Such sad news. A young man of 18 who’d fallen from Sleeping Giant yesterday has died of his injuries. The first reports said he’d been on the Tower Trail, the one Helaine and I walk, when he fell and plunged 200 feet.
It didn’t make sense. The Tower Trail is challenging because it’s 1.6 miles of incline. There is little danger on the trail itself.
Today came word he’d been on The Chin. The Chin is just off the trail near the Tower. It’s where the image at the top of this entry was taken.
As a place to take pictures or just stare out into Central Connecticut it’s alluring. I’ve been there many times and always think about my footing and where my next step will be. I’m always looking for a tree to hold onto.
It’s easy to see how you could fall from The Chin. It’s a rocky outcropping with an uneven surface and little room for error.
I feel awful for this young man’s family. How tragic it must be for them. There is nothing that will bring their son back.
I hope this terrible accident doesn’t change the mountain. Sometimes the beauty of nature is only appreciated when a site is left natural. Warnings signs, handholds and restrictions are not the answer to this horrible loss.