second hiker dies within days in Death Valley National Park | California News



DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) – Death Valley National Park rangers remind visitors to limit stressful activities during the scorching summer heat after another hiker has died along the same trail in a few days.

Blake Chaplin, 52, of Leawood, Kansas, was found dead on August 21 along the Golden Canyon Trail, the park said in a statement Tuesday.

A search and rescue team recovered the body after it was reported by a hiker early in the morning. The cause of death was under investigation by authorities in Inyo County, but no foul play was suspected, the park said.

On August 21 and 22, temperatures reached 109 degrees Fahrenheit (43 Celsius), below the daily normal of 115 F (46 C).

Authorities said Lawrence Stanback, 60, of San Francisco died on the same trail on August 18. Heat stroke was suspected in his death.

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“While these temperatures may be cooler compared to a typical Death Valley summer day, care should still be taken when visiting in hot weather,” the park said.

Summer visitors should limit the hike to the relatively cooler hours of the morning, end hikes by 10 a.m., drink plenty of water, eat salty snacks, and stay near air conditioning. The landscape is easily visible from places within walking distance of a vehicle.

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