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Hiker fatality along Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon National Park

On the afternoon of No­vember 16, at approxi­mately 1:30 p.m., the Grand Canyon Regional Com­munications Center was alerted of an emergency by a personal locator beacon on the Bright Angel Trail, approximately 1.5 miles north of Havasupai Gar­dens. A hiker was reported unresponsive, and a rescuer immediately responded on foot from Havasupai Gardens.

The Devil’s Corkscrew along the Bright Angel Trail (NPS/J. Baird)

Additional National Park Service (NPS) search and rescue personnel responded via helicopter. Upon ar­rival, rangers pronounced the hiker deceased.


The victim has been iden­tified as 65-year-old, James Handschy, Oracle, Ariz., who was attempting to hike from the South Rim to the river and back.



An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the NPS in coordination with the Coconino County Medical Examiner. No additional information is available at this time.

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