Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Park Service Investigates Hiker's Death in Canyon

Visitors need to use caution while hiking in unfamiliar environs.

Flagstaff, AZ -- Another hiker has died in the Grand Canyon this season, this time on the popular Bright Angel Trail. According to the National Park Service, at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 9 Grand Canyon's 911 dispatch center received a call reporting a man down on the trail just below "mile-and-a-half-house." The reporting party said that they found the man not breathing, unresponsive and bleeding from the head.

The hiker was identified as Joseph Mitchell, 63 of Clarkdale, Arizona. The National Park Service is conducting an investigation into the incident. This death comes less after 60 days after the bodies of two hikers were found in separate incidents in September.

The hiking tragedies reminds all visitors to carry water, watch their footing and use caution when hiking in the arid canyonlands. Avoid canyon hikes gone bad by heeding Park Rangers' advice.
Stacey Wittig, "Vagabonding Lulu" is an Arizona travel writer interested in hiking safety.

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