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Wyoming hiker dies of hypothermia

Allen Best

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – It wasn’t a grizzly bear that killed him, although a grizzly did nibble on his body after he was dead. Instead, it was probably his decision to continue hiking off-trail through the night while still wet that caused the death of 24-year-old David Anderson.Hypothermia, noted the Jackson Hole News & Guide in telling the story, can cause a delirium that results in bad decisions.Anderson and a friend had been hiking toward a fire lookout when they became confused. After camping one night, they were retracing their steps back to the lookout the second day when Anderson got off trail again.What motivated Anderson to leave both the trail and his companion was not clear to searchers who easily retraced Anderson’s route by impressions left by the soles of his Merrell boots, reports the Jackson Hole News & Guide. Perhaps he thought he was taking a shot-cut to the lookout. But instead he wandered in another direction. Later, he crossed another clearly marked trail, but did not stay on it, and instead ended up wading through a creek that was sometimes waist deep.That’s what ultimately did him in. Out for a second night, he did not get into his sleeping bag and get warm as the temperature dropped down to the 30s. He kept hiking, blooded by a tumble that fractured a vertebra in his neck and caused other injuries. Finally, he laid down in a meadow and died of hypothermia. He was only an hour’s walk from a highway. West Nile found at 8,000 feetGRANBY – There had been hope that the ski resorts of the high mountains would be spared the worry of West Nile virus. Some limited studies at 10,000 feet and anecdotal evidence suggested that the species of mosquitoes that transmit the virus are not found above 8,000 feet.But the Sky-Hi News reports that a bird infected with the virus was found at Granby, which is right at 8,000 feet. Overall, the spread of the disease slowed this year in Colorado, apparently due to the uncommonly cool weather.Vail, Colorado

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