Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon

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Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 4/14/2024
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, April 14, 2024
I got this softcover (inscribed by a previous owner, indicating its purchase at the Hopi House gift shop at the Grand Canyon in 2010) at a local thrift shop, for another release copy.

I've read several books about the dangers in different national parks, including Off the Wall: Death in Yosemite by the same authors as this book. While the differences in terrain result in a different variety of accidents, there are common themes, primarily that of tourists simply ignoring safety advice and assuming that because they're at a tourist attraction they're somehow automatically safe from harm. Many of the cases described here are the direct result of someone being careless, often mixing booze and bravado with deadly results - but some of them, the most heartbreaking ones, involve the deaths of innocents: young children left in the car while the adults went to the rim, only to have the car roll... And there's a very sad account of a young boy who suffered heat stroke from dehydration, all the while walking the trail with his family, who had water with them but did not realize that an active child who didn't feel thirsty might get in serious trouble in a matter of a few hours.

There are tales of the earliest explorers of the canyon walls and the river, and of more recent incidents in which people get too close to the edge - usually for photo ops - and simply tumble off. The ease with which one can get lost in such a vast canyon if one strays off the trail is emphasized by many accounts.

The book includes an account of the
Not all the cases here are tragedies; the authors included many near-misses and daring rescues. But the book emphasizes the importance of paying attention to the demands of this spectacular natural wonder.

[I've also enjoyed - and been horrified by -
Death in Yellowstone by Lee H. Whittlesey, which recounted many of the ways in which people have died while visiting or working in Yellowstone Park.]

Released 1 mo ago (4/16/2024 UTC) at Derry Rail Trail (see notes for details) in Derry, New Hampshire USA


I left this book, bagged against the elements, propped up on the charmingly-painted stanchion at the trailhead on Bowers Rd; hope someone enjoys it! (Note the beaver den in the background.)

[See other recent releases in NH here.]

** Released for the 2024 52 Towns in 52 Weeks challenge. **

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