National Parks Traveler is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit media organization. Near where we stopped to snack at Scout’s Landing, several other hikers were discussing the recent sentencing of a man who allegedly pushed his wife off of this very cliff. However, people are at greater risk of heat exhaustion (one guy made the climb in 110 degree weather with only 12 ounces of water) and car accidents. When I was 8 years old in 1962 we went up Angel's Landing on Christmas Day. Suddenly the Narrows Trail looks much more attractive. The trail follows the narrow spine to the final viewpoint roughly 1500 feet above the canyon floor. Eventually, we left the river’s edge and began ascending again, now flanked by the wind-shaped walls of Zion Canyon. His point is valid though. This hike will take between 3-6 hours; your legs will burn, your knees may shake, and the view will take your breath away! He then strikes his wife’s illicit lover several times on the head. Over the years five people have died in falls from Angel's Landing....the most recent death occurred yesterday morning with a 29-year-old Las Vegas woman fell 1,200 feet to her death. The terrain here was scrubby and green, with few leafy trees to shield us from the desert sun that beat down on the exposed mountainside. This once again put us on flat terrain that followed a riverbed for a while. Yesterday, we hiked a beautiful trail called Angel’s Landing. Charles Black, 71, sat emotionless in Knox County Superior Court during Tuesday’s opening arguments as authorities laid out their case against him. And yet she lost her life? There is only one. As it turned out, however, this brought us only to Scout’s Landing, still an impressive vista but not the endpoint of the trail. It roughly follows the path of the Virgin River for some time along the West Rim Trail, slowly gaining elevation in sandy terrain. — -- An inheritance and infidelity caused a retired social studies teacher in Maine to push his wife off an 800-foot cliff, prosecutors argued in court. It left a lasting impression. I doubt "Mooks" intent was to offend. From where we were we could look up and see the overhang of Angel's Window. It begins at the Grotto drop off point on the park's shuttle system, which operates from early spring through late fall. Five life's have been lost on this trail? Towards the end of the trail, it gave way to a series of extremely steep and tightly wrapped switchbacks with no purpose other than to rush us as quickly as possible up the last hundred feet or so to the summit. The Latest Articles from the National Parks Traveler. I think they typically err in the favor of safety which also increases their liability. The Park Service is well aware of the exposure on these sections and has anchored heavy chains into the most precarious spots so you have something to hang onto. I don't believe you would have posted such a heartless comment if it was your cousin that fell to her death. Within minutes, my hat and gloves were in my pockets and my jacket was unzipped. I donned a fleece, wind shell, hat, and gloves before leaving the car. Angels give us signs of impending danger. A man desperate for his pregnant wife to lose weight is pushing her to exercise, almost to the brink of exhaustion. She was young and had a great life, she had a great voice and was very much loved my everyone who knew her. but my cousin Bernadette had been hiking from a very young age she new about the dangers. I had to do it in uniform so that I wouldn't chicken out and head back down (I could imagine children mocking me: "Mommy, mommy, look at the scared park ranger!"). Chains embedded in the rock to aid climbers would be the only thing standing between us and a plunge of more than 1000 feet to the canyon floor. Other hikers unloaded gear from their cars and snapped photographs of the prismatic canyon walls as small children played in the fallen leaves that carpeted the lawn. I really do think if there were mandatory requirements about safety on that trail such as safety harness's she would be alive today. When we went up the last bit my father slipped on the ice and the chain and pipe came out of the rock, leaving him dangling for a few seconds until my mother grabbed him. It is terrible that she is gone, she was an avid hiker and she still fell and lost her life? There is risk involved, and I'll never do the climb again. Or at least have very severe warning about how dangerous it is, even to the point that maybe everyone past a certain point should wear a safety belt connected to the chain link? In fact, reaching the top of the landing can be unnerving at times as you have to climb up some steep, and narrow, stretches of rock. Maybe we should be strapped into our easy chairs and have the pictures of Angel's Landing piped into our TV sets. reply; Submitted by admin on August 24, 2006 - 8:18am. A few minutes after that, I was carrying the jacket and regretting having brought it at all. You must have JavaScript enabled to use this form. It occurred to me that if Emily were to slip, I might find myself falsely accused of murder. I could understand it if maybe everyone who has fallen off was not used to hiking or had hardly ever been on a hiking trail? Hey "Mooks" or whatever your name is, have some respect for the deceased and her family. And to further his point natural areas are inherantly dangerous places. My wife says "You're NOT going up there" after seeing some video some people took. 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