Adventures in the wilderness can be dramatic and deadly. Glacier National Park’s death records date back to January 1913, when a man froze to death while snowshoeing between Cut Bank and St. Mary. All told, 260 people have died or are presumed to have died in the park during the first hundred years of its existence. One man fell into a crevasse on East Gunsight Peak while skiing its steep north face, and another died while moonlight biking on the Sun Road. A man left his wife and five children at the Apgar picnic area and disappeared on Lake McDonald. His boat was found halfway up the west shore wedged between rocks with the propeller stuck in gravel. Collected here are some the most gripping accounts in park history of these unfortunate events caused by natural forces or human folly.
- About the author: Randi Minetor has written more than 25 books for Globe Pequot Press, including Cursed in New York: Stories of the Damned in the Empire State, as well as five books in the National Park Pocket Guides series on Great Smoky Mountains, Everglades, Acadia, and Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks and Gulf Islands National Seashore; Backyard Birding: A Guide to Attracting and Identifying Birds, Hiking Waterfalls New York, Scenic Routes & Byways New York, and Day Trips Hudson River Valley. She lives in Rochester, New York.