This is by no means an all inclusive
list of hiking related deaths. It is just a sampling. Chosen maybe
because I may have been in the area or one day hoped to visit there,
or maybe the story just caught my eye. If you know a hiker that has
been killed in an accident and you would like us to include the on
this page, e-mail us the information
Although hiking doesn't seem like a
dangerous sport, and statistically hiking and backpacking are both
very safe sports, each year there are numerous fatalities from
related accidents. Falls seem to be
common with hypothermia and drowning also causing numerous deaths.
Being under or unprepared is also common in hiking related
fatalities. These deaths often seem far more easily preventable than
something like a fall.
- Death Valley, California - August 28th 2002, Brett
Kedish, 32, began a hike to Stovepipe Wells sand dunes with his
wife around 10 a.m. that morning. The air temperature in the shade
was 113 degrees. His wife returned to the car after an hour and
later reported him overdue. He was found but later died from heat
- Pinnacles NM, California - September 23 2002, Glenn &
Betsy Hannon begun their hike at the Moses Spring parking lot at
8:30 am. The mid-day high temperature hit 106 degrees, and the
Hannons had only a soda and a small snack over the course of the
day. Both had medical emergencies, Betsy later died of dehydration.
- Big Bend, Texas - October 12 2002, Christopher Sheets,
29, died on a rugged 14 mile section of Marufo Vega trail in the
Dead Horse Mountains, apparently died of dehydration.
- Grand Canyon, Arizona
- November 28 & 29th 2002 two separate incidents of hikers falling
to their death.
- Lake Mead NRA, Arizona
- June 18 2003, two hikers died of heat exposure.
- Grand Teton NP, Wyoming - June 21st 2003, Nicole Bloom,
23, died in a fall while hiking up Middle Teton via the Southwest
- Big Bend, Texas - June 21st 2003, Joseph H. Gottschalk,
52, fell 100 feet to his death while hiking to the south rim.
- Death Valley, California - July 7th 2003, Robert Hudson
failed to return from a hiking trip his body was found at the dunes
and he later died from heat exposure.
- Big South Fork,
Tennessee - October 29th 2003, Robert Hayes, 28, fell while
camping on the Yahoo Falls loop trail.
- Brice Canyon, Utah - August 12th 2004, a 58-year-old
Dutch national who was hiking the Bristlecone Loop Trail struck by
lightning near Yovimpa Point, elevation 9,000 feet.
- Denali National Park,
Alaska - August 16th 2004, Bethany Pate, 19, fell while
hiking on Mt. Healy. died of head injuries.
- Longs Peak, Colorado - September 4th 2004, Sudheer
Averineni, a 26-year-old Indian national, The Keyhole route was
still classified as "technical" due to snow and ice conditions,
his body was found on the summit the next day.
Mountains, Tennessee - May 29 2005, Dr. John Bolinger,
56, collapsed 3 miles from trailhead and never regained
Valley National Park, CA - July 23, 2005, Kinhluan
Nguyennogoc, 50 was found on a day when temperatures reached 117°.
Heat is thought to be major cause of death.
Stine Rossel - 32, was hiking in New Hampshire's White
Mountains, she died when a log that she had been sitting on broke
and rolled over the top of her and her husband.