Body of Missing Hiker Found in Yosemite

The body of a woman who was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail has been found in Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite National Park spokesman Scott Gediman on Monday confirmed the death in the northwestern portion of the park.

The name and age of the woman were not released. No further details were available.

The discovery comes about a week after the body of a Japanese tourist who was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail was found in a river in Kings Canyon National Park in Central California.
[Local News Story]


13-Year Old Girl Hit by Motorcycle in Smoky Mountains

A 13-year-old girl is recovering after being hit by a motorcycle over the weekend in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Park spokesperson Dana Soehn says around 8:15 p.m. Saturday, the girl was standing beside a parked vehicle at a pulloff along Little River Road between the Townsend Wye and the Sinks when the motorcycle left the roadway and hit her.

She was taken by Rural/Metro to Townsend and then by Lifestar to UT Medical Center.

Park rangers and the Townsend Fire Department responded to the scene. The investigation is ongoing.
[Local News Story]


Couple Missing in Joshua Tree NP

A search is underway for a missing couple believed to be hiking in Joshua Tree National Park.

Park officials reported Rachel Nguyen and Joseph Orbeso missing Saturday morning.

Authorities said the couple’s vehicle was found near the Maize Loop, located in the northwest area of the park.

Officials described the couple as being in their early 20’s, and are from the Los Angeles area.

Both were expected to check out of their hotel at 11 a.m. Friday.

Authorities said all of their belongings were left behind in their room.

A ping of Orbeso’s cell phone was recorded Thursday at 4 p.m. from a location inside the park.
[Local News Story]

71-Year Old Woman and Her Dog Rescued in Olympic NP

A 71-year-old Port Angeles woman and her dog were found thirsty and hungry, but alive and well, after being stranded for nearly a week in Olympic National Park.

The Peninsula Daily News reports that Sajean Geer and her dog named Yoda were rescued at about 7:15 p.m. Sunday by a Coast Guard helicopter.

Geer and her terrier-Chihuahua dog had been stranded for six days.

They were found about 10 miles south of Port Angeles Sunday by rangers with the U.S. National Park Service who had been searching for her for nearly a week.

Her brother had reported her missing on Tuesday.

Park spokeswoman Penny Wagner says Geer told rescuers she had been in the park since July 17 and survived by drinking water she found nearby.
[Local News Story]

I gotta say: that’s impressive! Not only keeping yourself alive, but a dog for a week in the wilderness. And being 71! Nice job to her and the rescuers.

Man Dies After a Fall in Glacier National Park: UPDATED 7/24

A man died after a fall in Glacier National Park.

Glacier National Park spokeswoman Lauren Alley says the man died after falling approximately 100 feet near Haystack Creek off the west side of Going-to-the-Sun Road.

The incident happened on Saturday evening.

The name of the man has not yet been released.
[Local News Story]

UPDATED: 7/24/17

Park officials said in a statement Monday that 26-year-old Robert Durbin of Corvallis died Saturday.

They say Durbin was taking photos along Haystack Creek next to the Going-to-the-Sun Road, which is known for its dramatic scenery and vertigo-inducing heights.

He fell into the creek and was washed through a culvert that goes beneath the road and empties into a 100-foot drop down a cliff.

The popular road was closed to traffic for about an hour while rangers and rescuers found and recovered the man’s body.

Glacier officials say the death isn’t considered suspicious. Falls are a leading cause of death in the park.
[Local News Story]

Two Airlifted From Yellowstone After Car Falls 50-feet off Road

Separate air ambulances lifted an adult and a 10-year-old out of Yellowstone National Park after a car went off a slope on Dunraven Pass Wednesday afternoon.

Jonathan Shafer, a spokesman for the park, said in an email that park law enforcement found a single car 50 feet down a slope with five people inside.

He didn’t offer any further detail on the injuries to the two people who were flown away from the crash. The other three had “lesser injuries” and were taken away by ground ambulances.

A tow truck came to pull the car off the slope.
[Local News Story]


Kayaker Dies in Dinosaur National Monument

A 66 year old man from Craig, CO, died yesterday while on a two-person private trip using inflatable kayaks on the Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument. Release of the deceased’s name is pending family notification.

Tepee Rapids in the Yampa River Canyon

Based on preliminary reports, at approximately 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 15, the kayaker hit a rock in Tepee Rapid, capsized, and never resurfaced. He was wearing a personal flotation device. The reporting party kayaked 24 miles downstream to Hells Canyon Ranch to report the incident. Monument staff were contacted just before 9:00 pm on Saturday evening. Search and rescue efforts were launched Sunday morning.

Due to the remote location of the incident, and low water levels along the Yampa River, monument staff used a helicopter to aid in the response. A contracted helicopter from PJ Helicopters of Red Bluff, CA and the Mesa Verde National Park Helitack Crew were already on-site in the monument for a wildland fire assignment.

At 11:40 am on Sunday morning, the kayaker’s body was located approximately 3 miles downstream from the point last seen.
[NPS Story]