A sad backpacking story: Duluth man dies during hike to Canoe Area

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What a heartbreaking story.

A 27-year-old Duluth man had died while hiking in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area

The yet to be identified man was backpacking the Devil’s Cascade/Sioux Hustler Hiking Trail with two friends when he suddenly fell ill and unable to continue the hike.

When he fell, one of his friends searched for a cell phone reception to call for help while the other stayed with him. Lt. Kurk Erickson, who was part of the rescue team, said they attempted to reach him by foot and boat, but the snow, sleet and rain had hampered their efforts.

And before they arrived, he already died in a remote wilderness area near Lower Pawness Lake.

Erickson added, “We were able to find him 7 miles into the Boundary Waters on the Sioux-Hustler Trail. Whatever the cause of his medical emergency, it appeared to have claimed his life.”

According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, while the cause of death didn’t seem to be suspicious, an autopsy will be made before details could be released.

Rest in peace, Duluth Man.

And to all backpackers out there, the USDA recommends that you take a map and a compass when hiking the Sioux-Hustler Trail – which happens to be a 30-mile round-trip hike.

After all, it pays to be safe.

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