Category Archives: Hiking Accidents and Fatalities

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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S T O R I E S   P A S T  A N D   P R E S E N T


Two Hikers Disappear In Washington state Wilderness


Samantha Sayers was 27-years-old when she disappeared on August 1, 2019, while hiking solo in the Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, of the North Cascades mountain range.

North Cascade Mountains

Her plan was to summit Vesper Peak at 6,220 feet, and return by 6:00 PM. Her preparation included hiking poles, three sandwiches, chips and water.

The last time she was seen was 3:00 PM, when she had lunch with another hiker near the summit.

The trail to the summit is considered difficult and rigorous. Sayers had successfully climbed it before. But, after an extensive 8,000 hour search, not a trace of her turned up.

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On October 17, 2018 Rachel Lakoduk set out on a solo overnight hike in the North Cascades mountains of Washington state. She was on her way to Hidden Lake Lookout, and planned to stay in a remote Cascades cabin located at 6800 feet. She was never seen again.

Two rescue attempts followed on October 19th and 20th. Both times rescuers faced imminent danger and had to turn back, due to extreme weather conditions, the possibility of avalanche, and 2 to 6 feet of trail snow.

On October 22, the rescuers reached the remote cabin, but there was no sign of Rachel. She was 28-years-old.

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ONLINE NEWS ARTICLES

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

Seattle.Met 4/23/19 “Where on earth is Sam Sayers?” By Allison Williams

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

The North Cascades National Park 10/26/21 “North Cascades National Park Weather”


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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 24 years experience teaching exercise in New York City.  Read her complete bio on the About Page.  

Hiking Accident Prevention: Why You Should Use A Compass and Map

A Map & Compass Are Hiking Survival Tools

Why should you learn to use a compass and map, when all you need is your GPS device?

The reason is battery failure. It’s ok to bring your GPS and cell phone, but don’t rely on them. In many wilderness areas, cell phone signals are weak or don’t exist.

If you’re not familiar with reading a map and compass, learn how to use them before your next trip. And then, put them in your pack for your next hike, even if it’s only for a day.

A compass and map applies to all skill levels, and is one of the 10 Essentials of Hiking.

Hikers sometimes get lost, or injured. If your device fails, or you aren’t carrying one, a map and compass could save you from hypothermia, or heat exhaustion.

Trail maps for U.S. national parks and U.S. forests can be ordered online from the U.S. Forest Service, and National Geographic, Click this link for State trail maps.

Where to buy a trail compass; Sporting goods stores, REI.com, Amazon.

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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.  For her complete bio, visit the About Page.  

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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.