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Fri., June 28, 2013, 12:28 p.m.

Slip on snow kills Washington hiker in Glacier Park

Glacier National Park road crews reach Logan Pass and begin clearing the visitor center parking area on June 4, 2013. (National Park Service)
Glacier National Park road crews reach Logan Pass and begin clearing the visitor center parking area on June 4, 2013. (National Park Service)

HIKING -- A Washington man hiking early season in Glacier National Park slipped on a snowfield and fell about 100 feet to his death on Wednesday.

Charles Fred Huseman of Packwood died from trauma suffered in the fall from the Highline Trail, which was still closed because of the snow patches leading to steep dropoffs.

Witnesses told park rangers that Huseman was hiking the trail when he slid on a snow field and fell, landing along the Going-to-the-Sun Road about a mile west of Logan Pass. Huseman died at the scene. 

Comment:  An ice ax is essential equipment for hiking high slopes and passes early in the season.




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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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