Death at Grand Canyon: Ohio Man Dies Hiking Out, Another Still Missing

A Ohio man dies hiking out of the Grand Canyon
With summer now here and many people planning to take trips to National Parks, it’s important to remember that safety should be a top priority when visiting parks. Officials from Grand Canyon National Park have confirmed a 62-year-old Ohio man died as he tried to hike out of the canyon after rafting down the Colorado River on a commercial rafting trip. The man’s name is currently being withheld until after his family has been notified about the unfortunate event.

When the man went down while hiking on Sunday morning on the popular Bright Angel Trail hike, hikers nearby attempted to resuscitate him using CPR. Park service rangers were also contacted and a National Parks Service helicopter was dispatched to aid the man. Sadly,  attempts to revive the man were unsuccessful.

The Bright Angel Trail is a strenuous 8-mile hike from the canyon floor to the rim. It’s over 4,000 (4,380) feet from the rim to the Colorado River, with an average grade of 10% along its entire length, and it should only be attempted by those who are in above-average hiking shape.

Park personnel are also still searching for another man in the canyon, 68-year-old Victor Tseng, who fell off a ledge and into the Colorado River on Friday. He was also on a rafting trip down the Colorado River when the incident happened. Search teams have been out looking for him by both boat and air, but have still failed to find any trace of him as of Sunday.

Visiting National Parks can be a great and inexpensive vacation, and one of the best travel deals around. There are also a lot of free National Park apps that you can use to make your visit more enjoyable. But it’s also important to stay safe when visiting these beautiful places.

When visiting National Parks, be sure to make safety a top priority and refrain from risky behavior. Make sure that you’re in shape and have the proper gear for any hike you decide to attempt. Always bring plenty of water and snacks so that you don’t dehydrate or run out of energy. Stay on marked paths and heed warning signs to stay away from dangerous ledges. A photo or a better view isn’t worth your life.

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