A man from Arizona died last week after being found unresponsive along a popular Grand Canyon hike trail. This is the 10th death at the national park in this year.
The National Park Service identified him as James Handschy, 65 years old from Oracle in Arizona.
Handschy began a hike on Thursday from the South Rim, to the river, and back, along the Bright Angel Trail. The agency reported that the roundtrip was about 18 miles. The trail is about 1.5 miles from Havasupai Gardens.
Around 1:30 pm, park rangers responded to an SOS alert sent by Handschy’s personal locator device. They were on their way from Havasupai Gardens.
Handschy, who was found to be unresponsive on the trail by rangers, was pronounced dead upon arrival.
The agency and the Coconino County Medical Examiner are investigating the death of the hiker.
A spokesperson for the park told The Associated Press that Handschy’s death was the 10th in the park this year. The park averages 10 to 20 deaths per year. Four of the deaths were hiking related, three on the Bright Angel Trail.
Grand Canyon National Park attracts millions of visitors every year who come to see its “vast landscapes, beautiful colours, and incredible geology”, according to the website.
According to the agency, the Bright Angel Trail has been described as “the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trail.” It is located in a side canyon on a massive fault. The agency warns that the hike up the canyon from the bottom is much more difficult.