Denali Visitor Death on Sept 9, 2009
Contact: Kris Fister, 907-683-9583
James Brown, 48, of Coto de Caza, California died from what appear to be natural causes while participating in a ranger-led Discovery Hike near the Teklanika River on Wednesday, September 9, in spite of the lifesaving efforts by fellow hikers and rangers on scene.
The group was hiking east of Igloo Creek Campground near the Teklanika River when Brown suddenly collapsed at 12:45 p.m. After determining that Brown was in cardiac arrest, the ranger leading the hike immediately began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), assisted by others in the group. He also notified the park communications center of the emergency by radio. Ranger-medics responded by helicopter and performed advanced cardiac life support measures in an attempt to restore a pulse, but were not successful.
Brown’s wife was accompanying him on the hike. His remains were released to a Fairbanks mortuary after consultation with the Office of the State Medical Examiner.
Did You Know?
Nearly 500 vegetation plots have been installed in Denali, to monitor climate change. Warmer temperatures allow woody plants to grow at higher elevations, invading the fragile and unique plants already in high alpine tundra - and threatening the animals that depend on those specialized plants.