Many start hiking as an escape from the chaos of everyday life. A long hike is great exercise, gives you time to reflect, and allows you to reconnect with nature. But it can also be a dangerous activity. Before you go wild, read these tragic stories of hikers who disappeared on the trail.
Lost on the Trail
Sixty-six-year-old Geraldine Largay, a Tennessee woman, decided to take on the Appalachian Trail in Western Maine in 2013. The trail is surrounded by thick vegetation, boulders, and caves, according to Dottie Rust and her hiking partner, Regina Clark, who are believed to be the last people to see Geraldine Largay. The hikers were climbing the steep Poplar Ridge when they ran into Geraldine at a covered camping shelter.
Geraldine’s plan was to hike all 2,100 miles of the trail, and at the time she met Clark and Rust, she’d already completed 1,000 miles. By all accounts, she was having a great time. So, what when wrong?