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He Tried to Hike From Rim to Rim, Died Halfway Through

Ranjith Varma of Virginia becomes 9th person to die inside Grand Canyon this year

(Newser) - Another hiker has died amid triple-digit temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park. Ranjith Varma, a 55-year-old man from Manassas, Virginia, died Saturday while attempting a 21-mile trek from the south rim of the canyon to the north rim, a grueling journey that can take up to 15 hours, CBS News...

In Last UK Interview, Sands Spoke of Hiking Dangers
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Julian Sands' Cause of Death Will Never Be Known

Late actor's cause of death officially ruled 'undetermined'

(Newser) - Julian Sands' cause of death will never be officially known after the UK actor was found dead months after going missing during a hike in the California mountains. "The cause is 'Undetermined' due to the condition of the body and because no other factors were discovered during the...

Plunge Down Cliff Kills Teenage Hiker

Utah community mourns Zoe Afton McKinney

(Newser) - A 17-year-old hiker died in a fall at Kane Creek Canyon in east Utah when she slipped and plunged down what police called "a sheer cliff face." Friends were unable to get to Zoe Afton McKinney, about 30 feet below, NBC News reports. Emergency crews with harnesses and...

'Hiking Queen' Dies After Sliding Hundreds of Feet

She had already decided to turn back from Mount Baldy due to dangerous conditions

(Newser) - A mother of four known to family and friends as the "hiking queen" died after sliding as many as 700 feet down a California mountain on Sunday, authorities say. Crystal Paula Gonzalez-Landas is the second hiker to die in recent weeks on Mount Baldy, the highest of the San...

Sitting Near Cliff's Edge, He 'Spontaneously Slumped'

Paul Classen of the Netherlands dies after falling 50 feet near Virginia's McAfee Knob

(Newser) - A Dutch hiker attempting to conquer a portion of the Appalachian Trail has died after falling from a cliff in Virginia. Paul "Grandmaster" Classen, 23, who was known to carry a chess set with him, fell 50 feet from a cliff just north of the iconic 3,200-foot-tall McAfee...

Final Text Revealed From Family Who Died on Trail

From Jonathan Gerrish's phone: 'can you help us. ... No water or ver [over] heating with baby'

(Newser) - Update: More is now known about the final hours of a California family who perished on a hike near Yosemite over the summer, thanks to dad Jonathan Gerrish's cellphone, reports CNN . Per the Mariposa County Sheriff's Office , some of the last things that Gerrish, wife Ellen Chung, and...

Man Asks for Help, Then Falls to Death in Alaska Park

David Shrider of Ohio fell 150 feet Friday

(Newser) - A 52-year-old Ohio man died after he fell off the peak of a mountain in a national park. David Shrider fell 150 feet Friday down the slope of Donoho Peak in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve near Kennecott, the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve said in a news...

Sunrise Hike Ends in Tragedy in Wyoming

Woman hiking with her husband falls to her death at Steamboat Point

(Newser) - A woman who set out to enjoy a sunrise view from a popular peak in Wyoming fell 200 feet to her death, reports CNN . Calli Aust and her husband hiked to the top of Steamboat Point in the Bighorn Mountains early Tuesday, and Aust fell from the summit, according to...

'It Just Sucks': Hiker, Mom of 2 Dies Hours After Rescue

Cassandra Bravo spent 2 nights in the cold after fall on Mount Whitney

(Newser) - An injured hiker managed to survive two nights out in the cold on Mount Whitney, only to die hours after her rescue. It was a heartbreaking end for friends and family of Cassandra Bravo, a California nurse and single mother of a 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter. She fell roughly...

Young Mormon Missionary Dies on Swiss Hike

Annabelle Nielsen of Utah, 20, fell down a steep incline

(Newser) - A 20-year-old Utah woman has died in a hiking accident in Switzerland, where she was serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Annabelle Nielsen was hiking with five other missionaries when she slipped and fell down a steep incline, a rep for the Mormon...

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...

'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...

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...

Hiker's Last Words: 'Don't Get the Hat. Let Me Get It'

Nathan Stowell is latest to die on Oahu's Mount Olomana

(Newser) - "I thought it was a sick April Fools' joke." But Lexis Sweeney's Easter Sunday nightmare had no punchline. Sweeney's brother, Nathan Stowell, fell about 400 feet to his death Sunday while hiking on Mount Olomana in east Oahu. Stowell, who moved to Hawaii from Arizona five...

Endurance Athlete Dies After Snake Bite While Hiking

Daniel Hohs, 31, was bitten on the ankle

(Newser) - A Colorado man out for a hike has died from a rattlesnake bite. Daniel Hohs, 31, was with a friend on Saturday when he was nipped on the ankle by a 4-foot-long snake, the Post Independent reports. Hohs took a few steps and sat down. His friend called for help...

In NH, a Tiny Mountain Wins Again and Again

A Canadian man may be the latest victim of deadly Mt. Washington

(Newser) - "Why does such a small mountain kill so many people?" That's the question Wes Siler, writing for Outside Online , set out to answer. The mountain is 6,288-foot-tall Mt. Washington, part of New Hampshire's White Mountain range, and since records began in 1849, some 150 people have...

Hiker, Rescuer Both Die at Wash. Waterfall

After hikers fall, tragedy strikes search and rescue team

(Newser) - A group of hikers got into trouble Saturday at Washington state's Pilchuck Falls, and the night ended with one hiker and one rescuer dead. Four people were on a logging road near the falls when two of them decided to "work their way down toward the falls,"...

Grand Canyon Bride Dies in 300-Foot Fall

Ioana Hociota aimed to hike entire canyon

(Newser) - A young woman married at the Grand Canyon fell 300 feet to her death at the giant chasm. Experienced hiker Ioana Hociota, 24, likely plunged as a rock gave way beneath her as she was attempting to become the youngest person ever to hike across the entire canyon. "It'...

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