Tragedy

Hiker who died on the Appalachian Trail survived 26 days after becoming lost

Geraldine Largay, 66, survived for 26 days after getting lost on the Appalachian Trail in 2013. (Maine warden service)

A hiker whose remains were found on the Appalachian trail last year survived 26 days after getting lost, documents have revealed. Geraldine Largay, 66, kept a journal during her final weeks, aware that it could take years for her remains to be found.

Largay, of Brentwood, Tennessee, who went missing in 2013, was fulfilling a long-held ambition to walk a section of the trail when she became lost after leaving the route to relieve herself. Documents released by the Maine warden service on Wednesday show she had tried in vain to get in contact with her husband by phone. “When you find my body, please call my husband George … and my daughter Kerry,” wrote Largay in a page torn from her journal. “It will be the greatest kindness for them to know that I am dead where you found me — no matter how many years from now.”

Largay’s husband George reported her missing on July 24, 2013, after she failed to show up for a rendezvous. She had lost her way just two days earlier. She had set off on the journey with a traveling companion, who left because of a family emergency. Largay’s remains were eventually found 3,000 feet from the trail by a forestry surveyor.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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