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R.I.P. Lana - GCNP, AZ
mini location map2013-12-06
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R.I.P. Lana - GCNP, AZ 
R.I.P. Lana - GCNP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 06 2013
Hippy
Hiking2.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
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Stephenny, myself and Firefighter Matt headed down BA in search of a memorial plaque hidden "deep in the woods" and well off the beaten path below Lookout Studio.

Found it!

The first 5 feet of BA are slick with ice then from there all the way down to 1.5 Mile Resthouse the trail is covered in snow except for two or three spots where the sun hits it most of the day, great place for a thaw break!


I'm sure you've all heard the story of Lana V. Smith but it can be read in Michael Gighlieri's Death in The Grand Canyon: Chapter 1, Falls from The Rims, Page 13.


I found this article on her story in MG's book:


"The most gripping for the authors is the story of Lana Virginia Smith, 28, who fell to her death after teetering, drunken, at the Canyon's edge after dark. They uncovered the details of the moments just before her death, including how one park ranger had to be sent away from the edge because of his own distress, and how another rappelled, half harnessed, in vain to the edge where she had lain until just seconds before his arrival.

"Abruptly the other rangers' stomachs sank as they saw Smith's last visible hand release the bush, then vanish. Smith called out, then screamed in terror in a sickening Doppler effect. A few more rocks clattered downward and dropped off. Then silence."
- Anne Minard AZ Daily Sun June 28, 2001


She was not buried at the place of the memorial plaque but I'm sure her spirit is resting in peace knowing that her friends and family and coworkers went to such trouble to place her plaque in a lovely wooded copse with such a fantastic view of our beloved Grand Canyon.
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