An Arizona man died after he was discovered unresponsive on a preferred Grand Canyon mountaineering path final week, marking the tenth fatality on the nationwide park this yr.
The National Park Service recognized the hiker as 65-year-old James Handschy of Oracle, Arizona.
Handschy had set off on Thursday for a hike from the South Rim to the river and again alongside the Bright Angel Trail, the company mentioned, a roundtrip of about 18 miles. The path is situated about 1.5 miles north of Havasupai Gardens.
Park rangers obtained an SOS alert from Handschy’s private locator beacon round 1:30 p.m. and instantly responded on foot from Havasupai Gardens.
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A helicopter introduced further search and rescue personnel to the path the place Handschy was discovered unresponsive. The company mentioned rangers arrived and pronounced the hiker deceased.
No additional particulars have been instantly out there because the company and Coconino County Medical Examiner examine the hiker’s demise.
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Handschy’s demise is the tenth this yr on the nationwide park, which averages between 10 and 20 deaths yearly, a park spokesperson advised The Associated Press. Four deaths have been hiking-related, with three of them occurring on the Bright Angel Trail.
Grand Canyon National Park attracts hundreds of thousands of holiday makers every year to discover its “vast vistas, beautiful colors, and incredible geology,” in accordance with the park’s web site.
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The Bright Angel Trail is described because the Grand Canyon’s “most popular hiking trail,” and is tucked inside a facet canyon alongside an enormous fault, in accordance with the company. Officials warn that the return hike again up out of the canyon is way tougher than the journey down.