For the second time in little more than a week, an experienced hiker has died on a Northeast peak.
The body of Hua Davis, 61, of Wilmington, Delaware, was reportedly discovered by forest rangers around 4 p.m. Saturday, March 6, on the backside of MacNaughton Mountain in the Adirondacks.
Davis reportedly started her hike on Friday, and when she was reported overdue after failing to meet a group on Saturday morning, rangers began following her trail. Officials said they believe Davis became hypothermic and disoriented on the mountain. An autopsy found she died of hypothermia due to exposure. Temperatures in the area Friday night and early Saturday morning were around zero degrees.
Those who knew Davis have described her as an avid hiker who was very experienced and passionate about mountaineering. She was Saranac Lake 6er #1000, and she posted on Facebook she was planning to hit the six peaks later in the weekend after meeting up with the group of people on Saturday.
MacNaughton Mountain just misses the cut as a 4,000-footer, with an elevation of 3,983 feet. But it can be a challenging climb. It has no maintained trail, and the only herd paths are near the summit. Because it isn’t an official 4,000-footer, and because it doesn’t offer any notable views, the mountain attracts few climbers.
News of Davis’ death comes just a week after New York guide Tim Hallock was found frozen to death in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.