Shang­hai woman dies hik­ing in US

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By LIA ZHU in San Fran­cisco li­azhu@chi­nadai­

A Chi­nese woman who was re­cently found dead in Yosemite Na­tional Park in Cal­i­for­nia might have drowned while hik­ing the Pa­cific Crest Trail, said the park. In­ves­ti­ga­tion re­sults are ex­pected to be re­leased this week.

Wang Chaocui, 27, was last seen by other hik­ers on July 17. Her body was re­cov­ered from a river in Ker­rick Canyon late last month.

Wang, also known as Tree, had lived in Shang­hai and quit her job to hike the Pa­cific Crest Trail, a 4,200-kilo­me­ter route along the US West Coast, Chi- nese me­dia re­ported.

She was found about 1 kilo­me­ter down­stream of the trail crossing.

“She was a sweet­heart. She al­ways had such an amaz­ing at­ti­tude and smile,” said a hiker un­der the name “Rhaven” in a com­ment posted at red­

An­other hiker, “Can­tor0101”, said Wang may have de­cided to hike alone be­cause “she had made it through the heart of the Sier­ras and was al­most out of the re­ally treach­er­ous stuff.

“I have no idea if there was fric­tion be­tween her and her hik­ing mates,” Can­tor0101 said.

Heavy rains this win­ter have swollen rivers and ob­scured some parts of the Pa­cific Crest Trail un­der snow, mak­ing the hik­ing route more treach­er­ous than usual.

Sto­ries have been re­ported of some hik­ers slip­ping into fast creeks and be­ing swept away by the cur­rent.

A week be­fore Wang’s death, the body of a Ja­panese tourist who was hik­ing the Pa­cific Crest Trail was found in a river in Kings Canyon Na­tional Park.

In late May, Marvin Novo, 58, of Tur­lock, Cal­i­for­nia, died while hik­ing near White­wa­ter Pre­serve.

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