Melanie Hamling Wiki – Melanie Hamling Biography
Melanie Hamling, a 57-year-old woman died while hiking eight miles in the 100-degree heat of Grand Canyon National Park.
Melanie Hamling, whose identity was confirmed by park authorities, was walking with another person near the Tuweep area of the park on Sunday when she fell unconscious. By the time help arrived, Hamling was dead. “My best friend, partner and amazing human, Melanie Staples Hamling, passed away Sunday from heat exhaustion while hiking in the Grand Canyon,” Hamling’s partner Russ James wrote on social media. “I am heartbroken, lost and unsure how to go on without her. She was very kind and became friends with everyone she met. There are no words.’
Hamling was hiking with a friend when the heat overtook her and it took hours for help to arrive at the scene. As cell phones don’t work in the remote area, the other unidentified hiker left Hamling to seek help. When the ranger located Hamling around 1 a.m. m. Monday, she was pronounced dead at the scene and no resuscitation efforts were made. “All of our rangers are trained at minimum EMT level, if resuscitation efforts were warranted they would have been used.” “This is an extremely remote area with only one full-time ranger covering tens of thousands of acres of the vast canyon with unpaved roads,” a National Park spokesperson explained.
Melanie Hamling was 57 years old.
Melanie Hamling died in the Grand Canyon in 100-degree heat
The tragedy has highlighted the real dangers of hiking in extreme heat, especially for those who are not acclimatized, the Grand Canyon official told DailyMail.com. Park rangers advise hikers not to hike inside the canyon between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. m. and 4 p.m. m. during the summer months as parts of the trail can get over 120 degrees. The temperature in the Tuweep area on Sunday topped 100 degrees and reached nearly 114 degrees in some places, according to the park service. An excessive heat warning will remain in effect through Wednesday, the service confirmed.
An investigation into the incident is underway by the park service and the Mohave County Medical Examiner. It comes less than two weeks after a stepfather and one of her stepsons died after hiking in extreme heat at Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas. They had ventured out with the 21-year-old’s brother, battling 120-degree heat, to tackle the challenging Marufo Vega Trail when the teen lost consciousness. Terrified and desperate for help, the 31-year-old Florida man ran back to his vehicle. He drove off for help but lost control and ended up driving over a popular tourist lookout. He had died when the police found him. The 14-year-old boy’s older brother was carrying him back to the trailhead when he too died. While autopsy results on him have not yet been made public, investigators believe that he too may have died from the heat. More than 600 people in the United States die each year from extreme heat, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A 2021 study found that heat-related deaths have skyrocketed 74 percent since 1980.