

(Newser) - A hiker exploring California's Yosemite National Park died Monday when he slipped from cables leading to the 8,800-foot peak of its famed Half Dome. The man was climbing the last 400 feet of the summit with the help of installed metal cables when he slipped during a thunderstorm...

US Tourist Dies After 'Foolish' Move in Australia

Police say he ran from companion on sweltering hike

(Newser) - A US tourist has died while hiking in what police call "a beautiful but harsh environment" in Central Australia. The 33-year-old California man and a 40-year-old companion were descending Mount Sonder on a 10-mile hike Wednesday when they became separated. A Northern Territory police superintendent tells ABC Australia the...

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...

US Hiker Killed in Spain Was Tricked by Fake Trail Marker

Miguel Angel Munoz found guilty in Denise Thiem's 2015 death

(Newser) - On Easter Sunday 2015, an Arizona woman disappeared as she walked a famed pilgrimage route in Spain; two years later, her killer has been found guilty. Miguel Angel Munoz was on Wednesday convicted in the murder of Denise Pikka Thiem. The 41-year-old had quit her job working in PetSmart's...

Hiker Dies After Being Smothered by Bees in Arizona

Louisiana man received more than 1K stings during hike on Mesa trail

(Newser) - A young man from Louisiana surrounded by bees during a hike in a Mesa, Ariz., park died from what a medical exam says was 1,000-plus bee stings. Alex Bestler, 23, was hiking the relatively easy Merkle Memorial Trail in Usery Mountain Park around 9am Thursday with a woman IDed...

Journal Reveals Lost Hiker Survived for Weeks

'When you find my body, please call my husband George'

(Newser) - A lost hiker in Maine starved to death after waiting for rescue and then accepting her fate, heartbreaking journal entries have revealed. Geraldine Largay, a 66-year-old from Tennessee, disappeared while hiking the Appalachian Trail in Maine on July 22, 2013, and the newly disclosed journal shows that she survived for...

Hiker in NH Dies in 100mph Winds, Subzero Temps

NYC's Kate Matrosova found dead of exposure

(Newser) - When Kate Matrosova's husband dropped her off at the base of New Hampshire's Mount Adams before dawn Sunday, he arranged to pick her up in a different part of the White Mountains, after she had traversed several summits, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports. But the 32-year-old credit...

Russian Hiker Found Dead in Grand Teton Park

20-year-old went missing on Monday

(Newser) - A Russian student who went missing in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park has been found dead. The body of 20-year-old Aleksandr "Sasha" Sagiev was found in the park yesterday, after he went for a hike on Monday and never returned. Sagiev's body was discovered below a steep...

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