Be Very Careful Hiking Katahdin
As Mainers, we love our hiking and outdoor activities, but Mount Katahdin decides to remind us every once in a while that mountains are inhospitable climates for human beings. This morning a hiker was found dead at the summit of Mount Katahdin; it's unclear what caused them to pass away, and there are no signs of foul play. According to centralmaine.com, this is the second hiker found in two days whom the mountain has sealed their fate. Both the Park Rangers and Maine National Guard assisted with the recovery of the body as it had to be transported to Augusta to be identified.
"This is the second death of a hiker on Katahdin in as many days. On behalf of Baxter State Park staff, I extend the sincerest condolences to families of these two individuals," Park Director Eben Sypitkowski in the news release. He went on to say, "[W]e have an outstanding professional staff here at Baxter State Park. Please feel free to reach out to us to help you plan as safe a visit as possible."
The first hiker to pass away after hiking Katahdin was on Wednesday. The 75-year-old man from Massachusetts fell and died while waiting for help.
The Baxter State Park staff also says that break sure you bring sufficient clothing, food, and supplies if you're going to be hiking because if something happens, you don't know how long it will take for you to be rescued.
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