Man survives 90 ft fall into the grand Canyon...others weren't so Lucky


Nick Smith, from Kanab, Utah, survived a 90-foot fall in the Grand Canyon and caught it on camera. Despite the plunge he was lucky enough to escape with only a few scares and bruises and no broken bones. Others weren't as lucky. A San Diego teen fell hundreds of feet to his death from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, National Park on february 2, 2017. Luis E. Gonzalez, 18, was alongside a parking lot at the entrance to the South Kaibab Trail when he apparently lost his footing and fell approximately 350 feet off the vertical canyon wall at about 5 p.m. Saturday, park spokeswoman Emily Davis said. Due to the steep terrain in the area, snow, ice and impending darkness, rangers could not recover Gonzalez’s body until a few days later when they were able to access the site by helicopter. In the summer of 2016, 35-year-old Orlando resident Colleen Burns accidentally stepped off an edge at Ooh Aah Point, about a mile down the popular South Kaibab Trail, and fell over 400 feet to her death. Also in the summer of 2016, Jameson Whittaker, 23, of Irvine, California plummeted several hundred feet over the edge of the Grand Canyon, at Mather Point. The Grand Canyon averages 15 deaths a year, mostly two heat stroke and exhaustion. Since the mid-1800s, some 770 people have died in the Grand Canyon—and due to inconsistencies in the record, the real number is probably higher. Thanks to Kenneth Field, Damien Saunder, and Esri we can explore the canyon’s sprawling geography of death. “Over the Edge 3D” is an interactive, comprehensive map of the landmark’s bloody legacy, inspired by the book Over the Edge: Death in Grand CanyonTrue to its name, the map can be viewed in 3D if you have Chromadepth glasses. But exploring it with no special gear is also depressingly gripping, like doing a scavenger hunt where all the “prizes” are helicopter accidents, drownings, heart failure, or being crushed by a falling mule.



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