Hiking Victim in Grand Canyon National Park Apparently Died From Heat
Grand Canyon National Park officials have identified a hiker who died in a remote area of the park as a 30-year-old Kansas man.
Gavin C. Smith, of Lawrence, Kansas, and four friends headed down into the canyon on a day hike Tuesday along the Lava Falls Route near Tuweep on the park's North Rim. According to an initial investigation, the party made it about half-way down to the Colorado River when Mr. Smith turned back about 9 a.m., saying he felt tired and was low on water.
While the four others continued on down the trail, they later separated, with two deciding to camp for the night near the river and the other two deciding to hike back to the top of the rim and their vehicle.
Mr. Smith's body was found by one of his hiking companions late Tuesday afternoon, approximately 100 yards from a parking area adjacent to where the route begins.
While park officials say it appears that Mr. Smith died from heat-related complications, an autopsy will be performed.