Hiking Accident Prevention: Solo Hikers Go Missing On The Trail


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.

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