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As temperatures soar, Grand Canyon National Park hiker dies in rim to rim attempt

At 7,000 feet, a number of Grand Canyon trailheads might seem to offer perfect hiking weather. But temperatures below the rim can be a lot warmer. The heat has likely led to a hiker fatality on the North Rim.

Park rangers strongly discourage hikers from attempting to hike to the Colorado River and back in a single day, especially in the summer, when exposed parts of the trail can reach more than 120 degrees.

On Saturday, search and rescue teams received a call about a hiker in distress about a mile south of Cottonwood Campground.

Attempts to resuscitate him failed. Park officials said the 55-year-old Virginia man was trying to hike from the South Rim to the North Rim.

Ron Dungan has lived in Arizona for more than 35 years. He has worked as a reporter, construction worker, copy editor, designer and freelance writer. He's a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the undergraduate Writers’ Workshop, and has a master’s in history from Arizona State University.Dungan was an outdoors reporter and member of the storyteller team at the Arizona Republic, where he won several awards, and was a contributor on a border project that won the 2018 Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.When not working, Dungan enjoys books, gardening, hanging out with his German shorthaired pointer, backpacking and fly-fishing. He's a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.