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Woman falls to her death from Angels Landing in Zion National Park

November 30, 2009 |  3:23 pm

Angels Landing hike

Another fatality has occurred on Angels Landing trail in Zion National Park, with a woman falling approximately 1,000 feet to her death Friday.

Pocatello, Idaho, resident Tammy Grunig, 50, was hiking the steep and narrow trail when she fell.

After receiving a 911 call from another hiker, park rangers closed the trail for a short time Friday while conducting a search operation, which concluded later that day with the recovery of Grunig's body.

Circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated by the Washington County Sheriff's office and the National Park Service.

This is the second death on the trail this year. In August, 55-year-old Glendora resident Nancy Maltez died after falling about 1,000 feet from it.

Colleague Julie Sheer, who wrote the related posts linked below, concluded that perhaps more extreme warning signs and limiting access to permit-only hiking might prevent deaths such as the one that occurred this weekend. I wonder now if more serious thought will be given to such measures, or if it even should be.

--Kelly Burgess

Photo: A portion of the Angels Landing trail. Credit: Julie Sheer/Los Angeles Times


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