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Yikes....this sort of reminds me of that story several years ago where a man who was dying of cancer went out with the intention of dying doing what he loved. He let himself freeze to death.

I hope this man didn't suffer too much.


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That's not good at all.  What do you do if you were to come up on something like that... especially if you didn't have a cell phone signal?  I wonder what the cause of death was?  

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That's not good at all.  What do you do if you were to come up on something like that... especially if you didn't have a cell phone signal?

Hike out and find a ranger.  If the guy's already dead, there's no particular need to rush a chopper in there ASAP.  Sooner is better than later for obvious reasons, but it's no longer an emergency.


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Saturday was a pretty nice day. Sunday the rain and cooler temps came in, and it has rained and hovered around 40* ever since. Tricorner is over halfway into the trip he was doing and I wonder if it was his first or second night.
Sad news at any rate.  :(
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That's too bad. I wonder if maybe he had a heart attack.
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Well if your going to go hopefully it was pain less and doing something you love.
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We hiked to icewater from mt leconte saturday night, one shelter away from there.  There was a guy that came in late saturday evening from tricorners, he had to have passed him on the trail.  Something you really hate to hear for sure.
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Well if your going to go hopefully it was pain less and doing something you love.

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In a shelter, no foul play -- sounds like heart attack, stroke, something like that.

Of course it is sad when someone passes away, but if this indeed was from natural causes then he would have died anyway. It could have happened while he was at work, or at home, or behind the wheel of his car the could end up killing or hurting someone else. If he was on the trail presumably it was a passion of his, so at least he went out sucking the marrow of life on his last breath. RIP.


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That's not good at all.  What do you do if you were to come up on something like that... especially if you didn't have a cell phone signal?  I wonder what the cause of death was?  

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That's not good at all.  What do you do if you were to come up on something like that... especially if you didn't have a cell phone signal?  I wonder what the cause of death was?  

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The vast majority didn't.
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here' s an update i got from the park's pio......





"Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rangers have identified the deceased hiker found at Tricorner Knob as Richard Lemarr, age 50, from Knoxville, TN. Due to the remote location and inclement weather, Tennessee Highway Patrol successfully evacuated the deceased today using their hoist helicopter.

Lemarr was discovered deceased at Tricorner Knob Shelter by Rangers early Wednesday afternoon, January 16, 2013. Lemarr left Newfound Gap on Saturday morning intending to hike 30 miles along the Appalachian Trail to Davenport Gap in North Carolina. Rangers have remained at Tricorner Knob Shelter since the discovery and the shelter has been closed to the public.  

Park Rangers are investigating the incident with the assistance of the Swain County Medical Examiner’s Office. The cause of death does not appear to be suspicious. "
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Well if your going to go hopefully it was pain less and doing something you love.

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In a shelter, no foul play -- sounds like heart attack, stroke, something like that.

Of course it is sad when someone passes away, but if this indeed was from natural causes then he would have died anyway. It could have happened while he was at work, or at home, or behind the wheel of his car the could end up killing or hurting someone else. If he was on the trail presumably it was a passion of his, so at least he went out sucking the marrow of life on his last breath. RIP.

+1 on that.  People die in far worse ways every day.


I'll just tip my hat and raise a drink to the guy going out doing something he enjoyed.  I should be so lucky when my time comes.


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