A husband and wife were camping at Zion National Park when the temperature plunged, and the woman began to show signs of hypothermia as conditions became unbearably cold.
The pair began their hike the previous day, but by the time the following morning hit, there was much that transpired. Other hikers found the husband injured and the wife clinging to dear life after exposure to harsh conditions.
Other guests tried to perform CPR on the woman, but it was to no avail. She passed away from what she was exposed to during the couple’s intense hike.
However, the husband and wife were not the only ones to find trouble at the Zion National Park. Emily Sotelo, 19, died after getting lost while hiking in Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire. She had been completing her goal of climbing all of the state’s 48 peaks before her 20th birthday.
Her body was found on Mount Lafayette, where she had set out on a hike four days prior. Sotelo, an avid hiker, ended up off trail Sunday evening in single-digit temperatures and 40 to 60-mile-per-hour winds, blowing snow.
Sotelo was happy to be out in the woods and was ready to take on anything, but was ultimately unable to survive the conditions.
Officials with the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team searched for Sotelo for several days, using aircraft and scent dogs to help track her down. However, the investigative teams eventually reclassified their efforts from a rescue mission to one relating to just recovery.
During their search, officials said temperatures had dropped to zero. In addition to this, windspeeds were making the chill factor -30 degrees Fahrenheit. State park authorities warned hikers of the dangers of hiking while underdressed in the state’s infamous White Mountains.