Rodney Montgomery of Otis Orchard, Washington, died while hiking the Appalachian Trail on Monday April 21st, 2014. He was 59 years old and had been ill while hiking the trail. According to coroners reports the man had died of natural causes while on the trail. His body was found by a trail hiker passing through the Matt’s Creek shelter in the George Washington National Forest of the state of Virginia.
Rodney was hiking with his brother before the incident who says they decided to split up at the shelter and meet up later at a designated location called Troutville, something that should never be done by hikers who are hiking in pairs. When you have an ill hiker in your party it is wise to remain with that person in case a need arises that could need the assistance of someone that was able to run for help.
Although this was an accident it is no secret that there are people found deceased along the Appalachian Trail every year, usually elder hikers, although there have been a few incidents with guns and bears and such. Hiking the Appalachian Trail is a great adventure for those that are up to the challenge of all ages. Lasting memories are made on this trail and there are those that you will meet that you will never forget.
We, the hikers of the Appalachian Trail, mourn for this great loss of a fellow hiker and hope and pray that the man’s family will find peace in the midst of their storm quickly.