Preventable Winter Hiking Death: Crystal Gonzalez 56

Inside Edition reports on this fatal hiking accident of January 8, 2023. Crystal Gonzalez 56, recorded a video of herself as she climbed the icy slopes of Mt. Baldy, California. The video cuts off as the hiker lost her balance and slid 700 feet down the mountain where she succumbed to severe injuries. Ms. Gonzalez had 4 children.

There are over 400 comments worth reading on this You Tube video, with locals discussing their experience on Mt. Baldy.

Winter mountain equipment such as an ice axe, helmet and crampons are helpful when traversing ice, but it’s probably best to find less threatening conditions, or to stay home and avoid taking the risk. No trail is worth your life.

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