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rickyd26
26-07-09, 06:05 AM
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(CNN) -- Search teams combing the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona found a body on Saturday believed to be that of a missing 20-year-old hiker, the National Park Service said.


Bryce Gillies, 20, left last Saturday for a backpacking trip, saying he would return Monday.

Bryce Gillies, a student at Northern Arizona University, left last Saturday for his backpacking trip through the Deer Creek-Thunder River area of the park, and said he would return on Monday. A search effort was launched on Tuesday after he was reported missing.

Some 50 National Park Service volunteers and staffers from Grand Canyon and nearby parks joined in the search. One search team found a body in the Bonita Creek area on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. (7:30 a.m. ET) that "has been presumptively identified" as Gillies, according to NPS.

"The body will be recovered by helicopter via long-line operation and transferred to the Coconino County Medical Examiner," NPS said.

It is the second death this month at Grand Canyon National Park, a world-famous landmark that receives about 5 million visitors yearly.

A California man drove his car over the edge of canyon's South Rim, plunging some 600 feet into the ravine. His July 13 death was ruled a suicide.

More than 100 hikers have died at the park between 1925 and 2006, half of them fatal falls, according to Michael Ghiglieri and Thomas Myers, authors of "Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon."

Meatpie
26-07-09, 11:00 AM
RIP, looks cute.

Have you been to the Canyon Ricky?

Is it really dangerous, I've seen it only on pics and TV.

100 deaths in that single place, really is a lot.

rickyd26
26-07-09, 01:46 PM
Yes, I have been there. Beautiful place...it is only dangerous if you decide to go hiking or climbing along the cliffs...then, it is very dangerous...as our newest CDG could tell us, if he could.

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Meatpie
26-07-09, 02:16 PM
Thank you for posting the pics, looks awesome....and dangerous.

How do you get to there, can't see any roads ?

Or you just walk?

I hate hiking, I once went to the mountains here on foot with my family and we were so ehausted and got blister, it takes hours to walk just several kilometres.

That is why I prefer mountain biking but I have to stay at home because of the extreme heat.

Yesterday it was 43'C outside, you could easily faint if you sit in the Sun.

what do you prefer ricky - hiking or biking?

Does your son have a mtb?

LOL

rickyd26
26-07-09, 02:37 PM
There are lots of tourist viewing places where you pull your car over and look out over the views..there are fences and safe viewing sites. I love hiking...but, maybe in a safer place. The pictures cannot show how big the place is...the views go for miles and miles...

Little.Boy.Rot
27-07-09, 12:48 AM
LOL
How could you die going to the grande cayon?
Simple...stay with the tour guide?

Entilzha
27-07-09, 10:36 AM
Flash Floods can occur anytime, even with experienced guides they can happen...

Little.Boy.Rot
28-07-09, 12:18 AM
Hosnap really?
Lol i had no idea