Category Archives: Hiking Accident Prevention

Hiking Accident Case: Esther Dingley, Missing Hiker 2020

Hiking Death Stories Are Unpleasant To Learn About, Especially One Involving A Fit And Healthy Woman In The Prime of Life

The Pyrenees Mountains where missing hiker, Esther Dingley disappeared in Novemger 2020.
The Pyrenees Mountains

In November 2020, Esther Dingley was a 37 year old British woman who went on a 3 day hiking trip alone in the Pyrenees mountains, near the border of France and Spain. When she failed to return, her family reported her missing. She never came back. Her body was found at the bottom of a cliff, by her partner, who carried out an intensive search to find her. The cause of her fall was accidental: the result of wearing worn out boots that caused her to slip and fall off a cliff.

HIKING SOLO IS A RISK

As I’ve mentioned before in previous posts, hiking solo is a risk. If you get lost, injured, or sick there is no one there to help you. Electronic devices may not work in remote areas. This leaves you helpless. And even if you contacted help and got through, it may take hours for them to reach you. In that space of time, you’re situation becomes deadly.

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34 Year Old Solo Hiker Found Dead In Glacier National Park

This story appeared in the media on Monday, September 5, 2021. A 34 year old hiker from Virginia was found dead in Glacier National Park, while on a solo hiking trip. Her family reported her misssing when they hadn’t heard from her for several days.

Park officials believe that Jennifer Coleman of Richmond, Virginia, may have been hiking at Highline Trail, or Dragon’s Tail, a dangerous ridge located within Logan Pass. There are reports that another hiker died after falling 500 feet from Dragon’s Tail in 2020.

The depth of grief when losing a child can make a parent very sick, or possibly kill them,
because the stress of living with this event feels like a weight sitting and
pressing down on your heart. The only fortunate aspect of this story is that her family
had closure, which in many missing persons cases, there is none.

MEDIA ARTICLES

Searcher’s Find Hiker’s Body In Glacier National Park,

Virginia Hiker Not Heard From In Nearly A Week Found Dead In Glacier National Park.

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Hiking Accident Prevention: Meet The Tougher Side Of Mother Nature

Avoid The Unexpected Realities Of The Wilderness

MOTHER NATURE HAS A CRUEL SIDE. OBEY HER RULES TO STAY OUT OF TROUBLE

Stay on the good side of Mother Nature by preparing for trail and weather conditions. Understand the risks, before you head into the backcountry.

Mother Nature At Her Worst

Avalanche

Extreme Heat

Blizzards

Flash Floods

Extreme Winds

Freezing Conditions

Abrupt Weather Change

Ice

Lightning

Hail

Whiteout

Fog

What You Don’t Know Can Kill You

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Know Before You Go: Trip Planning Resources For Hikers and Backpackers

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Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 24 years experience teaching exercise in New York City. To read her complete bio, visit the About Page.

Hiking Accident Prevention: Don’t Hike Alone


STORIES PAST AND PRESENT

Cautionary Stories For Back Country Hikers


Solo Hiking Increases Your Risk Of No Return

In August 2018 Samantha Sayers 27, never returned from her solo hike up Vesper Peak in the North Cascades, near Seattle, Washington. After an 8,000 hour search, not a trace of her showed up. To date, her family has no closure about what happened to her.

Esther Dingley, 37 went missing while solo hiking near the border of Spain and France, in the Pyrenees mountains. She started her hike on November 22, 2020, and was expected to return within 3 days. Partial remains were recently discovered, and tested positive for her DNA, giving her family closure, but no explanation as to how she died. The search continues for her equipment.

Both women had concerned family, and devoted companions who searched the mountains looking for clues to their whereabouts.

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Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City. Visit the About page to read her bio.

Hiking Accident Prevention: Solo Hikers Go Missing On The Trail


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Cautionary Tales For Back Country Hikers

Frequent hiker Harold “Joe” Smallwood 82, got lost while hiking solo in the Santa Rita Mountains in Arizona.  In late afternoon, he called 911 for help, reporting he was lost and couldn’t find the trail.  Until poor weather conditions prevailed, 120 people, rescue canines, horses, and helicopters, were involved in a 7-day search for the missing hiker.


Media: Solo Hiking With Unfortunate Outcomes

CNN.com – July 30, 2021Bone confirmed to be remains of missing British hiker Esther Dingley, By James Briggs

AZCentral.com  July 10, 2019 – Arizona searchers find remains of hiker who dialed for help in February, By Shaq Davis Arizona Daily Star

9NEWS.com – 3/15/19  –Search Efforts Suspended For Missing Tennessee Man In Rocky Mountain National Park, By Janet Oravetz

NYTimes.com (The New York Times) 3/26/19Geraldine Largay’s Wrong Turn: Death On The Appalachian Trail,   By Jess Bidgood and 

Adirondack Daily Enterprise.com – 3/7/16 – Hiker who died in High Peaks was experienced, but ill prepared

Herald.net 9/14/18 The 8,000-hour search to #find sam sayers on vesper peak, By Caleb Hutton

Times-Union.com –  3/18/16 Hiker,  Hua Davis’ Death A Tragedy That Didn’t Have To Happen, By Herb Terns

HeraldSun.com 10/22/19 Rescuers reach remote Cascades cabin but don’t find missing hiker, Washington cops say, By Jaret Gilmour

Asheville Citizen-Times, October 4, 2018Staying safe in the outdoors: Hiking death in Great Smokies a reminder of forest dangers,  By Karen Chavez

EPTrail.com (Estes Park, Colorado) May 12, 2019 Three missing hikers in six months is unprecedented for RMNP search and rescue operations, By Tyler Pialet (RMNP: Rocky Mountain National Park)

CNN.com October 26, 2020 Search resumes for university professor who went missing after hiking in Mount Rainier National Park, By Harmeet Kaur and Andy Rose


KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Trip Planning Resources For Hikers and Backpackers


Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City. Visit the About page to read her bio.