Girl Dies at Ice Caves
On Saturday, a chunk of ice fell from the Big Four Ice Caves and killed an eleven year-old girl.
On Saturday, a large chunk of ice fell from the Big Four Ice Caves and killed an eleven year-old girl.
This is an unspeakable tragedy, made even more so by reports that the girl and her family were neither in the caves or on them. The Seattle Times reports that the girl and her mother, who was injured, were standing on the ice field adjacent to caves.
Despite its billing as a family-friendly hike, the Big Four Ice Caves can be extremely dangerous. Once or twice a year, and as recently as this past March, we implore hikers not to climb in or around the caves. This is especially true during the heat of the summer when high temperatures make the ice particularly unstable.
If you choose to hike to the Big Four Ice Caves, please stay far back from the icefield and the caves themselves.
We are so deeply saddened by this tragedy. The girl and her family are in the thoughts of all of us at WTA.